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How I Track Dividend Income in Excel

In the almost five years of sharing my investments on this blog, I’ve never shown exactly how I track dividend income. This article lays out the steps (with screenshots) I take each month to import dividend data into my tracking spreadsheet, estimate forward dividend income, and easily capture dividend increases. My forward 12-month investment income […]

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June 2017 Received vs Projected Monthly

8 Investments I Made In The Last 3 Months

The Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of June 30th, 2017. This page outlines my portfolio of taxable investments and the income generated on a yearly and average monthly basis. Click here to access all previous updates. I track my investment income (aka passive income) publicly as opposed to net worth. I still track my net worth and […]

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How My 20-Year Investment In Coca-Cola Has Fared

20 years ago, I was a college junior enrolled in investing and corporate finance courses. Being freshly educated about the time value of money, I knew my youth was my most powerful investing advantage. But I didn’t have much money. A few years earlier, my Uncle gifted me one share of Chevron stock through the […]

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Strive To Wake Up And Do Nothing (With Your Finances)

This quote changed the way I think about my career. Soon after I read it, a coworker complained to me that his manager was dumping menial work on his underlings; to the point it appeared he was taking on very few tasks. Previously, I would have sided with my coworker thinking this manager was not […]

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Build Income Streams In Case You’re Fired!

One striking revelation from the presidential election process this year was the sharp contrast between people who think the U.S. is in pretty good shape and those who feel the country never recovered from the last recession. Politics aside, the U.S. is in its 89th straight month of economic expansion. The longest post-World-War-II economic expansion […]

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Revolt Against Fees!

Last week I received bad news about a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) that I’ve invested in for the past two-plus years. Procter & Gamble (PG), the consumer products giant and popular Dividend Aristocrat, switched its stock transfer agent and raised fees. DRIP fees are the enemy of dividend growth investors. Those of us that track […]

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If My 2 1/2 Year-Old Daughter Could Buy Stocks

This post is the second part of a three-part series. If My 2 1/2 Year-Old Son Could Buy Stocks was penned about 19 months ago when my boy was cracking us up every day with his love for doors, train cars, elevators, and socks. Now it’s my first daughter‘s turn. We describe her as bossy, […]

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Lessons Learned From 20 Years of DRIP Investing

As my investing strategy has evolved over the years, I’ve started to move away from DRIP (dividend reinvestment plan) investing. In part, because of the extra 1099-DIV tax form and costs basis data. But also because I’m now pooling dividends and reinvesting them into more undervalued stocks. The varying fees are annoying too. I still […]

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December 2015 Received vs Projected Monthly

Investment Income Updates – January 2015 through December 2015

January 2015 The investment Income/Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of January 31st, 2015. This page outlines my portfolio of taxable investments and the income they generate on a yearly and average monthly basis. Also included is a chart with a historical look at my investment income since October 2003. January is typically […]

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Goals and Resolutions (Inspired By My Kids)

Happy New Year everyone! Did you accomplish your financial goals last year? Any resolutions for 2016? The goals I set last year were mostly a success. Setting firm and measurable financial goals kept me motivated throughout the year. I’ve made some exciting progress. My 2016 goals are similar but need to account for potential uncertainty during […]

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Thor Industries: In It For The Long Haul

My goal as an income investor is to create a portfolio of investments that generate reliable and compounding cash flow to grow my net worth and fund my eventual retirement before I turn 56, the age my Dad retired. I’ve deployed a strategy of multiple streams of income including real estate, peer lending and dividend growth stocks to reach my goal. My […]

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20 Years In The Chevron DRIP

For my birthday in 1995, my uncle gifted me one share of Chevron (CVX) stock out of his dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP). He was an employee at the time. He instructed me to regularly invest small amounts of money into the program and automatically reinvest the dividends I received. Eventually, he said, the quarterly dividend would […]

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Dover Corporation (DOV) Stock Purchase

My goal as an income investor is to create a portfolio of investments that generate reliable and compounding cash flow to grow my net worth and fund my eventual retirement before I turn 56, the age my Dad retired. I’ve deployed a strategy of multiple streams of income including real estate, peer lending and dividend growth stocks to reach my goal. My […]

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What Strategy Works For You?

Ever wonder why so many young people are afraid to start investing? If you read the financial sites online, or watch the financial news networks, the answer becomes clear. There’s lots of so-called experts telling us what to do with our money. Some advice is over simplified and inadequate. Other advice is unnecessarily complex. For someone just […]

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