Wednesday, January 5, 2022


December was the second EPIC month of buying shares to bump my portfolio up to the stratosphere.  I spoke about this last month NOVEMBER 2021 BUYS BUYS BUYS BUYS...REPEAT
I want to eventually replace my income with the passive income of stock dividends.  There is nothing better than being paid just for being alive.

Normally, I look for the best deal.  How do I do this?  I do the following:

  • Make a list of companies.
    • Do some screening of what you are looking for.  Here's are the things I seek out when looking for a company to invest in:
    1. Rate of dividend increases.  Look at the 5 year rate of increase. Look for a payout increase that beats the rate of inflation.  If it is quite low, then they are not really a dividend growth company....
    2. Payout ratio:   How much of their net income goes to the dividend.  This is a big marker for dividend sustainability.  Look for companies that are under 65% or so.  If they are up near 100%, they may cut the dividend.
    • P/E ratio:  What is their value?  The lower the P/E ratio, the better rate the dividend will be.  It is the ratio of a company stock price to the company earnings per share. Each industry is different.  If the P/E ratio is high, the company may be overvalued.  You could see the price drop (and see the dividend rate go up as the price drops..)  It's a way of looking for value.  I look for those with a P/E under 20 (or once that is at the very least lower than the industry average
  • Got a list of companies.  Now What?
    • Take the list you have and see which company is a bargain at this point.  Try to steer clear of ones that have just hit an all time high.  Prices ebb and flow, and with some time you will see which ones are undervalued.  At this point, you may want to see which ones the experts recommend at that particular time.
    • Bought shares.  Now what?
      • HANG ONTO THEM.  This is why you are doing this....Dividend growth investing is a long term deal.  It's buy and hold.  The few times I sold shares are when the company cut the dividend dramatically and was no longer worth owning. 
But with the amount I was able to invest,  I decided to once again increase ALL of them to a new level - (my "full position")  

My former full position was a $4,000 holding.  I would take my time and buy until I made it to that $4K level and just ignore it and let it ride and move onto the next good deal.

 I wanted to spread out my holdings fairly evenly.  This strategy enabled me to own over 100 companies.  

I decided to bump my full position to $5,000 per holding.  Honestly, I ignored my normal screening rules and just turned up the volume!  If some were priced too high, at least 4/5 of the holding were good deals.  And after holding them for a decade or more, the higher price won't make much of a difference.

So I bought and bought until almost all of my holdings are at $5K.   A few I have are higher, but those are the ones I buy to match my annual spending, like Target (TGT) and Kroger (KR)
I talk about that strategy here:  Annual Spend = Share Buy

I made 101 purchases totalling $84,367.24.   Whoa.  Those purchases added $1,812.46 to my annual dividend income.  That's a bit of a lower rate (2.15%) but do note that I already owned large positions in the higher yield stock.  And almost all of these investments increase their dividend annually.  

Here's the summary of my buys

Now, I will begin to reap the harvest of these dividends and make this snowball get even bigger.   I really loved evening these holdings out.   I would often see a dividend payment of $2.25 and wish I had more shares.  Now I do and will see $35 - $50 per holding per payout.  Yay.


Monday, January 3, 2022


2021 has come to an end.  In record time -  It took only 365 days.   

But in comparison to 2020, it seemed like the days were only about 8 hours long.

And nothing is more fitting is having a snowy paradise to close the year with and a sledding adventure at 1 am.  With all the sledding and a 33 degree day, it refroze into a perfect sheet of ice.   

The snow was too dry to make a solid snowball.  Oh well.  Next Time. 

My dividends though were more than enough of a snowball for me. The past few months of purchases have begun to reap its reward.   

This month, I received 54 dividends totalling $2,117.71   

That's a 37.72% increase from 2020's $1542.22 return.   I like that.  And I plan on continuing this ever growing snowball as it compounds.  When I earn about $2K per month to re-invest, it really starts growing.  If I can match that dividend payment with cash, I could see some serious growth.  I'll try my best to put at least $250 per week and up to $500.  Otherwise I am prone to frivolous purchases...

Here are the details:

Other than the Vanguard VYM  ETF fund that paid $109.82, the payouts were all pretty much evened out.  That's the result of upping all of my holdings to around $5,000 each.  My holdings are here:  My Portfolio named Flagwig

2022 should be an exciting year of reinvestment and seeing div increases.  Please follow me for the updates!


Saturday, January 1, 2022


Dividend increases.  Aaah.   This is what Dividend Growth Investing is all about - getting shares in companies that increase their payout to you.   That's the key to see your income increase with time and to keep up and beat inflation.   

For the most part, I will only buy shares of a company if they raise their dividend every year.  It's one of my main parameters it must pass for me to consider purchasing.  

I do my best to keep up with the dividend increases for the most part. Sometimes, I miss them...  In 2021, I got at least 88 dividend increases.   I have a feeling it is closer to 100.  

Those 88 increases resulted in a  $780.33 boost to my portfolio.   It ended up averaging a 7.93% increase from the earlier payout.   That's a big deal.   If that kind of gain happens every year, The dividend snowball just keeps getting bigger!

The big ones for 2021 were Morgan Stanley (MS) with a 100% increase, Oracle (ORCL) with a 33% hike, Armanino Foods (AMNF) with 29%, and Chimera Investment (CIM) with a nice 51.5% hike.

Here's the rundown of the gains I was able to keep up with.  Like I said earlier, I am sure I missed a few..   In the chart below, you will see the "Yield on Purchase" column.   That's the rate I now earn from the price I originally bought the shares for.  With each annual gain, you see that it often is a much higher rate than the yield currently available.  That's the secret to Dividend Growth Investing...