Here are my purchases during the latter half of August. Wow, looks like I should have waited for the FED and Yellen with my buys, hah! Well, anyways, I bought more shares to my existing positions in Eversource Energy (ES), The Coca-Cola Company (KO) and Xcel Energy Inc (XEL).
All right, this August turned out to be one busy month when it comes to investments. I'm reporting second new position and second closed position this month! Wow, wasn't able to imagine this in late July when planning next moves. But here it is; the newcomer in my portfolio is Xcel Energy Inc (XEL) and goodbye I said to Textainer Group Holdings Ltd (TGH).
Big news! I have started a new position in Canadian Utilities Ltd. (CU.TO) but also closed out one position: HCP Inc (HCP). Additional shares I bought in CVS Health Corp (CVS), Eversource Energy (ES), Target Corp (TGT) and Unilever NV (UNA.AS).
The month of July is over and it's time to report dividend income! First month of a new quarter. These are traditionally my lower income months. Last year in July I managed to collect $96.16. This includes two relatively high yielding dividends from REITs that no longer exist in my portfolio. Additionally July 2015 was the last month when Baxter International (BAX) payed a decent dividend before splitting into two companies. These factors made it difficult to make a large improvement over last year. However, still moving in right direction. Here is the comparison table of July 2015 and 2016 dividends:
Buying stocks when general market is at ATH level is not the most pleasant thing, but what can you do. Britain leaving the EU wasn't enough to stop equities marching higher and higher, even though analysts thought that it would bring a lot of uncertainty and volatility. You could also interpret that as lower stock prices. Well, none of that has really materialized so far. I have added more shares to my existing positions in Amgen Inc (AMGN), CVS Health Corporation (CVS), Gilead Sciences (GILD) and Unilever NV (UNA.AS).
Opening a new position doesn't occur frequently for me nowadays. But now I have such an event to report since I have bought two shares of CVS Health Corporation (CVS). Additionally I have purchased two more shares of Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO). Here are the details:
The month of June is in the books now, which means we are halfway through the year. Amazing, but let's see how my dividend income unfolded. Once again the goal was to crush last year's numbers. Those numbers show $119,56 for the June of 2015. There were two relatively high yielding companies Avista (AVA) and ConocoPhillips (COP) bringing in about $20. Those companies no longer exist in my portfolio, so the challenge was to replace that income. 17 companies paid dividend to me this month. Here is the comparison table of June 2015 and 2016 dividends: