DFG February 2018 Dividend Income

The goal of dividend growth investing is to create an income stream from many companies that increase their dividend each year.To protect the income stream they should also be a diversified set of stocks across the many sectors of the industry.Let's see what companies worked for me and deposited those profits into my brokerage accounts.
This month I was visited by the telecommunications dividend fairies (VZ and T).While tight competition keeps them from large dividend increases, they provide a nice yield to purchase other dividend growth stocks.
My largest REIT holding (OHI) also did some heavy lifting and rewarded me with a decent chunk of change.  My REIT sector is near my target weight in the portfolio so those dividends will go toward other opportunities.

Company Ticker Dividend
Increase Dividends
Received Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. AHGP $.01 $0.74 Bowl America Incorporated BWL.A
$51.6 Gladstone Investment Corporation GAIN
$6.5 Lazard Ltd LAZ $.13 $11.79 Omega Hea…

March 2018 Dividend Growth Watchlist

Company Name Symbol Industry No. Years Dividend Yield Sector EPS% Payout +/-% vs. Graham Chowder Rule Principal Financial Group Inc. PFG Financial Services 10 3.27 Financials 26.19 (29.4) 23.0 Prudential Financial Inc. PRU Insurance 10 3.39 Financials 32.00 (41.0) 16.8 Helmerich & Payne Inc. HP Oil&Gas 45 4.34 Energy 33.86 (27.1)

January 2018 Stock Buys/Sells

I would like to say I am a buy and hold kind of guy but I am not.Sometimes I sell if my portfolio is out of balance.Sometimes I sell if the capital appreciation for a stock is worth 10 years of dividends at the current rate.I look to reinvest my capital in something that will grow and pay more dividends in the future.That pattern is performed in my tax sheltered accounts as I only plan to live off of dividends in my later years.As for my brokerage I try to hang on to stocks longer to minimize my taxes.
Besides my normal contributions to my 401k, below are the stocks I bought or sold.Also included is how it affected my forward dividends.
Stock Transaction Type Forward Dividends
(yearly) Notes AmTrust Financial Services Sell -$534.48 6 quarters with no dividend increase Delta Air Lines, Inc. Buy +$1.22 Bought 1 share testing out a theory Duke Energy Buy +21.36 Increasing utilities in my portfolio (from 0%) IBM Buy +$240 I used to work for them,they are on the right path Old…

January 2018 FrugalMaster Results

With all of the holiday spending out of one's system it always seems easy to not buy anything in January.By not buying stuff you are able to save a good bulk of your income.With the new budget in place I set out to do exactly that.
In an effort to be completely transparent with our money I created the budget and went over it with Mrs. DFG.She had a few questions but overall was OK with it.
We both understand it is important to save for retirement (hopefully early.)However with five children it can be challenging to create a plan where you are saving 75% of your income to reach FIRE.This is especially true for the DFG as I am the sole income and will be out of work in a month.

Category Spent FrugalMaster Notes Housing/
Insurance $2,282 Still paying extra $700 in principle.However after reading some Frugalwoods I may alter this.Liquidity is king (debating)?
I did incur an additional $22 home insurance charge since I no longer have my home and car insurance combined.Even…

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This webpage is provided for general information only and nothing contained in the material constitutes a recommendation for the purchase or sale of any security. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at dividendfamilyguy at gmail dot com.