Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Recent Purchase - VFC

I recently posted my August considerations for DGI investments. Well, I didn’t wait too long. Nope, not AMGN, ABBV nor GILD. Still waiting for these to drop a little more :)

Today, I bought 26 shares of VFC. This time, I bought it in my taxable sharebuilder’s account. (It’s definitely good to be able to buy using both accounts.)

$1562 (+fees)

The dividends per share is $1.48 which is around 2.47% yield. This purchase increases my forward yearly dividends by $38.48.

Nothing much changed about VFC since the last time I bought it in April. You can read more of my analysis of the VFC, valuation and risks here:

My strategy when I first bought VFC is to average down when the price dips. I think this is likely in this heated market.

My next purchase point will be when VFC hits the mid 50s.

What do you think of VFC?


Monday, August 1, 2016

August Considerations

Below are 3 companies with my criteria checklist that I am considering for August. Actually, I wanted to buy a couple of them in July, but the prices crept slightly over my buy zone. If there is a pullback, I will definitely consider adding them to my portfolio in small chunks.

Amgen is a biotechnology company that engages in developing, manufacturing and delivering human therapeutics for the treatment of illness in the areas of oncology/hematology, cardiovascular, inflammation, nephrology, and neuroscience.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

July Summary

The first month of the quarter is usually a quiet month for me in terms of dividend income. July is following the same trend. I can’t complain though. The cash is coming in with no efforts from my part.

The market continues to be hot. Again, it has been difficult to find companies trading at fair value or below. I still try to invest though.

Anyway, here’s a summary of the articles I’ve written this month.

Okay - let’s go to the good stuff….

Taxable Account

In my sharebuilder taxable account, I only managed a couple of trades this month. It’s not good, but the market is not cooperating.

Security ID
Net Amount


Friday, July 29, 2016

Recent Purchase - DIS

I wanted to buy UTX and ABBV this week - but I ended adding to my DIS position - this time in my taxable account.

Here’s my transaction.


I wanted to wait until the low 90s to buy more DIS, but sometimes, you don’t always get what you want.

For those who are interested, you can read my original purchase here:

Nothing really changed except a slight dip in the price.

Did you buy anything this week?


Disclosure - Long DIS, UTX

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Implementing my DGI Strategy

It’s always good to have a strategy for investing. This article gives a brief summary of how I had implemented the necessary checklists and tools to make my job of investing DGI stocks easier.

First, a bit of history...

I’ve been a passive investor for a long time via my mutual funds in my tax-deferred 401k. This required not much work from my part. All I had to do was to choose my allocation and regularly invest using a portion of my paycheck. I reallocated once a while and that’s it. All good, right? No - the fees were high. At least for me.

Of course, if your 401k plan allows for a market wide fund with very low fees, then this may be an option especially if you don’t have the time. Essentially, I was paying for someone to actively invest companies in the index.

Around 2 years ago, I started dividend stock investing for my taxable account. I did a lot of reading and researching over the summer of 2014. For sure, it isn’t a strategy for everybody - but it made sense to me. The thing about a 2-4% dividend is that over time, the dividends will provide you a layer of protection against loss. Of course, it is not 100% protection, but it give you protection against 20-40% dips in the market. How? It’s simple, 3% over 10 years means a 30% buffer. It’s slightly more the dividends are reinvested and compounded, but I like simple math.

Plus, after retirement from work, the dividends can be used as income source without touching the principle.Hopefully, extra income can be reinvested to continue the compounding machine.

Regardless of dividend stocks and mutual funds, there are investing steps that I believe everyone should follow:

Friday, July 22, 2016

Recent Buy - TIF

The market is very difficult. There are not many companies to buy. Times like this are scary!
After going through my screen, Tiffany & Co showed up. Actually, it showed up before, but I didn’t want to increase my consumer retail space. Still, I wanted to continue my investments in good quality dividend paying companies. Yesterday, I bought some shares in Tiffany and Co (TIF).

Est. For Dividend

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Millionaire Next Door

I read the The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley in 2006. I wasn’t a millionaire then. I wasn’t too interested in investing with the exception of my 401. But, I was curious. Back then, I worked in my job for around 10 years. I was wondering how to get to the next level. I wondered what it would feel like to be a millionaire.

So, I read the book back then...

Instead of just net worth to classify wealth, Stanley coined the terms Under Accumulator of Wealth (UAW), Prodigious Accumulators of Wealth (PAW) and Average Accumulator of Wealth (AAW). The calculation is very simple. You take your age and multiply it by 10% of your pretax earnings to get your AAW. If you can get 2x or more, then you are a PAW. If you get ½ or less, then you are a UAW.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Risk Grade Tools (Google Spreadsheets)

Recently, I wrote about quantifying risk using the Risk Grade metric from the Nasdaq website. After comparing the performance of my portfolio and the associated Risk Grade, I was surprised to see a correlation. However, without knowing more about the Risk Grade algorithm, it was difficult to understand why this is the case.
After searching through the internet, I found that the Risk Grade is based on the Risk Metric methodology. In fact, there’s quite a bit of academic work done on this.

With more digging, I found the revised Risk Metric scheme (1996 Scheme).