After spending the past five months covering the costs of my mom's care, I finally got to reimburse and also invest more to cover her ongoing care.
In the past, I decided to balance out my portfolio by limiting my ownership to about $4,000 for each holding. Of course there were some exceptions, but my overall goal was to have some balance. Once I hit that $4K, I would move on to others.
I did this because when I first started this investing thing, I had all my eggs in one basket. Then I had 2 baskets... then I decided that was totally idiotic, and diversified the stock to about 30 companies. Then 40. Then 50. Now I'm up to about 100 different holdings.
This provides a strong buffer in case some company goes tits up. If one of my 100 companies falls into the abyss, I only lose more or less 1%. It does also mean that I get to experience a few big stock pops every year. It's all in moderation and relatively safe.
Usually when I get some cash from dividends, I will look for the best value at the time and invest in that company. Now that I received a chunk of funds, it is time to go shopping.
This time though, I decided to increase the $4K limit to $5K. Instead of taking my time to research 100 companies, I decided to top many of them off at $5K. I figured if I already liked it enough to hold about $4K, I can bump it up to $5K. Spending an eternity looking for the best deal of the day would never end and would lose out on gains. So I just went down the list alphabetically, took a quick glance, and usually bought some shares. I did skip some where I just missed an ex-dividend date or was really overvalued. Eventually they will look better.
To sum it up: I made 17 stock purchases totalling $80,188.50 that will add $1,544.51 to my annual dividends. That's a huge day. That adds $0.17 1/2 cents per hour of income, whether I am working, sleeping, or just living. Just for being alive. Every little bit counts.
So here is my list of purchases:
The big purchases of Target (TGT), Bank of America (BAC), Discover (DFS), and Williams-Sonoma (WSM) were the replacement of the holdings I sold back in July. I promised myself to make them whole once again.
I will be doing this again during this next week with the rest of my holdings. Then the compounding will really kick in.
I will be updating the month end buys in early December and should be quite the post.