Dividend Empire Blog Posts

July 2016 Buys and Sells 2

July 2016 Buys and Sells

I made some decent dividend income in July but I’m very disappointed in my lack of buying activity.  I have two excuses for my inactivity – a good one and a bad one. The good excuse is that I was on vacation for a week and a half and had limited access to computers and research.  The bad excuse is that I’ve been waiting on the sidelines for the market to drop. I have acquired this nasty habit of trying to time the market which results in me missing out on a lot of good opportunities.  My goal moving forward is to simply look for...

July Key Dividend Stats 4

July 2016 Dividend Income

July was just another average month for me.  I’ve been having a hard time pulling the trigger on stock purchases.  I have cash on hand but I have this strong feeling that the market will crash at some point. I’ve been wrong so far – the market just keeps going up!  I’m planning on nibbling a little bit this month by making a few small purchases.  Clearly I need to do something because my dividend growth is suffering. As you will see below my Empire dividends actually decreased year over year coming in at just $40.70 for the month of July....

Monthly Income Summary 6

My Other Portfolios – Introductions and Updates

  As I’ve mentioned several times on this site I am relatively new to the world of dividend growth investing.  I have only been doing it for a little over a year now and I love it. Before that, however, the vast majority of my investing life was spent day trading or swing trading stocks, options and futures.  While profitable, it was so time consuming that I had to put these activities on hold while I built up my dividend growth portfolios. These portfolios are now fairly large, purchasing is slowing down a bit and I feel like I’m at...

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June 2016 Buys

  June was a great month for me in terms of dividend income.  But unfortunately I didn’t have time to write up my purchases for the month, so now I’d like to review all of my June buys in this post. I made a total of 15 purchases; 10 in the Empire Portfolio and 5 in my Retirement Portfolio.  There was one new purchase, one large addition to an existing position and several small DRIPs / monthly Loyal3 buys. While I’m happy to say that my contributions to the Retirement portfolio were substantial ($5,556.47), my Empire contributions were a measly $221.36.  I want this amount to...

June 2016 Monthly Dividends 6

June 2016 Dividend Income

  It’s hard to believe that we are half way through the year already!  This is the perfect time to check up on my dividend goals. June was another great month, especially for dividend income since the majority of my holdings pay out in March, June, September and December.  On top of that I made several great purchases and made some money trading (posts coming soon). Here are some of my key dividend stats: Dividend Income In June I received a total of $658.00 in my two portfolios: $105.31 in my Empire portfolio and $552.69 in my Retirement portfolio. Compared to March...

May 2016 Key Dividend Stats 4

May 2016 Dividend Income and Portfolio Update

May was a great month for me.  I made a few quality purchases, upped my contributions to Loyal3, started several new portfolios and beat my February 2016 dividend totals!  In this post I’ll lay out all the details. Dividend Income In May I received a total of $185.59 in my two portfolios: $65.18 in my Empire portfolio and $120.41 in my Retirement portfolio. These values represent a 3.2% increase for my Empire portfolio and a 3.7% increase for my Retirement portfolio compared to my February income.  Not huge, but considering the fact that no new purchases were made these are some solid increases. It’s finally been a year...

Loyal3 Monthly Contributions 8

Loyal3 Account Progress and Updates

It’s been just over a year since I opened my Loyal3 account (part of my Dividend Empire portfolio).  I’ve recently made a few changes and additions so I figured it’s time for an update. If you’re not familiar with Loyal3 they are a commission-free broker with a decent collection of stocks, including some high quality dividend growth stocks.  For more info be sure to check out my Loyal3 post or just head to their website at Loyal3.com. I initiated my Loyal3 account back on April 10, 2015, when I purchased 0.2573 shares of McDonald’s (MCD) for $25.  I then set...

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April 2016 Dividend Income Update

  Better late than never!  I’m finally ready to report my April dividend income.  Last month didn’t come close to my March totals as expected, but the accounts are still growing and that’s all that matters. Dividend Income In April I received a total of $162.15 in my two portfolios: $40.00 in my Empire portfolio and $122.15 in my Retirement portfolio. These values represent a 82% increase for my Empire portfolio and a 10% decrease for my Retirement portfolio compared to my January income. These look like some odd numbers on the surface but they are easily explained.  The massive increase in the Empire is...