Energy Savings – New Pool Pump Installed

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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

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    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 […]

Weekly Purchases – 08/26/14

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  I’m reporting my automatic purchases for this week: I Bought: $750 of MO $500 of BBL $400 of DE $350 of AWR $250 of UL $250 of KMI I used $2500 in new capital and added $92.11/year to my dividend income.  This is an average yield of  3.68%. Note: Large purchase this week.  I […]

Dividend Increase – Altria Group (MO)

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MO announced Thursday a quarterly dividend increase from 0.48 to 0.52.   The dividend is payable October 10, 2014 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 15, 2014. This is a solid increase of 8.3%.  After this raise, Altria Group’s dividend is approaching the 5% mark.  Altria Group has raised its dividend 48 times in 45 years! I […]

Weekly Purchases – 08/19/14

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I’m reporting my automatic purchases for this week: I Bought: $200 of UL (Unilever) – 3.5% yield $450 of AWR (American States Water Co.) – 2.4% yield I used $650 in new capital and added $19.02/year to my dividend income.  This is an average yield of  2.9%. Note: It’s nothing new that I keep building […]

Dividend Increase – BHP Billiton (BBL)

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BBL announced this week a semi-annual dividend increase from 0.59 to 0.62.   Since I’m in the U.S., I hold ADR’s , and each ADR is worth two shares.  So my dividend payment will go from $1.18 to $1.24 per ADR that’s payable Sept. 23, 2014 to holders of record Sept. 5, 2014.  This represents a 5.1% increase to dividend. If you’ve been keeping […]

3rd Motif Purchase – AT&T, DOW30

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If you aren’t already familiar with Motif Investing, I would first recommend that you check out my review: Motif Investing Review by AAI You won’t see me recommend any products or services on my blog that I don’t use myself.  I guess I’m the guinea pig for Motif but so far I really like it. Once […]