August has come and gone in a flash and the portfolio as it stands is below. Like in previous months, I auto-transfered $300.00 into my Robinhood account but I failed to hit my goal of adding one additional deposit for the month. The reason for the failure was due to having to purchase a new lawnmower for the yard duties.
August Portfolio Update
Sold 30 shares of CSCO @ $30.50.
Bought 30 shares of FLO @ $17.67.
Bought 25 shares of FLO @ $14.90.
Sold 282 shares of CSIQ @ $12.76.
Bought 5 shares of KO @ $43.85.
Bought 25 shares of TROW @ $68.70.
Bought 12 shares of DUK @ $80.00.
The biggest news item is that I sold all my old shares of CSIQ (the last non-dividend) stock in the portfolio. I did lose quite a bit of money on that and have learned some valuable lessons from it. Hopefully next time they lessons won’t come at such a high price.
It was business as usual for the month of July. As I have previously stated in prior months updates, I auto-transferred $300.00 into my Robinhood account. I have it set up to send $150 twice a month(both are sent right after my paychecks are deposited into my checking account). On top of that, I am making it my goal to add additional deposits every month. These one-off deposits will fluctuate based off how much is left at the end of the month. At the end of this month, I transferred an additional $500 dollars to my investment account. This was outstanding compared to the goal that I set last month of $150!
July Portfolio Update
Bought 50 shares of ARCC @ $13.95.
Bought 75 shares of SDIV @ $20.51.
Bought 50 shares of FLO @ $18.56.
Bought 20 shares of FLO @ $18.20.
Bought 15 shares of PSX @ $75.50.
Sold 35 shares of CSIQ @ $15.72.
Sold 30 shares of MSFT @ $56.58.
Sold 20 shares of AAPL @ $103.06.
The ARCC purchased was to average down after ARCC dipped and it has since rebounded. I opened a new position in both SDIV (6.6% yield) and FLO (3.5% yield). This was due to their evaluation and part of my plan to increase my dividend stocks. The 2nd purchase of FLO was to take advantage of the 30 cent dip that occurred.
Three stocks were sold during the month of July due to two different factors. MSFT and AAPL were sold due to locking in the growth return that they have achieved. MSFT was approaching around a 20% growth return and AAPL was approaching over 11%. AAPL has been fluctuating a lot recently and I’m not opposed to getting back in if it decides to dip again. CSIQ was sold at a lost in an effort to start trimming some of the bloat. I still own plenty of shares and I’m more comfortable holding on to it now.
Another good month overall for the portfolio. My financial goals for the next month is to add an additional one-off deposit of at least $150 to the portfolio. Add this on top of the auto-deposit of the $300 that will happen in July will let me have $450 to invest in. If I can do another $500 next month, even better!
I hope everybody else had a good investment month! Let me know in the comments!
You can check out my portfolio to see my latest holdings.
The month of June was plagued with the uncertainty caused by the announcement that United Kingdom leaving the European Union. This announcement caused the stock market to drop after the news was released but it now appears to have rebounded back to it’s original spot. It had little effect on my portfolio and on my Monthly Dividend payouts!
I auto-transferred $300.00 into Robinhood in June. I have it set up to send $150 twice a month. The plan is to up this amount once the car is paid off as well as add additional one-offs every month in order to continue raising the amount of money I have available to invest. The one-off deposits will fluctuate based off how much is left at the end of the month.
I did some clean-up on the portfolio. I sold some stocks that I felt had skyrocketed above their price and felt that locking in profit was the right thing to do.
June Portfolio Update
Sold 17 shares of WMT @ $70.75. This was my entire position.
Bought 30 shares of MSFT @ $50.00. This is an entirely new position.
Bought 25 shares of TGT @ $67.04. This is an entirely new position.
Sold 5 shares of ABT @ $39.55. This was my entire position
Sold 52 shares of NFLX @ $96.50. This was my entire position.
The big story here was the selling of my shares of NFLX. Thankfully I sold them at a profit (albeit minimal) and can use that capital to continue with my game plan of investing in good growth dividend stocks.
It’s been a pretty good month overall for the portfolio. My financial goals for the next month is to add an additional one-off deposit of $150 to the portfolio. Add this on top of the auto-deposit of the $300 that will happen in July will let me have $450 to invest in.
You can check out my portfolio to see my latest holdings.
The month of May was pretty sparse on stock purchases. While the stock market is pretty turbulent, with a lot of investors holding their money in cash, I made the decision to purchase a few stocks. You can check out my portfolio to see my latest holdings. I did sell off HCP for reasons that you can read here. Dividend payouts were good although it didn’t quite reach the payouts that I received last month.
Not a bad little haul over the course of a month. Passive income is a great thing and with the power of dividends, I can get paid to do nothing. I have about $7k in cash sitting in my account, just waiting on future purchases. Anything I can do to raise the dividend payouts is what I’m after. While the overall market is shaky, I’m sure there are some great growth companies out there that I just need to stumble across. I hope everybody had a good month as well!
Overall, everything is looking good for HCP outside of the potential issues with the HCP Spinoff. They released earnings a few days ago and in a nutshell:
Q1 adjusted FFO of $321.8M or $0.69 per share vs. $364.3M and $0.79 one year ago.
FAD of $0.66 vs. $0.69.
Dividend is $0.575.
Portfolio wise, since I purchased them, it had equity growth over12%and 2 dividend payouts of$35. The dividend yield is over 6.5%, so everything seems to be good. So what’s with the post? Well the surprise announcement that they are spinning off part of their portfolio in a new, publicly-traded REIT(SpinCo).
HCP announced the intention to spin off its HCR ManorCare (HCRMC) real estate portfolio in a new, publicly-traded REIT(SpinCo).
Financially, we’re seeing a drop of income for HCP of 26% from 1.9Bn to 1.4Bn. So right away, that’s a healthy chunk of money being taken out. Owners of HCP stock will continue to have the same amount of shares and will be given shares in the new SpinCo stock as a tax-free return. No word yet on whether or not the new stock will have a dividend.
If I were to make some guesses, I would assume the HCP and HCP Spinoff: SpinCo dividend will be recalculated based off the split. So HCP dividend will but lowered and in effect, the stock will decrease in price to compensate. The ideal decrease is to keep the dividend yield the same for HCP. From the Conference Call transcripts, management restated that they remain focused on dividend growth for HCP; so that’s a good sign. But they did not have any real answers on SpinCo’s dividend and that it will be decided by the board. You can read the entire earning call transcript here.
The rules of Dividend Noob are pretty simple.
Preserve Equity : Nobody wants to lose money and with the stock split, there is a good chance we’ll see the price of the stock go down. But what about the shares in the new company as the offset? It’s a big unknown right now and I’m not in the game of gambling. I’ve had a healthy return of 12% on equity, as well as dividend payouts on HCP. Getting out might be the correct call until things stabilize with HCP.
Dividend Growth: I want the dividend to be stable and to ideally go up each year. More income on the exact same equity invested is great. It’s even more free money! HCP has been great in dividend growth. They are a Dividend Aristocrat.
Stock Growth: It’s why everybody wants to play the big game of stocks. The fact we invest money in hopes that it will be worth even more in the future is the whole reason!
So with the unknown in the forecast, I have decided to sell my shares of HCP.
Will You Get back Into HCP?
Once the smoke has settled on the spin off, I’ll re-evaluate and decide from there. I’m not opposed to it, since HCP is obviously a great company with an outstanding track record in dividend payout. They are a Dividend Aristocrat for a reason!
Where Will the Money Go From HCP?
No idea right now. There’s a few stocks that I have my eye on but the overall market sentiment is pretty bearish. There’s a ton of better dividend blogs talking about just stockpiling cash reserves for the time being. Maybe its something I should do? I’ll have to figure it out as I go. They don’t call me the Noob for nothing.
Disclaimer: I have owned and sold HCP within the last few days. My opinions about the HCP Spinoff are my own.