Sunday, August 7, 2022

JULY 2022 DIVIDENDS

It's been a crazy busy month and so this blog was neglected.  My apologies.  I've been occupied with after work gardening, making music, long walks, and watching baseball.  Fun stuff.  And gaining some listeners on Spotify.  



Yipes - 666 listeners.  Better watch my back!

Meanwhile, I get paid passive income through dividends on companies I own a tiny fraction of.  As I earn these dividends, I reinvest to increase the next payout.  And on and on and on.

I also add at least $1,000 month in cash to these dividends to build my positions.

The result of this after eight years of doing this is a substantial source of income.  A few more years of this, and I can replace my work income with this and say "sayonara" to having a job.   Whee!

The past month of dividend payouts were another knockout for me.  38 companies paid out a total of $2,509.99.   In comparison of 2021's $1,046.46 I gained a whopping 139.86%

After doing this for a long period of time, the gain is really snowballing.  

Here are the details...


Whitehorse Finance (WHF) is the big winner once again.  I hold a lot of shares of them just so I can take the dividend and purchase other companies' shares to diversify.

I sound like a broken record, but if I can do this, so can all the ther idiots out there!  It only takes commitment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

CURRENT VINYL PLAYLIST 7/12/2022 - 80'S COMPILATION ALBUMS PART 2

 Current Vinyl Playlist VOL 8

This is installment #8 of my new regular entry on my neglected blog...


Compilations - the precursor to the mixtape.

Time to show off some more  I have recently ran across.  

Currently, my vinyl collecting addiction is focusing on these awesome gems.  You get a bit of everything - a mix of artists and interesting art / concept.  And many were a limited release of current hits, so it's a little flat time capsule.

Here goes


1) Some Bizzare - 1981




I just had to start off with what can be argued as one of the most influential albums of the early 80's.   Some Bizzare gave the world an introduction to future stars Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Blancmange, and The The.  This is a must have for fans of the New Romantic movement and am confident this is the most groundbreaking compilation I have.  It was just sitting in a store for my taking a few weeks ago.  I had been on the look for this since the late 80's


Here's DM doing "Photgraphic"





2) Sharp (16 Sharp New Rock Acts) - 1979




A fine example of the punk/post punk/new wave scene in the late 70's.  This has been on my heavy rotation in my office lately.  Fun stuff showcasing Undertones, Elvis Costello, The Cars, Ramones, and Television.  


Here's the Undertones doing "Jimmy Jimmy".



Now for more strange Ronco comps....


3) Overload - 1982




Some strange attempt at making a gothy/new wave/Ziggy Stardust Frankenstein using headphones.   


Here's Fun Boy Three doing "The Telephone Always Rings" from this.




4) Raiders of the Pop Charts Part 2 - 1982




What in the actual hell.  Another can't avoid the cover purchase.  

Not bad of a mix.  Poppy new wave

Here's Toto Coelo...  I remember this on the new wave station when I was 13.



5) Chart Encounters of the Hit Kind part 1 - 1983





Another one I could not pass up.  The mix is very pop wave of the time.  

This is I-Level.  I was today years old when I first saw this video.  





6) Chart Trek 2: To Boldly Pick the stars of '84  - 1984




This one is an ok listen.  I really dig Fad Gadget's stuff and "Love Is A Stranger" is a classic.


But I HAVE to post this video or I would feel I have failed everyone...

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you....Roland Rat Superstar.




Thanks for letting me entertain you!

See ya soon


Thursday, June 30, 2022

JUNE 2022 DIVIDENDS

The stock market just sank and sank and sank all throughout the month of June.   My portfolio dropped 7.39%, and now 9.85% since Jan 1st. 

So what!  My kid's fastpitch softball team won their league this year.  Go Comets!



Am so happy for her.

And even though the prices are sinking for my stocks,  the dividends remain unchanged.   I see them as on sale, as a lower price increases the dividend yield percentage.  So I am not freaking out.

If a stock is $2 a share and earns a 10 cent dividend, I have a 5% yield.  If it drops to $1 a share, my 10 cent dividend is now a 10% yield.    So I like buying shares when the market tanks.  Everything is on sale.

In fact, quite a bit of them handed out giant dividend increases over the past month, like Lowe's 31% increase.  

In June, I hit another home run for dividend income.  I received 59 dividends totalling $2,661.14.  In June of 2021, I received $1,275.   That's a 108.72% increase from last year.  Wow.  

It's a combination of ever increasing dividends, reinvesting my earnings, and adding some of my paycheck in chunks when I can. Sometimes I can't, but I try.  Once you have a chunk of different holdings, it really compounds.

Here are the details.
 

The surprise is LYB and the gigantic special dividend they handed out.  

The companies I own little tiny bits of are for the most part on real solid footing.  Road bumps happen.  We see major corrections every few years.   Yes, we may be heading into a recession.  We'll see how bad it is.  It does not mean we should freak out and leave.  That only locks in losses.  Insead, get a share or two more at a huge discount.

See you next month.



Thursday, June 23, 2022

CURRENT VINYL PLAYLIST 6/23/22 - 2 NEW RELEASES AND AN AMAZING SOUNDTRACK

 Current Vinyl Playlist VOL 7

This is installment # 7 of my new regular entry on this mess of a blog.


I'm catching up.  Jumping to the latest finds


1) Hollie Cook - Happy Hour

The 4th release from the ultra smooth and sweet voiced Hollie Cook and her self titled "Tropical pop".  Just got this in the mail, and is not even out digitally until tomorrow at the time of writing.

It's kind of like the "lover's rock" type of reggae made famous back in the mid 1970's.  Every track is a cocktail on a tropical beach in paradise.


And the cover art is in the style of her first three LPs.  




Great pressing.  A surprisingly loud and deep bass but crisp high ends.   And you can't beat the limited edition orchid & tangerine vinyl with great labels.


Here is the clip for one of the new tracks.



2) The Clash & Ranking Roger - "Rock The Casbah" b/w "Red Angel Dragnet"

The single to promote the most recent remastered reissue of "Combat Rock" features Ranking Roger of English Beat (and soon to be in General Public).  


His toasting style completely changes both songs.  Loved Rock the Casbah sine I was 13 years old, but RR really gives it a new life.    The B-side, "Red angel Dragnet" allows Ranking Roger to really turn this into a dub classic.   


It's available on The Clash's UK website.




While Rock the Casbah is kind of a remix with a replaced lead vocal, Red Angel Dragnet is more of a dub version of dub song.   It's perfect.  I just wanted it to keep going.


3) Manfred Hubler & Siegfried Schwab - Vampiros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party


Acid jazz pop from 1969.   This is a 2005 reissue of an ultra scarce soundtrack for "Vampiros Lesbos", a late 60's sex-horror take on Bram Stoker's Dracula.  That sums up the music....




Here's a track of this music....




I'll be back with more in a week or two!



Thursday, June 16, 2022

MAY 2022 DIVIDEND INCREASES

 As the current inflation nightmare is the biggest factor in our current economy, dividend growth investors get somewhat of a break by owning stock in companies that continually raise their dividend payout to match growth/current price.    

For the month of May, I had six increases announced that resulted in an increase of 6.13% for the six companies involved.   Not quite beating inflation, but gets close.  

Much thanks to Lowe's (LOW) that announced a 31.3% increase.

Overall, my annual income increased by $72.40.   It look like a tiny meaningless drop, but over the course of a year, I have over 120 companies that will be raising their dividend,   IT adds up.  And, of course, it all gets put back into the market where it compounds.   

Here's are the details.