Notable Expected August Dividend Raises

Dividend raises mean higher payouts and more money for me to purchases additional shares with.  Below are three companies I own that I’m expecting news from in August. First is BHP Biliton, (BBL). BBL has been consistently raising their dividends for 12 straight years. From their website: “BHP Billiton has a progressive dividend policy. The aim of the […]

August CCC Dividend Stock Rankings

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Another month has passed and it’s time for my monthly addition of the CCC rankings. What I Did I decided to take the CCC spreadsheet and rank the stocks based on their 10-year YOC.  If you are unfamiliar with what Yield-On-Cost is (YOC) then refer to my get started tab or see below for an example.  If you don’t […]

New Purchase – Whole Foods Market (WFM)

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So most people don’t get too excited about the grocery store.  Well, I happen to live in Austin, TX where the world headquarters of Whole Foods is located so I’m a little biased.  However, every time I’m in one of their stores, it’s packed and shoppers love it.  I can honestly say it’s the only […]

New Purchase – Caterpillar (CAT)

It’s no secret that shares of Caterpillar (CAT) have hit multi-year lows.  Caterpillar is a cyclical company that manufactures mainly construction and mining equipment.  I believe cyclical companies should be bought on weakness especially since they have many more down cycles than other companies. I had set an alert in my E*Trade account for when […]

Motif Investing Portfolio Update

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I haven’t posted an update or made any changes to my Motif account for a while but I wanted to take a look at how it’s doing.  I originally posted my Motif Review back in the middle of last year.  If you haven’t checked out Motif yet then I’d recommend taking a look.  You basically get […]

Dividend Increase – Conoco Philips (COP)

What I love most as a DG investor is collecting dividends.  My close second love would be receiving dividend increases.  I love seeing companies increase their dividends year after year. COP is the latest in dividend increases for my portfolio.  I’m happy to be a shareholder and hope to keep accumulating more shares of this wonderful […]

Dividend Increase – Kinder Morgan (KMI)

KMI announced today a quarterly dividend increase from $0.48 to $0.49 per share that’s payable August 14, 2015 to holders of record July 31, 2015.  This represents a 14% increase from the same quarter last year. This is the 56th distribution increase since 1997! KMI remains a full position in my portfolio and I’m currently holding with no plans to […]

A Penny Saved is a Penny Invested

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I’ve recently begun a Get Started series that aims at providing some good information for investors starting out but also good reinforcement for veterans out there as well. I figured one of my first articles should be about saving money since you technically have to save money before you have any to invest with. You […]

The Role of Compound Interest in Your Portfolio

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It’s been rumored that Einstein said the most powerful force is compounding [interest]. So what is compound interest? Simply put, compound interest is interest calculated on not only your initial principal but on any accumulated interest as well. Simple Example: Jack invests $10,000 and earns 7% interest per year. Year 1: Starting amount = $10,000. […]

What Kind of Investor Are You?

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This article will pertain solely to investors of equities.  I will include real estate investing posts separately. When it comes to investing, I put most investors into two categories: passive investors and active investors. Passive Investors: These investors typically don’t conduct a lot of research into the companies/securities that they are investing in.  This could […]