September Portfolio Highlights

It has been a fairly active September for me.  Lots of work!  It is good problem to have.  I am very fortunate to be in the position that I am.  September has been very active on the Loyal3 front and I acquired enough dividends + contributions in my main investment account to make an additional purchase.   The market continues to slowly cruise southward, I am looking at deploying some funds I have in savings and I have already increased my Loyal3 purchases to 100$ per week from 50.    And a few interesting portfolio developments!

Walmart (WMT) has partnered with Green Dot to offer checking accounts to their customers.  I like this move, the goal is of course to get more foot traffic in the stores.  That matters more than whatever fees/money they could make on the checking accounts.   Additionally, WMT added the CEO of Instagram to the board.  I am not exactly sure about that, publishing selfies is a different business plan (none) than running an e-commerce website.

Dividends

Last year I received $342.02 in dividends.  This year I increased that by almost 50% and ended with $510.93.  Pretty solid year over year!  I improved on June by a few dollars.  My 3rd quarter income was $1,039.14, which is pretty awesome and higher than the 2nd quarter, so overall slow but steady progress.

You can see my Progress page for additional information.

Dividend Increases

It was a great month for dividend increases:

Raises
Company %
ACN 10
LMT 12.8
MCD 5
MSFT 11
PM 6.4
VZ 3.8

All raises about what I expected and overall raises that I am happy with! So far 36 of 42 companies have given me raises this year.  INTC does not appear to be set to raise, however I have not added to the position and probably won’t sell it.  It is in a taxable account and the tax would probably take a lot longer to recover.  Now if they cut the dividend, then I will sell.

New Positions

No new positions this month.

Added Positions

I bought an additional 1% of GIS (20 shares), after a few days the market made it cheaper. I am going to have to consider adding more, however with the decent pullback there are a few other positions I would like to add too.

I have added cash steadily to my Loyal 3 Positions and it has been a pretty solid month.

Loyal3 Additions
Company Cash Shares
DPS 25 .3958
K 50 1.1986
MAT 100 3.0467
UL 50 1.1171
WMT 75 .9817

I have returned my ROTH account to a drip because I don’t accumulate enough cash in there to be doing anything but reinvesting.

Dividend Decreases

None.

Sales

None.

Conclusion

Another good month and quarter.  I would like my savings rate to be a little higher and with my house expenses settling in, I think I should be able to make that happen.  We shall see!

How was your month?

Disclaimer: Long all stocks mentioned

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5 Responses to September Portfolio Highlights

  1. Wow! Over $500 in dividends is fantastic! Keep up the great work!

    R2R
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    • ILG says:

      Thanks R2R! I don’t think the upward YoY change will continue! I hope to keep going up each quarter though!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. DivHut says:

    Great achievement with over $500 in passive income for just one month. I’m not quite there yet but on my way. Your year over year increase is amazing as well. I know it’s been said before but this just illustrates the power of dividend investing and creating and ever growing income stream. Thanks for sharing and look forward to your next update.
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    • ILG says:

      Thanks DivHut! It is great to be able to see measurable progress with something that is yours to do whatever you want with! Growth on paper is nice, but you can’t do anything with it unless you sell!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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