New Purchases – Week of 08/25/15

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I’m reporting my automatic purchases for this past week: I Bought: $1100 of CVX $700 of MDT $200 of BBL I used $2000 in new capital and added $96.89/year to my dividend income. This is an average yield of  4.84%. $50 per Week Challenge: From now until the end of the year, I’m going to challenge myself […]

Dividend Announcement – BHP Billiton (BBL)

BBL announced today a semi-annual dividend payment of 0.62, same as last payment.  This will still provide a yearly increase of 2%.  This isn’t much but in this tough commodity environment I’m just happy to have them hold the dividend steady.  This also doesn’t take into account the fact that they spun off another company that was earning […]

A Review of What Makes CFD Good for New Investors

The following article is a third party contribution: If you’re a long time reader here, you’ve no doubt accustomed yourself to technical language and industry jargon. It’s really not that complicated, but it’s totally necessary. Jargon is a kind of shorthand which we use to cut down on the words it takes to express simple concepts. […]

Dividend Increase – Altria Group (MO)

MO announced Friday a quarterly dividend increase from 0.52 to 0.565.   The dividend is payable October 9, 2015 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 15, 2014. This is a solid increase of 8.7% which follows last year’s increase of 8.3%.  Altria Group has raised its dividend 49 times in 46 years! I love dividend raises!  MO […]

New Purchases – Week of 08/18/15

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I’m reporting my automatic purchases for this past week: I Bought: $300 of CVX $200 of TD $200 of UL I used $700 in new capital and added $29.44/year to my dividend income. This is an average yield of  4.21%. Note: I’m building back up my CVX position.  These prices are multi-year lows and I just […]

New Purchases – Week of 08/11/15

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I’m reporting my automatic purchases for this past week: I Bought: $500 of CVX $400 of TD $300 of BBL I used $1200 in new capital and added $61.19/year to my dividend income. This is an average yield of about 5.65%. Note: I’m building back up my CVX position.  These prices are multi-year lows and […]

Sell – Baxter (BAX) & Baxalta (BXLT)

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I sold out of my positions this morning in both BAX and the spinoff, BXLT. Strike 1 – Low portfolio weight Ok, to be honest this one isn’t as big of a deal.  If I really believed in the companies then I could build them up to full positions but I think my money can […]

Lending Club Makes it to Texas

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Finally!  I have been really anxious to try out Lending Club.  I received an email near the end of July that Lending Club was now available in Texas.  Previously you were only allowed to trade notes on the third party Folio Investing site.  The filters there weren’t very good at all and the notes were […]

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 […]