Weekly Purchases – 09/02 & 09/09


I’m reporting my automatic purchases for the last two weeks: I Bought: $700 of BP $700 of ESV I used $1400 in new capital and added $77/year to my dividend income.  This is an average yield of  5.5%. Note: I’ve been busy and didn’t realize I hadn’t posted my purchase last week.  I’m still finding a lot […]

Dividend Increase – Philip Morris (PM)

PM announced 09/10 a quarterly dividend increase from 0.94 to 1.00.   The dividend is payable October. 10, 2014 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 25, 2014. This is an increase of 6.4%.  It’s not quite as good as the last few increases but still well higher than inflation.  For a higher yielding stock, it’s still a great […]

Dividend Increase – Verizon (VZ)

VZ announced 09/04 a quarterly dividend increase from 0.53 to 0.55.   The dividend is payable Nov. 3, 2014 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 10, 2014. This is an increase of 3.8%.  It’s not great but about what I’d expect from a telecom company.  VZ is a company that I expect a higher starting yield and slower […]

Monthly Update – August 2014

The summer is coming to an end and football is finally here!  Texas had a good game against North Texas but now we’ve lost our starting center (broken ankle) and our quarterback will sit out next game due to concussion-like symptoms.  We can’t catch a break… I continue to deploy all of my extra capital in […]

September 2014 CCC Rankings


It’s time for another addition of my CCC rankings by 10-year YOC. **Changes – This is the second month that I changed the P/E cap to 20 from 18.  I’m hoping that some higher growth stocks will now show up. What I Did I decided to take the CCC spreadsheet and rank the stocks based on […]

Energy Savings – New Pool Pump Installed


So if anyone read my latest solar electric bill report, you may have remembered that I found something new to save money.  When I installed my solar system, I had an electricity monitoring system also put in.  I’m able to monitor my electric usage in real-time.  I can walk around the house and flip lights […]

Options Update – ESV, GE

I’ve been doing pretty well on the options front since that speculative loss I took at the beginning of the year.  I don’t have a chance of meeting my goal of $5k in options premiums this year but I think I can break the $2k mark.  That’s still not bad considering the small amount of […]

Sell & New Purchase – TGH & MO


    As a buy and hold investor, I still monitor my positions.  I don’t view any stock as a buy and hold “forever” type of company.  Some companies require more “checkups” than others.  For instance, I’ve been keeping a very close eye on TGH and I hardly have to glance at what KO or […]