Friday, January 11, 2019

December 2018 Portfolio Summary (Year End)

This summary will be for data up to January 12, 2019.

The latter part of 2018 was very volatile. My portfolio experienced drops as large as $50K and some daily movements were $10K. The dollar remains strong. There were several Fed rate hikes in the year and this has put downward pressure on stocks and increased demand for the US dollar. Strong dollar and high rates are not good for dividend paying stocks, a lot of which do business internationally. Fed Powell's prospect of future rate hikes in 2019 also created unease as the economy in the USA and China were already showing signs of cooling. Oil prices remained severely depressed which is a positive for many of my investments as oil is an input resource. I am not invested in oil companies due to the volatility and dependency on oil prices.

Recently the market has recovered moderately from the lows after Powell suggested that the Fed will take a more observatory approach to see if future rate hikes are needed. Things on investors minds include what will materialize from the China and USA trade negotiations, Powell's view on future rate hikes, and the recent government shutdown due to disagreement between the President and the government on the border wall.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

December 2018 Dividends Received

The last month in 2018 has finished. Here is the tally of what I received in December. $1403 in dividend cash payments were received, and this amount was reinvested back into the stocks that paid them. I think a lot of the purchases were done at depressed prices since the market is correcting, so that is good for acquiring more dividend income per dollar utilized.

Ticker      Total    Taxable         401k
JNJ $225.73 $219.82 $5.91
NEE $143.64 $103.98 $39.66
HD $143.05 $113.36 $29.69
D $122.14 $76.05 $46.09
MMM $119.85 $95.05 $24.80
KO $95.91 $95.91
WEC $87.62 $75.26 $12.36
BDX $70.89 $70.89
O $65.07 $65.07
V $54.26 $40.34 $13.92
ROST $44.48 $44.48
KHC $43.72 $43.72
MCD $42.01 $42.01
MSFT $39.77 $14.77 $25.00
HON $36.18 $36.18
TJX $35.06 $35.06
CHD $33.56 $19.59 $13.97
INTEREST $0.58 $0.54 $0.04
$1,403.52 $1,127.01 $276.51

For January I am expecting $1700 and February around $900.