August 2018 Dividends

OK, it isn’t the end of August but as far as dividends go, it is the end for me. August isn’t a great month for dividends for me, but it is OK because I still get some dividends, plus as you will see I also got a different surprise.

So first the dividends:

Robinhood Account:
Artesian Resources $2.39
Sandridge Permian Trust $5.42
HCP $9.25
EPR Properties $2.16
Realty Income $6.60
Orchid Capital, Inc. $27.99
AGNC Investment Corp. $7.20
Consolidated Communications $3.87
Interest Payment $.10
Total – $64.98

Charles Schwab Brokerage Account:
Realty Income $3.96
Interest Payment $.03
Total – $3.99

Charles Schwab ROTH IRA:
Realty Income $2.20
Interest Payment $.02
Total – $2.20

ICMA 457K Account:
Total – $0

Overall Total: $71.19
Not as cool as last month when I was over $100 but I know that next month is going to be huge. Why? Because most stocks (and most of mine are common) pay out in March, June, September, and December. Plus, I made 9% more in dividends this month than I did last year in August, so I can feel confident the dividends are still growing.

Not a dividend stock (yet), the big star stock for the month was AMD. I am over 49% gain just this month. I first bought this stock April 13, 2015. At that time I was experimenting with Bitcoin. As I was researching Bitcoin, then Litecoin, then Ripple, etc. I started to notice a trend, everyone was using AMD microprocessors in their mining rigs. The name was not unfamiliar to me. AMD was a rival to another company called NVDIA. They went head to head with each other in the 90s making graphic cards and NVDIA won, only to have both companies see major losses in the recession of 2008. I decided to do some research in the company and learned about how AMD builds graphic processors for use in embedded systems. A GPU with an integrated graphics processor is genius. This is not new technology, Intel is doing the same thing, the thing is AMD is doing it better. A smaller company than INTEL, AMD was poised to build better chips faster than anyone else.

In 2015 all the analysts were having none of that, my first purchase was made at $2.77. Downgrades came fast and furious saying AMD was going to lose their patent rights to INTEL, they had no market share, and no one could build a better chip than NVDIA. September 15th, 2015, I made another large purchase at $1.85. I was called an idiot and crazy but I trusted my research. It wasn’t until March of 2016 the stock came back to my buy price again. By April 2016 I had doubled my money, flip the stock, had some left over let it ride. Next flip came faster in November 2016, then again in March 2017. April 2018, I decided to make another buy at about $9.50, my current average is $7.33 for all my stock. Since I have already cashed out my earlier flips all the money I have in right now is basically profit on top of profit. I am up 231% on that.

Unbelievable, if only all my stocks could do that. I am however realistic, I know that nothing goes up forever. This is just one stock and INTEL and NVDIA are not going to just sit back and let AMD take market share from them. The next few quarters will be interesting, but I think AMD has a lot more space to run.

Fair disclosure, I am invested long in all the stocks mentioned in this post. I am not paid for this post, but if someone wanted to I would let them. Then again I doubt if many people read my posts, so I don’t think that is going to happen any time soon, I am just writing for the fun of it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Oops I am Lazy but My Money Isn’t

Oops, I have been lazy but as the title says, luckily my money isn’t lazy. As long as it is invested it continues to work regardless what I do, which I will discuss later really isn’t much. Here are some number so you can get an idea of where I have been with dividends (from all accounts):

Jan 18: 87.82
Feb 18: 47.61
Mar 18: 317.95
Apr 18: 94.90
May 18: 63.80
Jun 18: 758.62
Jul 18: 116.41

As you can see in February I was a bit low. I moving around some of my stocks that month so I ended up being a little low. Re-assessing your stocks every once in awhile I think is a good thing. I like to look at where my stocks are and see if they still stand the test of why I buy them.

One stock recently I felt I had to move on from was Dean Foods (DF). I liked the company but the writing is on the wall, people are just not so enthusiastic with dairy these days. Put in a few tariffs on our exports and I don’t see much a future for the company (at least not for the next 3 or so years. On the other hand I continue to love Southwest Airlines, which is great because their stock ticker is LUV. I have definitely increased my position in them lately. I think their model of budget, but still including the basics is going to work well for them. They are also really good at buying fuel contracts, so that acts as an extra bonus.

It is a bit of research but that is really not that much work because to me it is like a hobby. I like looking up information on different companies. A fun hobby that just happens to be netting me about $200 a month. I should also mention that the majority of my position is somehow related to the SP500, either through a mutual fund or just SPY, that just means I am investing in the economy as a whole, which to me is a very cheap way to go if you don’t have a solid opinion. All in all, not bad for sitting on my couch surfing the internet.

One Stream Secure

COLAToday I got a 4% COLA. COLA stands for Cost of Living Adjustment. Not much but it is the little things that add up. The last few years have been great for the economy but not so great for government workers. It takes many years before wages catch up to government workers but when it does it is a big thing.

The reason why it is a big thing when it happens is not much due to the raise in hourly rate that it produces. That is great, but for me it is more about my final compensation rate, the rate at which my pension is calculated. Pennies on the hourly, but that will recalculate into $1,000s when my pension is calculated.

In fact I calculated my pension right now and I am looking at $2,000 a month. This was my goal when I first thought about getting a job with a pension.

Why $2,000? I figure that I can live most anywhere with $2,000 a month. I wont be driving lamborghinis or living in Beverly Hills, but I can make a pretty good living with that amount. Despite my personal obsession of securing money, having a lot has never really been my goal. To me it is just about security.

Having one stream of income is good but it is always good to build up multiple revenue streams. So I will continue to build up alternate revenue streams. In addition to my pension income I am building up my 457K account (made up of mostly ETFs and mutual funds), an active stock portfolio, a dividend stock portfolio, a crypto currency portfolio, and a side website design business. Hopefully all these different investments will become revenue streams unto themselves to help support me later when I decide to stop my current revenue stream, AKA my real job.

December 2017 Dividends

Five months without a blog post!! This blog must be over, nope, just lazy, sort of… Anyhow, the good news despite what I do (or don’t do) the dividends still come in and they still accumulate.

The truth is the last few months I have been using my extra investing time playing the crypto currency markets. From my initial investment into bitcoin at $7K to my expansion out into alternative crypto currency investments it has been a pretty crazy world. Unlike the stock market investing in the crypto currency markets is a whole different ballgame. Back in 2012 I bought some coins at about $10 each. I remember in 2014 there being some talk about if it was going to be legal to own a bitcoin and so I sold them at about $150. I made a good profit but today one bitcoin is worth $13K. Had I kept those initial coins I would have now had about $12 million dollars. Instead I reinvested a few months ago at about $7K. Bitcoins jumped going as high as $19,000. I did a lot of selling and buying. I did not make anywhere close to $12 million dollars but I did manage to accumulate some new coins. In the end I now have a few ETH.X (also known as etherium), a few thousand XRP (also known as ripple), and a few thousand ETN (also known as electroneum). I also have a few thousand extra dollars that I am not sure what to invest with but I decided to keep in it in my crypto locker in case I need to make a few more quick trades.

This however is not what the title of my blog post is about. I am doing this blog post to talk about December 2017 Dividends. December is always a great time for dividends. Actually, it is always my best month. This is mainly due to my 457K account which consists of mostly mutual accounts that pay dividends in December. Add in a few special dividend payments and it makes for an awesome month. So without further ado here is how I did:

457K Account:
104.76+158.83+1364.09+588.15+131.08+917.49=$3264.40
Robinhood Account: $64.72
AGNC (American Capital Agency Corp.) – $5.94
DF (Dean Foods Inc.) – $2.70
EPR – (Entertainment Properties Trust) – $1.36
FUN – (Cedar Point) – $5.34
HSY – (Hersheys Inc.) – $1.97
KO – (Coca Cola Inc.) – $5.18
O (Realty Income Corp.) – $4.66
ORC – (Orchid Capital Inc.) – $28.56
WFC – (Wells Fargo & Co.) – $1.95
WTR – (Aqua America Inc.) – $2.46
YUM – (Yum Inc.) – $3.90
YUMC- (Yum China Holdings, Inc.) -$.70

Charles Schwab Account: $3.89
O – (Realty Income Corp.) – $3.82
Interest – .07

Total From All Sources: $3,333.01
Total Dividends 2017: $4,599.37
Percentage Increase from 2016: 57.61%

A 57.61 % increase in dividends and all I did was go on with my normal life. Pretty cool.

Also to recap last year. All my investments netted me an 18% increase in net worth over last year. Not bad at all.

May 2017 Dividends

Forgot to post my May stats, better late than never. Not a bad month. Working on June right now, it should be A LOT better…

457K Account: $0
Robinhood Account: $51.88
AGNC (American Capital Agency Corp.) – $5.94
ARTNA (Artesian Resources Corp.) – $2.32
CNSL – (Consolidated Communications) – $1.54
HCP – (HCP Inc.) – $7.40
O – (Realty Income Corp.) – $4.22
ORC – (Orchid Capital Inc.) – $21.28
PER – (Permian Trust) – $3.90
EPR – (EPR Properties) – $.68
YUM – (Yum Inc.) – $3.60
Interest – $1.00

Charles Schwab: $3.84
O – (Realty Income Corp.) – 3.80
Interest – $.04

Total May 2017 Dividends: $55.72

Shares Sold/Bought
O – (Realty Income Corp.) – Buy
FTR – (Frontier Communications Corp.) – Sell

April 2017 Dividends

So the stock transfer from Capital One to Charles Schwab is complete. This should be the last month that I get dividends from my Capital One account. All my previous investments have been transfered to either Robinhood or Charles Schwab.

This month I continued to gain in dividends by 5% over this month as compared to last year. So that is great.

On the bad news I bought a lot of shares in FTR but the market is not liking Frontier right now so I am in the red. Compounded to that is that the company just announced a reverse split (that is where you end up with less shares) and a 60% decrease of dividend. I can only hope at this point management knows what they are doing. For now I am OK to ride it out a few years but if things don’t turn around soon I could just as easily leave. Still trying to make up my mind if I still believe in the expansion into California.

457K Account: $0
Robinhood Account: $72.13
AGNC (American Capital Agency Corp.) – $5.94
O – (Realty Income Corp.) – $3.38
ORC – (Orchid Capital Inc.) – $21.28
LOAN – (Manhattan Bridge Capital Inc.) – $11.20
WMC – (Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp.) – $9.30
WIN – (Windstream Holdings Inc.) – $5.50
CIM – (Chimera Investment Corp.) – $2.50
EPR – (EPR Properties) – $.68
AI – (Arlington Asset Investment Corp.) – $6.88
SPY – (S&P 500 ETF) -$1.03
KO – (Coca Cola Inc.) -$4.44

Sharebuilder Account: $1.82
GE – (General Electric Co.) – $1.82

Charles Schwab: $3.84
O – (Realty Income Corp.) – 3.80
Interest – $.04

Total April 2017 Dividends: $77.79

Shares Sold/Bought
O – (Realty Income Corp.) – Buy
FTR – (Frontier Communications Corp.) – Buy
LUV – (Southwest Airlines) – Buy

March 2017 Dividends

March was kind of different for me because I decided to change some of my brokerage firms. When I first started investing I picked Sharebuilder because the interface was simple, fees were low, and they didn’t require a minimum investment. Now there are a lot more options for investing and I needed to start innovating my investment portfolio. The first part of that was to open a Robinhood account. I did that part a couple of years ago. The next part was to open a Charles Schwab account. Of course the question is why Charles Schwab? There are several reasons. First of all Sharebuilder a few years ago got bought out by Capital One. When they did that they got rid of a lot of the investor tools that used to be on the website. I preferred the old investor tools and find that the new tools with Capital One do not give me the information I need to make an investment decision. The second reason is due to the trading fee. With Capital One I paid $7.95 per trade and with Charles Schwab I pay $4.95 per trade. The last reason is the biggest reason I got a Charles Schwab account and it has to do with my new Charles Schwab debit card. The card is awesome. No fees ever. With my investment account I get a no fee interest bearing checking account. No fees for a checking account and they pay me for it! Go figure. Then it gets better because I get a Visa debit card with that account. Not just any Visa debit card, a completely no fee debit card. No fees for taking out money at any time! When I went to Japan and used my Wells Fargo card I got hit with so many fees. $2.50 by the atm, $3.00 for using a non-Wells Fargo atm, and a 3% money conversion fee. With Charles Schwab that is a thing of the past. So convenient.
To make that change I had to sell all my Sharebuilder stocks and then start to rebuy them on Charles Schwab. I probably didn’t make as much money as I could have but I still came out ahead so it was all good.

457K Account: $105.82
Robinhood Account: $84.01
AGNC (American Capital Agency Corp.) – $5.94
O – (Realty Income Corp.) – $3.37
ORC – (Orchid Capital Inc.) – $14.14
WMC – (Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp.) – $7.13
WTR – (Aqua America Inc.) – $2.30
WFC – (Wells Fargo Co.) – $1.90
HCP – (HCP Inc.) – $7.40
FUN – (Cedar Park LP) – $1.71
EPR – (EPR Properties) – $.68
HSY – (Hershey Co.) $.62
DF – (Dean Foods Co.) – $2.70
FTR – (Frontier Communications Corp.) – $36.12

Sharebuilder Account: $2.55
UL – (Unilever) – $2.55

Charles Schwab: $0

Total March 2017 Dividends: $192.38

Shares Sold/Bought
O – (Realty Income Corp.) – Buy
GE – (General Electric Co.) – Buy
SPY – (SPDR S&P 500) – Buy

February 2017 Dividends

With the Trump boost in full affect and the stock market in record territory I decided it was a prime time to look at my stocks and readjust them. When I first started investing I went with Sharebuilder because they required no minimal starting amount, the trades were relatively cheap ($7.95), they had an easy online interface, and it was a reliable company. A few years ago CapitalOne bought them out along with ING (which was my online checking account) and I haven’t been very happy with them. Money transfers take three days both going in and going out, the website got complicated and has less analytical tools, and the kicker is that they never give me my tax forms until March 1st.

For a long time I have been looking for a new online broker. I discovered Robinhood awhile back which has been a game changer (no trade fees), but I need some more options that Robinhood does not provide. I travel a lot and need more access to my money worldwide. After a bit of research I think I have found that Charles Schwab will meet my needs. They offer a full array of investment services, the online trading fee is $4.95 per trade, and they offer a interest paying (.10%) worldwide (no transaction fees) checking account.

Over the next few months I will be re-balancing my accounts. After selling out on my CapitalOne investment account I netted a real profit. I will set aside for the tax payment and then use the rest of the proceeds to buy other stocks. I think Disney is and Staples is a sell, so I am happy to be out of them right now. Also, I want to limit some of my exposure to oil (I think I was too heavy there). The rest I will be buying back in different amounts.

457K Account: $0
Robinhood Account: $31.72
AGNC (American Capital Agency Corp.) – $5.00
ARTNA (Artesian Resources) – $2.28
EPR – (Entertainment Properties Trust) – $.68
O (Realty Income Corp.) – $3.16
ORC – (Orchid Capital Inc.) – $14.00
PER – (SandRidge Permian Trust) – $3.60
YUM – (Yum Inc.) – $3.00

Sharebuilder Account: $33.77

CNSL – (Consolidated Cable) – $13.47
HAS – (Hasbro Inc.) – $3.72
KMI – (Kinder Morgan Inc.) – $1.66
O – (Realty Income Corp.) – $1.59
ORC – (Orchid Capital Inc.) – $13.33

Total From All Sources: $65.49
Added shares of the following companies:
WTR, ORC, FTR, AI, AGNC, O, EPR, and FUN
Sold shares of the following company:
CSAL, CIM, CNSL, FTR, LUV, CMCSA, GE, O, DIS, WM, WIN, UL, FUN, KMI, ORC, HAS, SPLS, SNV, FPI, BRKB