Sunday, July 19, 2015

June 2015 Dividends

Another good month of collecting dividends and reinvesting them in my IRA.  For my taxable account I continue to amass cash so I can make a purchase.   My market is looking better so I hope to have some cash to deploy soon.

The biggest surprise I missed was ol' blue with a large increase of 15.4 percent.  I did the math a few times to be sure of it (but I could still be wrong). If that is their pace for the future and they meet or beat earnings going forward I might have to add to my position.

 Company
Account
Dividend
Div Received
Shares of Life Purchased
June
CVX
IRA
1.07
9.73
0.0969
No change in dividend
TGT
IRA
0.52
9.11
0.1155
No change in dividend
MSFT
IRA
0.31
7.64
0.1639
No change in dividend
ED
IRA
0.65
50.88
0.8843
No change in dividend
MCD
IRA
0.85
9.39
0.0988
No change in dividend
ORI
IRA
0.185
19.41
1.2418
No change in dividend
RIG
IRA
0.15
8.57
0
No change in dividend/not reinvesting in this
MCY
IRA
0.618
64.73
1.141
No change in dividend
UHT
IRA
0.64
67.51
1.4528
.7% increase vs. last dividend
COP
Taxable
0.73
8.96
0
No change in dividend
AGNC
Taxable
0.2
5.67
0
No change in dividend
IBM
Taxable
1.3
5.27
0
15.4% increase vs. last dividend...go blue
NUS
Taxable
0.35
8.15
0
No change in dividend
VNR
Taxable
0.118
0.27
0
No change in dividend
HRZN
Taxable
0.115
6.99
0
No change in dividend
CTL
Taxable
0.54
9.3
0
No change in dividend


Compared to the same time last year my dividends were cut in half or so.  The biggest change was the complete dividend cut (SDRL) and partial cut (RIG).  This was a large chunk of change I will never get back from them.  This was a purchase before I knew better and was very high risk.  Any dividends I received from them did not come close the loss I toke from Mr. Market when they cut their dividends.  You are always learning in life that is for sure.


Happy dividend collecting,
DFG

Thursday, July 9, 2015

DFG Moving On Up

It has been a busy past couple of months for the Dividend Family Guy.  My wife is due with our next installment of the clan in August and I switched jobs in June.  What I thought was a good decision turned out not to be.  Less stress is good right?  Not so much.

The 10% loss of income I talked about some time ago created more friction between me and the Mrs. Than I thought.  Sure we didn't go deeper in debt but my budget was so tight you could bounce a nickel on it.  We weren't living on mac & cheese but we weren't doing much of anything except for free or discounted family fun things.  That didn't really bother me since we had fun regardless of how much it cost.  What has been bugging me is I haven't had any cash to invest no matter how much I trimmed the fat.

Could I have trimmed more?  Sure but it wouldn't have been enough to invest again on a regular basis.  To do that you either have to earn way more money or cut a big item out of the budget.  For me that left earning more money.  Luckily an opportunity presented itself and it came with a nice pay increase.

The company I now work for is a Global Fortune 100 company and I already owned some of its stock.  I am happy to work for a company with a strong brand and reputation and who knows it may be my last job switch.  The stuff we are working on is near and dear to most people's pocket books and could change the industry the company is focusing on.  Vary vague I know but it is good stuff.

The first week of work my manager gave up his conference ticket to me and I was off to New York City.  My coworker and I were in the Financial District for the conference so I snapped a few pictures I thought you all would enjoy.

Enjoy,

DFG

The Bull - Couldn't get close to my friend that has been helping our accounts for the past couple of years.

We walked this famous street which is open to only foot traffic these days.

Tech problems sure, but the building looked cool.

Another view of the New York Stock Exchange.  I love old buildings.

This one is for you No More Waffles!

AMEX now known as NYSE MKT


Own MCD and probably the flashiest one I have ever seen.

Another time square stock I own.
Last picture but not the least.  We will remember this day forever!