Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dividend Increases: October 7-11, 2019

This article series provides a weekly summary of dividend increase announcements. Monitoring dividend increases helps me to identify candidate stocks for further analysis.

As a bonus, I include ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

Only one of this week's dividend increases is a double-digit percentage increase.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Monthly Review Of DivGro: September 2019

Welcome to the September review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. The goal of these monthly reviews is to share updates I've made to the portfolio and to provide a summary of dividends collected. Additionally, I look at how the month's activities have impacted DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI).

In September, I added shares to one existing position. Eight DivGro stocks announced dividend increases in September. The net result of these changes is that PADI increased by about 0.8% in September. Year over year, PADI increased by 19.5%.

As for dividend income, in September I received dividends totaling $3,355 from 46 stocks in my portfolio, a year over year increase of 24%. So far in 2019, I've collected $19,594 in dividends or about 78% of my 2019 goal of $25,200.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Dividend Increases: September 30-October 4, 2019

This article series provides a weekly summary of dividend increase announcements. Monitoring dividend increases helps me to identify candidate stocks for further analysis.

As a bonus, I include ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

Two of this week's dividend increases are double-digit percentage increases.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Options Update: September 2019

Welcome to another options update article!

I write monthly update articles to summarize options trades and to keep track of options income. Each update also serves as a status report on open options and the obligations I potentially have.

My monthly target for options income in 2019 is $1,750. September's options income was below average at $1,382. After I made some fantastic progress in August, I'm still on pace to collect $21,000 in options income this year!

This month I'm reporting on one assignment and a multitude of income-generating trades.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For September 2019

The CCC list is a wonderful resource for dividend growth investors. It contains nearly 900 stocks trading on U.S. exchanges that have paid higher dividends for at least five consecutive calendar years. An accompanying spreadsheet provides valuable data and is updated monthly, courtesy of Justin Law.

In this article, I rank a subset of the CCC stocks and present the 10 top-ranked stocks for consideration. I use a ranking system that assigns letter grades to stocks relative to their performance among sector peers. Using a sector-oriented ranking system avoids the problems associated with ranking dissimilar stocks.

This month I decided to rank CCC stocks in the Energy sector.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Dividend Increases: September 23-27, 2019

This article series provides a weekly summary of dividend increase announcements. Monitoring dividend increases helps me to identify candidate stocks for further analysis.

As a bonus, I include ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

No fewer than eight of this week's dividend increases are double-digit percentage increases!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Expired Options (September 2019)

I had several options that expired on Friday, 20 September.

When options expire, I no longer have associated obligations. For puts, there no longer is a chance that I would have to buy shares and the margin that was set aside as collateral gets released. For covered calls, there no longer is a chance that my shares will be called away.

The options premium I collected become free and clear, also known as secured. Since I started options trading to boost DivGro's dividend income, I've secured options income totaling $38,865.

This article discusses what happened with my options that expired in September.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Dividend Increases: September 16-20, 2019

This article series provides a weekly summary of dividend increase announcements. Monitoring dividend increases helps me to identify candidate stocks for further analysis.

As a bonus, I include ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

No fewer than eight of this week's dividend increases are double-digit percentage increases!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Monthly Review of DivGro: August 2019

Every month, I write a review of my portfolio of dividend growth stocks, DivGro. The goal of these monthly reviews is to share updates I've made to the portfolio and to provide a summary of dividends collected. Additionally, I look at how the month's activities have impacted DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI).

In August, I opened ten new positions and added shares to six existing positions. Additionally, I closed three positions and reduced my holdings in one position. Two DivGro stocks announced dividend increases in August. The net result of these changes is that PADI increased by about 2.8% in August. Year over year, PADI increased by 20.1%.

As for dividend income, in August I received dividends totaling $1,612 from 19 stocks in my portfolio, a year over year increase of 12%. So far in 2019, I've collected $16,238 in dividends or about 64% of my 2019 goal of $25,200.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Options Update: August 2019 (Part 2)

August was a spectacular month for DivGro's options trading! I added options income totaling $6,591 and secured options income of $9,461.

Recall that secured means I no longer have obligations related to the options that produced that income. When options expire or are closed early, my obligations as an option seller fall away.

Part 1 of this article covered the "normal" options trades I executed in August: an options assignment, an expired option, a closed option, some rolled options, and several covered calls and put options trades.

In Part 2, I'm presenting a few closing spread trades, the main contributors to this month's spectacular options income. Additionally, I'll summarize options expiring in September and October, and provide a summary of year to date options income.

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