Sunday, February 26, 2017

Monthly Report: January 2017

I post an update every month on the taxable dividend income I receive in my brokerage accounts, the non-taxable dividends I receive from my Roth IRA accounts, the market value of my taxable brokerage accounts, the market value of my Roth IRA accounts, the market value of my 401(k) account, and my savings rate.

Below is the monthly report as of January 31, 2017:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Bought: CL, MMM, VFC, WMT

With the start of a new year, I've decided to kick it off by investing very aggressively in the first month.  There were several companies that had a slight pullback, and I was able to invest more capital in said companies.  It makes me glad that I can put money to work for me and start the compounding process sooner.

Without further ado, below is a summary of my recent purchases for the month of January:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sold On Loyal3: AXP, DPS, DNKN, HAS, K, KHC, MAT, MCD, PEP, TGT, UL, YUM

I recently decided to consolidate all my brokerage accounts into one to simplify.  As a result, I am planning on closing out all my positions in Loyal3 over time at a gain.  If any stocks in Loyal3 have an unrealized loss on the books, I will not sell them until they are at a gain.  I still believe that Loyal3 is a great way for beginners to invest since there are no commissions and you can invest with as little as $10.  I also like that you can purchase partial shares based on the capital you invest with.  However, I want to eventually exit out of Loyal3 since I want to consolidate all my accounts and also for beneficiary reasons.  Loyal3 doesn't have a beneficiary form for you to fill out so you would need to have your estate executor coordinate with the people at Loyal3.  There were a few days where I tried calling the phone number, but it wouldn't let me leave a voicemail and I had to contact them via email.  This makes me uneasy, especially from an estate planning perspective.  Thus, I have made the decision to eventually exit out of Loyal3 once all my stocks are at a gain.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2016 Passive Income Coverage

With another year behind me, I'm another step closer to financial independence and retirement.  For me, there's a difference between financial independence and retirement.  Financial independence is the point in which you no longer need to work to survive since your investments can cover your living expenses.  With financial independence, I can still choose to work if I want to.  On the other hand, retirement is quitting the workforce and no longer working.

For me, my goal is to reach financial independence ASAP and aim to retire by the age of 56 in 2041.  I still have a while to go before retirement, but I'm hoping to quickly get to the point where my passive income can cover all my expenses so that I don't need to worry about supporting my family in case I get laid off (God forbid).

For purposes of my "Passive Income Coverage" posts, I will only consider my dividend income and rental income.

Below are my dividends and rental income for 2016:

Friday, January 20, 2017

Monthly Report: December 2016

I know I'm a little last in posting, but better now than never.  First off, Happy New Year to everyone!  Hope everyone had an enjoyable 2016 year.  2016 has been a great year when I reflect back on my accomplishments.  Kicking off the year, it's been really busy with work and responsibilities at home.  I'm looking forward to 2017 now that the mortgage has been paid off and I have continued vigor to aggressively build my passive income while simultaneously trying to make sure I enjoy life's journey along the way.

Anyways, without further ado, below is the monthly report as of December 31, 2016:

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bought On Loyal3: VFC

I made one last purchase on Loyal3 before the 2016 year was over.

What I love about Loyal3 is you can invest with as little as $10 in a selection of companies and own partial shares.  This really helps investors with little to no capital get a foot in the door without commissions eating up a certain percentage of their new capital.  The only downsides are that there is a limited selection of companies you can pick from and they don't offer dividend reinvestment plans.  That's fine with me since they have some good dividend growth companies I can invest in at zero cost.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bought: CL, HRL, MDT, VFC

Today marks the end of 2016.  While there seems to have been many celebrity deaths this year and an "interesting" presidential election, this was a good year for me.  I paid off my mortgage, welcomed a second child into the family, and was still able to invest a decent amount of capital into dividend stocks.  With the increase in interest rates and a new president elect, it will be interesting to see where the stock market goes in 2017.  Either way, I'm looking forward to the new year.  Cheers!

Below is a summary of my recent purchases for the month of December: