Saturday, December 3, 2016

Weekly Roundup - December 3, 2016

Curated list of articles on dividend growth investing, financial independence, freedom and passive income
Happy Weekend!  Check out what's been going on in my world and some of the best articles from around the blogosphere.
You'll have to forgive me for the missing Weekly Roundup from last week.  Thanksgiving week started off with me getting sick and it was horrible.  I essentially couldn't keep anything down, even water, so it wasn't any fun when you add that on top of having chills.  No fever really, just chills.  I pretty much slept for all but about 6 hours from noon Saturday through Monday morning.  I love sleep, but not when it's like that.  Luckily, I kicked that by Monday afternoon of Thanksgiving week.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dividend Update Preview - November 2016 Infographic

Come look at how many dividends these excellent companies paid me in November just for owning a small piece of the company!  

The full breakdown will hopefully come tomorrow, but you can get the advanced look here!

dividend growth investing, dividends, stocks, investing, financial independence
My real-life portfolio monthly dividend update for November 2016

How were your dividends in November?  With 1 month left in the year how do you stand on your goals?

Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lowe's Companies - Low Enough?

dividend stock analysis, DIY, home improvement, Lowe's
Lowe's Companies - Low Enough?

Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) is the second largest home improvement retailer in the United States operating over 1,850 stores across all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. While much of traditional retail is suffering due to continued growth of online retail, Lowe's is largely insulated from that since they operate in the hardware/home improvement space.
In July Lowe's share price traded above $83 which was too rich of a valuation. However, since then the share price has declined around 15% to just under $71 per share. That kind of decline got my attention and made me want to analyze Lowe's Companies to determine whether Lowe's makes an attractive investment at this time.
Dividend History
A dividend growth investment must do two things: pay AND grow the dividend payment and one of my favorite quick screens to identify high quality companies is their dividend history. Companies don't find themselves in a decades long streak of growing dividends by accident. Rather it takes a strong company with a solid business model and a willing management. That doesn't mean the future will be as bright; however, sticking with companies that have lengthy dividend growth streaks will lead you towards quality companies.
Continue reading the article on Seeking Alpha.

dividend stock analysis, DIY, value investing, long term investing

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Recent Option Transactions

dividend growth investing, option strategy, put option, income investing
V.F. Corporation (VFC) & AT&T, Inc. (T) Put Options
As part of running this blog that chronicles my journey to financial independence I like to be open and honest with all of my transactions.  Typically that revolves around buying shares of high quality companies that I deem to be at fair value or less.  And occasionally there's a sale of a company like when I closed one of my positions earlier this month.  Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around.  If it creates my own "investment journal" to detail why I made the move and my expectations, well that's even better.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Five Successful Binary Options Strategies That Actually Work

Binary options are very popular among novice investors because of the easier accessibility through online trading platforms and better returns which can be as high as 80%. As a binary options trader, you should follow certain effective trading strategies in order to remain a successful investor.  
There are different kinds of trading strategies which can be followed based on your market expertise and experience level. You should choose the strategy based on your trading style and what works out really well for you. Choosing the right underlying asset is also very important when trading with binary options. Though you have lot of assets to choose from, such as stocks, commodities, Forex currencies and market Indices etc., you should only choose the asset you are most familiar with so that you will be able to predict its future price movement more accurately. Apart from adopting various trading strategies, it is also important to devise an effective trading plan that you should follow strictly.
Let's discuss various strategies in detail:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Flurry of Options Activity

dividend growth investing, option strategy, put option, income investing
Altria (MO), Lowe's Companies (LOW), Visa (V) & Medtronic (MDT) Put Options Activity
As part of running this blog that chronicles my journey to financial independence I like to be open and honest with all of my transactions.  Typically that revolves around buying shares of high quality companies that I deem to be at fair value or less.  And occasionally there's a sale of a company like when I closed one of my positions earlier this month.  Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around.  If it creates my own "investment journal" to detail why I made the move and my expectations, well that's even better.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dividend Growth Investing at Work - Healthy Raises from the Healthcare Sector

Concept of how dividend growth investing works, Becton Dickinson & Company, BDX, Health Care
Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Becton, Dickinson & Company for another raise!
Something I love about dividend growth investing is that each month I get to hear about companies I own deciding to pay me more money in dividends.  Just for owning a small portion of said companies.  Not going and doing R&D for new products or technology.  Not selling any products.  Not managing any employees or inventory.  Not making sales calls.  All I had to do was have the foresight to invest some of my savings in excellent companies.  That's dividend growth investing at work!  I mean who doesn't like getting a raise for doing nothing?  Dividend growth investing is far from a get rich quick investment strategy, rather you need to remain focused on the long term goal to be successful.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Weekly Roundup - November 19, 2016

Curated list of articles on dividend growth investing, financial independence, freedom and passive income
Happy Weekend!  Check out what's been going on in my world and some of the best articles from around the blogosphere.
Well, this week brought little news to report regarding purchases for my portfolio.  However, that doesn't mean I was just sitting idly by.  I was quite busy in the options market although there was one move that went against me due to an unexpected 8% pop in the share price just a week from expiration.  Since it was a covered call and I wasn't really ready to give up the shares that meant it was time to do some position maintenance.  It wasn't the prettiest of moves, but I did get to move my effective sale price up over 5% and most importantly bought myself time to try and manage my way through it.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Channelling Ludacris

dividend growth investing, option strategy, put option, income investing, covered call
Target Corporation (TGT), Halliburton Company (HAL) & Visa, Inc. (V) Options Activity
As part of running this blog that chronicles my journey to financial independence I like to be open and honest with all of my transactions.  Typically that revolves around buying shares of high quality companies that I deem to be at fair value or less.  And occasionally there's a sale of a company like when I closed one of my positions earlier this month.  Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around.  If it creates my own "investment journal" to detail why I made the move and my expectations, well that's even better.  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Recent Option Transaction

dividend growth investing, option strategy, put option, income investing
Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW) December 30, 2016 $65 Strike Put Option
As part of running this blog that chronicles my journey to financial independence I like to be open and honest with all of my transactions.  Typically that revolves around buying shares of high quality companies that I deem to be at fair value or less.  And occasionally there's a sale of a company like when I closed one of my positions earlier this month.  Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around.  If it creates my own "investment journal" to detail why I made the move and my expectations, well that's even better.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How I Plan To Invest The Assets From My 401k Rollover

dividend growth investing, option strategy, put options, long term, 401k, Rollover IRA
Investing a lump sum from a 401k Rollover

I think we've all had the dream of getting a phone call or a letter in the mail informing us that we had some long lost rich uncle that just left us a huge sum of money after he passed away.  Who wouldn't want to be in that situation?  One day you're grinding away at work and the next you immediately jump up a few notches on the wealth scale.

Of course I think we should all take our financial future into our own hands by living below our means and investing the difference.  That route has a much higher likelihood of success than hoping you have some long lost rich uncle out there.  But one can dream, right?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recent Options Transactions

dividend growth investing, option strategy, put option, income investing
Visa, Inc. (V) Put Options Transactions
As part of running this blog that chronicles my journey to financial independence I like to be open and honest with all of my transactions.  Typically that revolves around buying shares of high quality companies that I deem to be at fair value or less.  And occasionally there's a sale of a company like when I closed one of my positions earlier this month.  Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around.  If it creates my own "investment journal" to detail why I made the move and my expectations, well that's even better.  

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Weekly Roundup - November 12, 2016

Curated list of articles on dividend growth investing, financial independence, freedom and passive income
Happy Weekend!  Check out what's been going on in my world and some of the best articles from around the blogosphere.
Unexpected.  That's about all I can say for how this week has gone.  By now everyone has heard of Donald Trump's surprising victory in the Presidential election on Tuesday.  

Just as surprising was seeing the massive reversal in the stock markets.  Due to what I presume was the unexpected Trump lead in the election, and eventual win, futures on the DJIA were signaling as much as an 800+ point decline for the index.  Well, by the time I got up Wednesday morning that had move to just a 250 point decline and in late afternoon trading the DJIA was actually UP 300 points on the day.  That's an 1,110 pt swing from the low point the futures were forecasting to the high of the day.  Absolutely amazing.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Recent Options Transactions: Part Deux

dividend growth investing, option strategy, put option, income investing
Stryker Corporation (SYK) and Becton, Dickinson & Company (BDX) Put Options Transactions
As part of running this blog that chronicles my journey to financial independence I like to be open and honest with all of my transactions.  Typically that revolves around buying shares of high quality companies that I deem to be at fair value or less.  And occasionally there's a sale of a company like when I closed one of my positions earlier this month.  Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around.  If it creates my own "investment journal" to detail why I made the move and my expectations, well that's even better.  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Recent Option Transactions

dividend growth investing, option strategy, put option, call option, income investing
Cardinal Health (CAH) and Realty Income (O) Options Transactions
As part of running this blog that chronicles my journey to financial independence I like to be open and honest with all of my transactions.  Typically that revolves around buying shares of high quality companies that I deem to be at fair value or less.  And occasionally there's a sale of a company like when I closed one of my positions earlier this month.  Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around.  If it creates my own "investment journal" to detail why I made the move and my expectations, well that's even better.