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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Options Update: August 2019 (Part 1)

I write monthly options update articles to summarize options trades and to keep track of options income. The updates serve as a status report on open options and potential obligations.

My options goal for 2019 is to collect $21,000 in options income, which equates to a monthly target of $1,750. Through July, I've averaged about $1,711 per month, a bit short of the desired monthly average.

The good news is that August was a spectacular month! I collected income by selling a few covered calls and put options, but I also closed a few spreads early for some solid gains. The net result is that
my options income for 2019 spiked to $18,566, just $2,434 shy of my 2019 goal!

Part 1 of this article covers an options assignment, an expired option, a closed option, and some rolled options, as well as several covered calls and put options trades. Part 2 will present the spread trades, the main contributors to this month's spectacular options income spike!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Dividend Increases: September 9-13, 2019

In this article series, I provide a weekly summary of dividend increases and ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

I like monitoring dividend increases because I consider stocks with regular dividend increases to be candidates for further analysis.

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Dividend Increases: September 2-6, 2019

In this article series, I provide a weekly summary of dividend increases and ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

I like monitoring dividend increases because I consider stocks with regular dividend increases to be candidates for further analysis.

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

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Dividend Increases: August 26-30, 2019

This article series provides a weekly summary of dividend increase announcements and a summary of ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

I like monitoring dividend increases because I consider stocks with regular dividend increases to be candidates for further analysis.

One of this week's dividend increases is a double-digit percentage increase!

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