Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Buy for 2014

Hello Readers,

On December 31, 2014, I bought 45 shares of BBL at $43.00/share for a total of $1942. This will be my final buy of BBL. That gives me a total of 84 shares with a cost basis of $47.18 (i always include scottrade fee in my cost basis). With 45 shares, my forward expect dividend increased by $111.6. Was this a good buy? I don't know. I've always been horrible at guessing bottom prices but the dividend looked safe and I expect their demerge to create value. How much? Your guess is as good as mine. But I have a hankering that their new company will pay dividends (I'm guessing $0.01). If not, pure capital gain play.

For next year I'll be focusing on defensive stocks. I just opened a Loyal3 account and write a post when my trade goes through. By the way, wasn't General Mills once on loyal3?

As for my Scottrade, I will be flipping BAXTER and will make large buys when the prices tank (like BBL losing 35% of its value in a year). Why Baxter? I believe its a good core dividend player. I believe their spinoff will add additional value. I think BAX will freeze their dividends for 1-2 year like their last spinoff.

Have a Happy New Year. Last note: Nomorewaffles, what's wrong with you? Waffles are a gift from God!

Long BAX and BBL.

Disclaimer: I'm not a financial advisor...or know what I'm doing. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS + HAPPY NEW YEAR

I hope you had a great Christmas. These are my goals for 2015.

Investing Goals 

1) Have a 12 month annual expected dividend of $1,500.

2) Receive $1,000 in dividends. 

3) Create a sharebuilder Motif Loyal 3 account and invest regularly in defensive stock. I'm waiting for next year to avoid having a 1099 with 5 days left in the year. So far I'm thinking of buying K, GIS, UL, Krft, KO, PEP, DPS, Intel, starbucks, and yum. $100 each to start out and we'll see how it goes from there. I'm always open to ideas.

4) 40k in net worth.

Employment Goals 

1) Get promoted to XXX II. I am XXX I. There are over 1000 XXX I at my work place and only 10 are promoted each year to XXX II every year. So I have 1% to get the job.

2) Make for the first time in my life $100,000 annual income before taxes. After taxes that's $20k! Work 140 hours every 2 week pay period and hammer 8 hours every holidays. (note: I will probably not achieve this goal).

3) Take on 4 new projects. 

4) Telework!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Physical Goals 

1) Lose 20 pounds. My sister bought a Wii Fit U this Christmas. I tried it and it told me I was Obese. My body's age was 44 (note I'm 26). My goal is to work out on the Wii U every day 30 minutes-1 hour and lose them pounds. For those wondering, I hate running on treadmills and I have problems with gyms...social anxiety is a horrible thing.  

Education Goals 

1) Learn some IT skills. My work place is willing to pay for a software testing certificate from Villanova. I might just go for it.

Other Goals

1) Build a patio. I might take a picture once I'm finished....if I ever learn how to use the camera on my phone.

2) Take a vacation or staycation (by law, contractors for the federal government have to take X amount of vacation every 2 years to avoid NLRB issues).

3) Landscape my parent's house. By landscape I mean plant some trees (Christmas trees) and open up the flower garden to become a mini garden.

4) Write a few posts on how to get more bang for your buck (saving). 

4) Grill more!


I will probably not meet most of these goals but it's always good to have goals you can't achieve. 

Also I had a Turkey viewer yesterday. Hi Turkey.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

AT&T dividend increase

Two posts in one day? I must be insane.

AT&T increased their dividend by $0.01 for a new total of $1.88. Since I own 29 shares of T, my forward annual dividend increased by $1.16. Still, better raise than what the majority of Americans are getting.

Disclaimer: Long T.

Also, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Holidays, and Happy Canadia Day.

FLIP Buy and New Investment Strategies

Good news!

I bought another share of GE at $24.56. This increases my forward annual dividend by $0.92. This brings my total share of GE to 49. One more share and I'll be satisfied.

I also bought another share of HASI at $13.89. This increases my forward annual dividend by $1.04. This brings my total share of HASI to 41. Nine more shares and I'll be satisfied (for now).

I am still debating whether I should open a sharebuilder or motif account. I'm still confused on the $4.95 individual motif trading. If you guys/gals have any ideas on which is better, I'm all ears. Too bad sharebuilder got rid of their advantage plan.

Also, hi European and Japanese readers. For some reason my blog is attracting a lot of  you guys.

Disclaimer? Long GE and HASI. Plus you know the usual I'm not a professional financial investor, tax accountant, blah blah blah. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

GE DIVIDEND INCREASE

Morning Reader(s),

GE increase its dividend by $0.01 on Friday. Since I own 48 shares of GE my forward dividend increased by $1.92.

Some commentators have been complaining the $0.01 increase. In my opinion, I just received a bigger raise than the majority of Americans so I can't complain.

My next flip will probably be UL or I might wait a little longer for oil to drop. I'm not sure; everything is dropping right now. Oil might hit $50 by January. Who knows. Anybody got a tip on how to play the market, I'm all ears.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FLIP BUY

"Investors must believe in Magic to buy stock now" -MarketWatch

Well I used my Scottrade Flip and bought 1 share of GE today or $25.32.

This increased my projected annual dividend by $0.88.


Monday, December 8, 2014

DIVIDEND INCREASE: HASI

 
Good News Everybody,  
 
From Seeking Alpha
  • Hannon Armstrong (NYSE:HASI) declares $0.26/share quarterly dividend, 18.2% increase from prior dividend of $0.22.
  • Forward yield 7.70%
  • Payable Jan 9; for shareholders of record Dec. 19; ex-div Dec. 17.
I currently own 40 shares of HASI. My forward expected dividend increased by $6.40. For those unfamiliar with HASI; it's the first reit of its kind to invest in renewable resources. It's a relatively new reit and to be honest one of those big risk/big reward kind of stock. But the company has been around 30 years prior to IPO.   

I bought HASI a while back after reading
  1. http://seekingalpha.com/article/2383685-hannon-armstrong-added-to-portfolio
  2. http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomkonrad/2013/04/22/a-clean-energy-reit-hannon-armstrong-sustainable-infrastructure/
*Disclaimer: This is my first year of investing and I have no idea what I'm doing. If you're copying me.....may god save you. HASI currently owns 2.5% of my portfolio. Long HASI.