Monday, April 24, 2017

13 Option Moves to Boost My Investment Income


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iShares Russell 2000 (IWM), Currency Shares Euro Trust (FXE), iShares Silver Trust (SLV), Sector Select SPDR Utilities (XLU), SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), Nike, Inc. (NKE), SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ), Gold Miners ETF (GDX), Qualcomm (QCOM) Option 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.  


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Weekly Roundup - April 22, 2017

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.
I missed last week's Weekly Roundup because it was finally time to head back home which was more than welcome.  Unfortunately I knew it was going to be a quick turnaround before heading back to work so that meant we were busy, busy for the time I was home.  Although I can't complain one bit because I got to spend time with my wife and daughter.  We met up with some friends, spent some time walking around a botanical garden near our house and visited family on Easter.  There might not have been much relaxing going on, but it sure was worth it.  All in all it was a great few days at the house.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dividend Growth Investing at Work - Feel Good, Look Good and Build Your Wealth

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Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Procter & Gamble for the dividend increase!
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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

18 Option Positions to Boost My Investment Income

dividend growth investing, option strategy, call option, put option, income investing
iShares Silver Trust (SLV), Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), Hormel Foods (HRL), SPDR S&P 500 (SPY), Qualcomm (QCOM), SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), Union Pacific (UNP), Gold Miners ETF (GDX), CVS Health Corporation (CVS), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Visa, Inc. (V) Option 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, April 18, 2017

Dividend Growth Investing at Work - 20 Consecutive Quarters of Dividend Raises

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Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Omega for the dividend increase!
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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Net Worth Update - March 2017

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March 2017 Net Worth Update
While cash flow is more important when it comes to financial independence, it's still good to look at the balance sheet too, which is why I provide these net worth updates.  Since more and more of my net worth is tied to the markets, there's a larger correlation between my net worth and the markets but in the long run as I continue to save and invest the net worth trend should be higher even though short term fluctuations can vary wildly.  As a dividend growth investor I'm not overly concerned with the short-term gyrations as long as the dividend stream remains in tact, but the markets' effect is noticeable.

March finally quieted down after the historic run since Trump's election.  The S&P 500 actually declined ever so slightly by 0.04%.  So the markets didn't do much to help out my net worth.  Nevertheless, those dividend payments of nearly $850 came in handy and actually accounted for nearly 100% of the net worth increase.

For the month our net worth increased $866.65.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dividend Growth Investing at Work - 61 Years and Counting

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Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Procter & Gamble for the dividend increase!
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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

14 New Option Positions to Boost My Investment Income

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Visa, Inc. (V), Bank of America (BAC), Union Pacific (UNP), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Target Corporation (TGT), V.F. Corporation (VFC), Lowe's Companies (LOW), United Parcel Service (UPS), Apple Inc. (AAPL), Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ), Pfizer (PFE) Option 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, April 11, 2017

9 Option Moves to Boost My Investment Income

dividend growth investing, option strategy, call option, put option, income investing
United Parcel Service (UPS), V.F. Corporation (VFC), Digital Realty Trust (DLR), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Realty Income (O), Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ), Gold Miners ETF (GDX), MasterCard (MA), iShares Silver Trust (SLV) Option 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.  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dividend Update - March 2017

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Dividend Update - March 2017
It's the end of one month and the beginning of another so it's time for my favorite update: my dividend update.  These dividend updates reflect all dividends that I receive through my investing pursuits. I hope they can help inspire you to take control of your own finances and invest to build a passive income stream. What you use that stream for is up to you, whether it's to fund early retirement, just provide some FI/FU money, or even to provide for an annual vacation; the key is that it can provide options and open up all sorts of possibilities. You can check my dividend income or progress pages to see what dedication to an investment plan can give you.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Help Me Out: Traditional or Roth IRA

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We've just about wrapped up our 2016 taxes.  Finally.  The past few years we've been fortunate enough to be above the MAGI threshold to contribute to a Roth IRA.  Good problem to have, right?

Well, with 2016's taxes just about completed I was expecting us to be able to contribute to Traditional IRAs in order to lower our taxable income.  Apparently, that's not the case.  My understanding of the tax law is that we can only contribute a paltry amount, about $800 per IRA, because I had access to a 401k last year.  Nevermind the fact that I was laid off in April so I only had access to it for about 1/3 of the year.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Weekly Roundup - April 8, 2017

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.
And just like that the first week of April has come and gone.  It won't be long and we'll be back in the middle of earnings season which always has the prospects of unlocking some value in the stock market.  Of course now that I'm being quite active in the options market via my Rollover IRA I'm looking forward to the higher option prices centered around earnings releases.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

13 Option Moves to Boost My Investment Income

dividend growth investing, option strategy, call option, put option, income investing
SPDR S&P 500 (SPY), Nike (NKE), Volatility Index (VIX), Bank of America (BAC), Kroger (KR), Whole Foods Market (WFM), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), Gold Miners ETF (GDX), Union Pacific (UNP) Option 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.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dividend Update Preview - March 2017 [Infographic]

Somehow time keeps marching forward whether we want it to or not and now the 1st quarter of 2017 is already in the books.  It still feels like it should be January or maybe early February to me, but here we are already in April.  The great thing though is that while time keeps moving, that also means that dividends keep rolling in.

Come check out how much these companies paid me to do absolutely nothing for the company!  That's the kind of work-life balance that I love!

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My real-life portfolio monthly dividend update for March 2017

*The Versum Materials (VSM) dividend increase was the initiation of their dividend since being spun-off from parent company Air Products & Chemicals (APD).  Therefore there are no percentages for the increase or cumulative raises received.

With the 1st quarter of 2017 in the books are you on track to meet your dividend goals for the year?

Let me know in the comments below.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Weekly Roundup - April 1, 2017

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.
Blink and it's gone.  Somehow the first quarter of 2017 is officially over now that the calendar has turned to April.  That's hard to believe and yet it's true.