Welcome back to Dividend Dollars!
The market ended green this week after clawing its way back from an initial sell off due to worsening Russia-Ukraine concerns then switched to an optimistic rally led by the thought that the situation won’t have a substantial impact on the economy.
8 of the 11 S&P 500 sectors ended the week positive led by the defensive health and real estate sectors. A couple of our positions benefited from this movement!
To date, I have invested $6,750 into the account, the total value of all positions plus any cash on hand is $6,966.50 . That’s a gain of $216.50 for a total return of 3.21%. The account is up $38.02 for the week which is a 0.55% gain.
We started building this portfolio on 9/24/2021 and when compared to the S&P 500 we are outperforming the market so far! Within that same timeframe, the S&P 500 is down 1.59% whereas our portfolio has an over return of 2.5%! Let’s keep up this good progress with smart adds to the portfolio.
We added $465 to the account this week. A significant chunk of that money added was put towards adding buys in BBY and CMI, both of which were part of my stock picks for this month. The other trades I made will be detailed below.
Above is a dashboard of the portfolio as tracked through simplysafedividends.com. I use that site for tracking forecasted dividend income, yield, annual income, beta, dividend growth, and more.
Below is a table of everything we are invested in so far. There you can see my number of shares, shares bought through dividend reinvestments, average cost, gains, and more. The tickers in green are positions that I bought shares in this week. Usually, a chunk of my buys throughout the week are buys from my monthly stock picks. You can read about February’s stock picks here. I use a stock screener to find potentially undervalued stocks with safe and growing dividends. All stock picks (for this month and previous months) are highlighted in blue.
This week our activity raised our annual dividend income by $7. Our dividend yield decreased by 0.19% and our beta increased by 0.06. My portfolio’s dividend yield may be just slightly higher than what you will see in other portfolios, however that is strategic per my time horizon. I am in my 20s and am just starting off this investment journey, so a higher dividend yield gives me greater cash flow now to reinvest which help me realize the benefits of compounding sooner. Our beta usually hovers right around the mid 0.6s which I like, especially in times of uneasiness. It means my portfolio won’t dip as much as the rest of the market on red days, however, it does go the other way around and I won’t have as much green on the good days. Therefore, it is good to watch your beta in terms of cyclicity. View the chart below to see the performance of my portfolio versus the S&P 500, notice how my portfolio’s green days are not as substantial as the S&P’s but neither are my red days, that is beta at work. My beta so far has led to better returns than the market since beginning this portfolio.
This week we no dividends
Dividends received for 2022: $38.71
Portfolio’s Lifetime Dividends: $61.63
Here’s the breakdown of the trades I made this week:
- February 22nd
- BBY – added 0.3 shares at $92.57
- CMI – added 0.15 shares at $216.27 (new position)
- BBY – added 0.2 shares at $90.55
- MMM – added .1 shares at $147.10
- HD – added .1 shares at $315.60 (new position)
- February 23rd
- XYLD – added 0.211615 shares at $47.26 (recurring investment)
- SCHD – added 0.131372 shares at $76.12 (recurring investment)
- February 24th
- HD – added
- CMCSA – added 1 share at $45.08
- T – added 1 share at $22.90
- REYN – sold position, 3.03106 shares at $28.70
- TXN – added 1 share at $163.23
- February 25th
- EPD – sold position, 6.113137 at $23.90
- MSFT – added 0.5 shares at $295.58
- UWMC – added 9 shares at $4.32
This section of the post will identify some headlines that may be of import to our positions. If they are important enough, we will also call out in the posts if the news calls for actions to readjust our portfolio.
I just came back from a weekend of camping and was not watching/taking notes of news on our positions, so comeback next week for some better input!
That is it for the update this week. Let’s kill it next week. Stay patient and be ready to buy income producing assets at a discount!
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Thank you for reading! See you next week!