Nov 30 2019

Dividend Income Report: November 2019

I hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. It was for me, as I spent Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law’s place with most of my in-laws in attendance. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it has been a mostly dry but unusually cold month. I’m almost done raking leaves, but one’s neighbor’s tree …

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Nov 26 2019

Dividend Income: The Ace Up Your Sleeve

The relationship between employer and employee has always been of keen interest to me ever since I joined the work force on a full-time basis. Why? Because at the time I had just finished college in 1990 and the economy went into recession. “Downsizing” became a new household word and I struggled to land a …

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Nov 04 2019

Dividend Income Report: October 2019

Well, I hope you had a great Halloween 2019. I’ve been quite busy the past week doing yard work, taking advantage of the dry (but quite cold) weather that should be sticking around until the end of the first week of November. The market has certainly been doing quite during the past couple weeks, with …

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Oct 04 2019

Dividend Income Report: September 2019

Summer and September are officially done and done. The trees are shedding their leaves, the days are getting shorter, and the mornings are colder. Autumn has arrived here in the Pacific Northwest. Early September was certainly interesting, as I went on a road trip with my brother-in-law and his brother-in-law to deliver a car to …

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Sep 23 2019

The Comedian and the Stock Market

I recently stumbled across the YouTube video “If The Economy Is Great, Why Aren’t We?” presented by comedian Francesca Fiorentini for Newsbroke and AJ+ (Al Jazeera). As the video progresssed, I thought she made some interesting points about GDP (it’s a very crude measure of economic progress), unemployment statistics (questionable), and inflation of major life …

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Sep 03 2019

Dividend Income Report: August 2019

August is done, and summer 2019 is certainly winding down. The days are getting shorter and I’m noticing fallen leaves on the ground that weren’t there a couple weeks ago. Autumn is coming. For me, August has been a so-so month. Nothing really great was accomplished, and nothing bad happened either. It’s nice knowing that …

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Aug 17 2019

My Latest Trades: DMF (sell); CLM, HQL, PNNT (buys)

Again, like in June, I decided to sell off a low-yielding dividend stock to finance the purchase of higher-yielding dividend stocks and take home a little cash. This strategy serves to help offset the damage from the various dividends cuts my portfolio suffered earlier this year. In late July I sold off my remaining 215 …

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Aug 02 2019

Dividend Income Report: July 2019

I hope the summer has been kind to you and you had a good July. For me, it’s been a good month. The summer heat hasn’t been quite as bad as previous years (upper 80s to lower 90s at worst), but July has still been uncomfortably warm-hot. I don’t know why (maybe the weather?), but …

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Jul 03 2019

Dividend Income Report: June 2019

Well, June 2019 is over and done. Overall, it was a good month. My wife and I took a somewhat leisurely trip to Spokane and visited some friends of hers there, plus we did some touristy stuff along the way such as visiting the Maryhill Museum, Stonehenge Memorial, and Soap Lake. So how did I …

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Jul 03 2019

My Latest Trades: VFL, DMF (sells); PNNT, HQL (buys)

June was certainly an unusually busy month for trades, with two sells and two buys. With all the dividend cuts my portfolio has suffered this year, I decided to sell off some low yielding (but tax-free) stock and buy stocks with higher yields. Plus I needed to tap my portfolio for some cash to cover …

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