November Highlights

Well, I have had a busy December.  After returning home from Thanksgiving, I have managed to work everyday!  Not the most exciting thing, but I should be able to leave work earlier and get a good long winter break.  Needless to say, I haven’t had much time to do any research, blogging or blog reading.

I was fairly active investing this last month.  I added substantially to my oil positions and to UL.

Black Friday Blowout

Recent Buys


Emerson Electric (EMR) and Intel raised dividends (~9 and ~6) respectively.  I was happy that INTC raised the dividend and since management tries to peg the payout ratio to 40%, I think that means they see brighter prospects  ahead.

Dividend Income

I began November with 12 month expected dividends of ~4557 and finished with ~4884.  A substantial rise due to the large investment I made on Black Friday. I passed another milestone and I am very close to meeting my goal of 5k by the end of the year.

For the month of November I totaled 285.82 in dividends.  This was a slight increase of about 3 dollars from August and a 77% increase from last November (161.24).

I should be on track to earn over 4k in dividends by the end of the year.

December Purchases

My December action will probably be limited.  I like to fund my Roth account right at the beginning of the year, so I am collecting funds and will probably not a normal purchase before the year is out. I may however make a purchase with my reserve cash if a great opportunity arises.  I would like to put an additional 400 to work in UL, but that may be put on hold as well.  We shall see.

Portfolio Shrinkage

I have about 44 positions in my account and with multiple spin-offs coming in, I may need to look at trimming some of my weaker positions and adding those funds to other companies I own.  A few candidates that I may trim include ARCP, T, VZ, SYY. With the exception of ARCP, the others are in my Roth account and wouldn’t be taxed.  That comes into play a little bit, but if the investment doesn’t fit, it needs to go.  I am negative at the moment with ARCP, so there will be a little tax harvesting there.

Basically, these are companies that do not have a high dividend growth potential and I could replace them with suitable candidates of similar yield (without reaching for it).  Some potential investments include the Oil Blue Chips I own, KMI, VOD or any others that have a solid change of raising the dividend by 8% or more over the next 5 years.

Once I am on vacation, I will do a scrub and see what I can improve upon!


Another solid month all around.  I am pleased with my progress and overall have identified a few areas of improvement and I hope to be able to start executing them by the end of the week.

Take care all!

Disclaimer:  Long all stocks mentioned.


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4 Responses to November Highlights

  1. DivHut says:

    For a guy that was away from his portfolio and blog for a while there sure was a lot of action to say the least. I’m happy with the EMR raise. It just keeps chugging along. Curious to see which companies will make your chopping block too. It’s a rare event when a DGI blogger decides to sell. I’m always curious to know the reason why. Thanks for sharing all these updates. Look forward to see the final total for 2014 dividends too.
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    • ILG says:

      Hi DivHut!

      Agreed! EMR is one I would like to increase my ownership of. I may do that at the beginning of the next year when I add more cash to my Roth.

      I plan on going over my investments in a couple weeks and layout a 2015 roadmap!

      Take care!

  2. Great work, ILG. Congrats on adding to your oil and UL positions. Out of curiosity, which holdings are on track for spin-offs?

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    • ILG says:

      Hi R2R,

      Baxter is splitting into two (much like Abbot did), BBL is spinning off its mining division and if I wanted to, I could trade some of my GE shares to get some shares of Synchrony. Not going to do that one, but its an option.

      Good the have options!

      Take care!