Dividend Empire Blog Posts

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Portfolio Updates: A Look Back on 2016

  It’s time for a look back on my first full year of dividend growth investing and also my recent reentry into the world of trading. I have a lot to catch up on since I had to take some time off from posting.  My last update post was way back in August so here I’ll give some details on my activities from September – December 2016.  I will also summarize how I did for the entire year in all of my portfolios.   2016 Income Summary In 2016 I made a total of $4406.96 in my taxable accounts from dividends (Empire...

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Update on Other Portfolios: August 2016

  FINALLY I have some time to write up my trading performance from last month.  I am very eager to write this one since it was a breakout month for me, earning over $1000 in income from non-dividend related trading activity! This is my 3rd monthly post on the activities and gains/losses in my other portfolios.  These portfolios include Option Income, Swing Trading, Day Trading and P2P Lending.  My goal is to reinvest all gains from these activities into either my Dividend Empire portfolio or my Freedom Fund. In this post I will give an update on how I performed in August, 2016....

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August 2016 Dividend Income and Transactions

  Well I’m a little late to the party but I’m finally ready to report my August 2016 dividend income.  I haven’t made too many big purchases lately but my income is still steadily rising through DRIPs and dividend increases. Here are some of my key dividend stats:   Dividend Income In August I received a total of $211.07 in my two portfolios: $88.92 in my Empire portfolio and 122.15 in my Retirement portfolio.  For my Empire portfolio, this is a 36% increase over the previous quarter and a 47% year over year increase.  For my Retirement portfolio this represents a 1.4%...

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Selling Options For Income

  As many of you know I am a trader turned into a dividend growth investor.  I have a little more free time on my hands these days, so I decided to bring back some of my old trading strategies to hopefully generate extra income to fund my two stock portfolios – the Dividend Empire and the Freedom Fund. The strategies that I have employed this year include options, day trading, swing trading and peer to peer lending.  I gave brief introductions to these strategies in a previous post, but didn’t get a chance to really do them justice. This post will be the first...

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Update on Other Portfolios – July 2016

  Time for my second monthly post on the activities and gains/losses in my other portfolios.  These portfolios include Option Income, Swing Trading, Day Trading and P2P Lending.  My goal is to reinvest all gains from these activities into either my Dividend Empire portfolio or my Freedom Fund. In this post I will give an update on how I performed in July, 2016.  In June I made a total of $435.70 income from all of my portfolios.  My Empire and Freedom portfolios produced $105.31 in dividends and I raked in $330.39 from all other activities.  I was hoping to break the $500...

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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...

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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....

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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...