Weekly Purchases – 08/12/14


I’m reporting my automatic purchases for this week:

I Bought:

$400 of UL (Unilever) – 3.5% yield
$200 of MCD (McDonald’s) – 3.5% yield

I used $600 in new capital and added $21.00/year to my dividend income.  This is an average yield of  3.5%.


Yes, boring I know.  I’ve made the same Sharebuilder purchases for three weeks.  However, I’m planning on a small but brand new purchase of a stock next week.  Stay tuned!

I continue building up a full position in UL.  With a giant portfolio of well-known brands and 3.5% yield, what’s not to like!

I am still adding a little more to MCD since it’s below an average weight in my portfolio (2.5%) and has also retreated a little in price.  At a 3.5% yield, I’ll keep adding to shares.


Just for some fun and to add some color I will be posting pictures of places I’ve been to.  It’s also motivation to reach FI so I can travel and do what I want to when I want to.

This is a picture from my recent trip to Hawai’i.  It was taken on The Big Island next to our resort.  I thought the clouds looked really cool.


    • All About Interest says


      You’re right, I suspect there will be a lot of boring trades from now on besides my options trading. I like MCD here and will keep adding in small pieces. A 6% yield on ESV is great, I have a large position already but am tempted to add more.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. says

    I agree. Boring is good. It’s the exciting stocks that are typically more expensive from a value standpoint. MCD is looking especially good at these prices and dividend yield. I wish I had more money to invest right now but have recently begun putting some of my excess into buying power for options.

    I also wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster award. It’s basically an award for bloggers given by other bloggers. It allows you to get a more indepth look at the person behind the blog posts and to discover new blogs. Keep up the good work!
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    • All About Interest says


      The way I wrote the sentence made it sound like something terrible. You’re right, boring investing for DG investors is usually a good thing. It’s boring because we aren’t putting the money in speculative stocks that have huge price swings. I know it’s sure easier to sleep at night with a DG portfolio.

      I too wish I had more free cash to buy stocks with. My business is a little slow this summer so I’m hoping things pick up by the fall. I’ll have to take a look at some of your options trades. My options account is smaller than I’d like it to be right now so I’m also adding to it. I just had a KO put expire worthless this weekend so I will need to post about that. That should free up a little cash to sell another put.

      Thanks for the nomination! I’m in the process of posting about the award, you’re the 3rd person that nominated me. So I’m flattered, but that means I have 15 questions to answer lol. No big deal, I think it’s a fun idea and I will try to get this posted before I get another nomination lol! I also love learning new things about our fellow bloggers and even finding new blogs that I had never heard about.

      Thanks again and take care!

    • All About Interest says


      Indeed, it’s not a bad thing at all. I love MCD at these prices and I’m obviously a buyer. I’m Lovin’ It!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • All About Interest says


      You’re right. I’m sure I will have a lot of these “boring” purchases. However, the dividend income is far from boring when it comes in.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. says

    MCD has been taking quite the beating. Their short term outlook does not look very good but their track record shows they bounce back every down period so their value is actually not too bad right now.
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    • All About Interest says


      Yes, and I think that beating is presenting a good opportunity to accumulate more shares. As a DG investor, I look for such weakness in stocks I hold so I can add more shares at a better price.

      Take care!

  3. says

    Yes, the clouds look like snow.
    It is interesting reading about your systemic investment approach. I like it. Although it is boring, I think it is the only way how a retail investor can build her wealth and do it right – without losing money.
    As far as MCD goes, I think it is a great opportunity now when it retreated and everybody hates it. As long as they keep the dividend rate where it is, or even increase it, there are no worries whatsoever and on any sell off this company is a buy.
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    • All About Interest says

      Hi Martin,

      Yes, they are really cool. I like being able to dollar-cost-average on a weekly basis. I catch the ups and downs and over a long period I should do well investing consistently.

      I agree with you on MCD. The recent weakness is nothing but an opportunity to add shares at a better price. I’m confident they will be selling Big Mac’s for many years to come.


  4. says


    Boring is great for a dividend growth portfolio. I like the investments in UL and MCD. UL is similar to PG in my books and you can’t go wrong investing in either of the consumer giants. UL has brands littered througout every family’s house. PLus the ocmpany pays a great dividend th a history of growing. NIce pick up. MCD is on my radar and I am getting ready to pull the trigger on an investment. The recent slump has presented a great opportunity to re-up or initiate a new position.

    Great pictures from Hawaii. It is on my destination bucket list. I can’t wait to go one day. I wouldn’t be able to look at that every day though because I would just get upset that I am not there! Maybe it is the perfect motivation.

    Keep up the great work and best of luck on your voyage!

    Bert, One of the Dividend Diplomats
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    • All About Interest says


      Yes, I imagine there will be a lot more “boring” trades since I already have close to my target of 40 positions. Yes, I’d wanted to add UL for a long time. I missed it when it was at a 52-week low but decided to start adding small purchases anyways and dollar-cost-average. I know I use a lot of their products and imagine most people do as well. I also like MCD here and am trying to bring it to a full weight soon.

      Thanks! I had a great trip and the scenery is breath-taking. Haha, yeah I do wish I was somewhere else not working but I know that day will come. For me, it’s extra motivation.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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