Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Collection of RECENT BUYS (January 2016 Summary)

Since I began investing in dividend stocks approximately two years ago I've been keeping a personal log of what other dividend bloggers and dividend investors are buying.  Until now, I've just done it for my own personal knowledge and it has proven to be a great resource I use when I have no idea what I should buy. 

The collection essentially highlights the Recent Buys I have discovered throughout the dividend blog community. I always like to see what others are buying.  And with this collection, one can easily see all the buys in one centralized source. I Hope everyone has found it to be a great resource!

In case you just want a quick summary of what everyone has been buying this past month, below is a chart that depicts just that! :)
(The chart and table above only includes companies with more than 3 buys)

During the month of January, a total of 128 buys were found throughout the DGI community. With the market experiencing its second worst month to start the year, looks like it made DGI investors a bit more active this past month. Although it is never fun watching your portfolio dip but it is nice to see more value buys out there!
To summarize the past month, out of a total of 128 buys found around the DGI community, a total of 68 companies were purchased, with 25 companies bought more than once.  From the buys collected, it appears that 53.1% of the time DGI investors picked up a stock  that was not purchased.  Last month, the difference was 68.6%. Always great to see the diversity among the DGI community as it helps opens our eyes to some companies that may not otherwise be on our radar.    
The most popular company this past month was Union Pacific Corp (UNP)which was purchased by 8 different investors throughout the DGI community. Back in December, although there were only a total of 65 buys found,  UNP was only purchased by two DGI investors.
There was a 2-way tie for second place between Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) and Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM), which were both purchased by 6 different investors throughout the DGI community. Back in December, out of the 65 buys found, BNS and ADM were purchased by 3 and 5 DGI investors, respectively. 

There was a 3-way tie for third place between Royal Bank of Canada (RY)  and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and 3M Company (MMM) with a total of 5 buys. Back in December, out of the 65 buys founds, MMM were purchased by 1 DGI investor, while RY and JNJ had not logged a single buy.

In fourth place was a 3-way tie between International Business Machine (IBM)HCP, Inc (HCP)and Caterpillar, Inc (CAT) with a total of 3 buys.

And although not included in the chart, there were a total of 16 companies with 2 buys:
  1. Apple (APPL)
  2. AT&T (T)
  3. BHP Billiton (BBL)
  4. Boeing (BA)
  5. Diageo (DEO)
  6. Emerson Electric (EMR)
  7. General Mills (GIS)
  8. General Motors (GM)
  9. Gilead Sciences (GILD)
  10. Main Street Capital (MAIN)
  11. Procter & Gamble (PG)
  12. Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B)
  13. Southern Company (SO)
  14. Toronto Dominion (TD)
  15. Walt Disney (DIS)
  16. Wells Fargo (WFC)
Data used for this SUMMARY is from our 

Purchases made by A Frugal Family's Journey:
As reported in our recent monthly portfolio update, our family was pretty active active this past month.  In fact, we ended the month with the second most buys logged in a single month as we made a total of 11 buys for our family's dividend stocks portfolio.  Our family purchased shares of Union Pacific Corp (UNP), International Paper (IP), Oracle Corp (ORCL), Genuine Parts Co (GPC), Royal Bank of Canada (RY), International Business Machine (IBM), BHP Billiton Plc (BBL), Wells Fargo Corp (WFC), Caterpillar Inc (CAT), and Capital One Financial (COF).  We added roughly $4,500 of new capital to the family portfolio which will add approximately $187.00 to our forward dividends.

What have you been buying?  Please feel free to share in the comments or send me a link to your Recent Buy post in case I happened to have missed it.

If you have a chance, make sure you also take a look at my COLLECTION OF STOCK ANALYSES!! As with my collection of recent buys, my goal is to make this collection also become a centralized source for everyone. It could become a place where one can get ideas on what to invest in next, to establish a desired stock purchase price, or simply to see what your favorite bloggers are buying.  Whatever your reason, my hope is that this collection proves to be a great reference tool and helps provide you that little extra advantage that you are looking for in order to succeed with your investing.

Also, if you have a chance, make sure you also follow or visit Adam over at I Want to Retire Soon (IWTRS) as he provides a weekly summary of recent buys! A link to past summaries is maintained on his blog. Another great resource for ideas if you are not sure where to invest next! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dividend Stocks Portfolio (UPDATE) - January 2016

Here is the recent update to our dividend stocks portfolio – January 2016.


Glad to be reporting that this past month we did not sell off any shares from our family's dividend stock portfolio.  And since we did not sell any shares throughout the month of November, that also means that our annual dividends did not decrease either





With the market offering what appears to be extended Winter Deals, our family decided to extend our holiday shopping into the January month. :) Overall, we manage to make 12 total buys this month. It wasn't the record month we had last August when we had 17 total buys and $6,010.05 of new capital, but it was the second most active month for our family since we started this blog. In all, we put $4,500.54 of new capital to work and added another 187.40 in forward dividends for our family's dividend stocks portfolio. 

Below is the actual buy that we made during the past month:
6 shares of UNP (Union Pacific Corp) at $73.25
  • Total Spent: $439.50
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $13.20
10 shares of RY (Royal Bank of Canada) at $50.00
  • Total Spent: $500.00
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $23.06
15 shares of BBL (BHP Billiton Plc) at $19.72
  • Total Spent: $295.80
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $37.20
5 shares of GPC (Genuine Parts Co) at $80.00
  • Total Spent: $400.00
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $12.30
11 shares of ORCL (Oracle Corp) at $34.50
  • Total Spent: $379.50
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $6.60
3 shares of IBM (International Business Machine) at $132.00
  • Total Spent: $396.00
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $15.60
7 shares of COF (Capital One Financial Corp) at $64.00
  • Total Spent: $448.00
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $11.20
10 shares of WFC (Wells Fargo Corp) at $48.65
  • Total Spent: $486.50
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $15.00
8 shares of CAT (Caterpillar Inc) at $59.23
  • Total Spent: $473.84
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $24.64
5 shares of UNP (Union Pacific Corp) at $69.70
  • Total Spent: $348.50
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $11.00
10 shares of IP (International Paper Co) at $33.00
  • Total Spent: $333.00
  • Estimated Annual Dividend Received: $17.60


With the additional $187.40 in dividends, our new estimated annual income is now $3,839 (including our Edward Jones account) or and average of approximately $320/month.


During the past month,  our family received dividends from a total of 14 companies/ETFs/Partnerships!! The total dividends received from those 14 companies/ETFs/Partnerships was: $397.86

Below is a breakdown of the dividends received this past month:

01/04/16 - BPY (Brookfield Property Partners): $16.84

01/04/16 - WMT (Walmart Stores Inc): $17.15
01/06/15 - CIG (Companhia Energetica de Minas): $32.91
01/08/16 - PM (Phillip Morris Intl Inc): $7.14
01/15/16 - WPC (WP Carey Inc): $5.79

01/15/16 - VER (VEREIT Inc
): $61.88
01/15/16 - OXY (Occidential Petroleum Corp): $15.00
01/15/16 - THFF (First Financial Corp): $7.35
01/15/16 - ARI (Apollo Comm Real Estate): $58.10
01/25/16 - GE (General Electric Co): $10.35
01/27/16 - BNS (Bank of Nova Scotia): $7.47
01/29/16 - TD (Toronto Dominion Bank): $7.24
01/29/16 - AMTG (Apollo Residential Mortgage): $99.49

01/27/15 - CMCSA (Comcast Corp): $51.15


In case you interested, our family's dividend stocks portfolio 
may be found by clicking on the link below:

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Stocks Added to Collection of Stock Analyses - January 2016 (Week 4)

For those who are not yet familiar with our extensive collection of individual dividend stocks. The entire collection is currently comprised of 1,057 stock analyses (and still growing). The collection essentially provides links to various stock analyses that we found throughout the dividend blog community since 2013. Last year we added a total of 445 stock analyses to the collection. If you would like to view archives from previous years, please follow the respective links provided at the end of this post. 

Our currently readers already know that we recently began providing weekly updates. We started providing weekly updates back in November of 2015 and we are committed to continuing with the weekly updates throughout 2016. We hope the weekly updates not only provides more value to our readers but also helps ensure that we continue to keep our collection up to date.  Our 2016 Collection is now comprised of 61 stock analyses to date. At this pace, we should reach 720 and thus will shatter our total of 445 from last year!!     

January 2016 - Week 4:
Below is a list of newly added stocks analyses for the 4th week of January: 
  1. 3M Company (MMM)
    • by Sure Dividend
  2. AT&T Corp (T)
    • by Sure Dividend
  3. Cincinnati Financial (CINF)
    • by Simply Safe Dividends
  4. Cintas Corp (CTAS)
    • by Simply Safe Dividends
  5. Coca Cola Co (KO)
    • by Sure Dividends
  6. CVS Health Corp (CVS)
    • by Jason Fieber
  7. Hormel Foods (HRL)
    • by Simply Safe Dividends
  8. Internal Business Machine (IBM)
    • by Dividends Growth Stocks
  9. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
    • by Sure Dividend
  10. McCormick & Co (MKC)
    • by Simply Safe Dividends
    • Metro Inc (TSE:MRU)
      • by Dividend Beginner
    • Nordson Corp (NDSN)
      • by Simply Safe Dividends
    • Nucor Corp (NUE)
      • by Dividend Sleuth 
    • PPG Industries (PPG)
      • by Dividend Value Builder
    • Southern Co (SO)
      • by Dividend Growth Stocks
    • Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)
      • by Sure Dividend
    • W.W. Grainger (GWW)
      • by Dividend Value Builder

              Links provided directly in this post!

              Please feel free to leave me a message if you prepared a stock analysis that I did not include in my post.  I would be more than happy to add your stock analysis to both this post and our collection of stock analyses.  Please make sure to confirm that it is a dividend paying stock and that it is a individual stock analysis.
              My goal is to make this collection become the centralized source where one begins their research on a particular dividend stock company or at the very least, a source to confirm if a company stock is worth buying. Whether your a beginner or a veteran, I want this list to become an invaluable reference tool for you all. Best part, unlike other subscription based sites, I plan to keep this completely free for everyone to enjoy and benefit from.

              Feel free to share with all of your friends and family! 

              Click on Link Below

              2016 - Collection of Stock Analyses

              (Archived 201520142013)

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              Collection of Recent Buys

              Wednesday, January 27, 2016

              A Frugal Family's Journey - We Just Joined the 200K Club!!

              BIG "Thank You" to everyone that has supported, and continues to support and visit our blog...whether you have been with us from the beginning or you've just recently joined the journey, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your support.  

              We started blogging about our frugal family's journey approximately 22 months ago on March 15, 2014. Our blogging journey honestly started out as a hobby and simply a way to keep on track of our progress. Flash forward almost 2 years later, I am thrilled to announce that because of each and every one of our readers, we just reached yet another milestone today. We are now proud members of the 200K club!  And although it took approximately 15 months to reach our first milestone of 100,000 page visits to our blog, the second 100,000 page visits took us less than half the time.  Well, 6 months and 28 days to be exact!!
              Since I am somewhat of a stats nerd, below are some additional stats behind our 200,000 visits.

              Top Referring Sites
              BIG thanks to and twitter, but we also want to recognize and give special thanks to Captain DividendPassive Income PursuitMy Dividend Pipeline and Rockstar Finance for the additional traffic from your respective blogs. Lastly, although not present on the list above, I would like to also thank two other fellow bloggers and friends, Roadmap2Retire and I Want to Retire Soon, for your continue support and mention of our Collection of Recent Buys and Collection of Stock Analyses.  

              Also, thanks to all that have tweeted or re-tweeted our posts.  Our additional presence and our followers on Twitter has truly helped us continue to grow. In case you would like to follow us on Twitter, we can be found under: @FrugalFamilyof4. 

              Most Popular Page Visits
              Our top three most popular page visits are: 1) 2015 - Collection of Recent Buys 2) Dividend Stocks Portfolio 3) 2015 - Collection of Stock Analyses. Our two collections and family's dividend stocks portfolio were the difference makers in 2015, let's continue the tradition and make them winners once again in 2016!!

              Most Popular Posts
              Our top three most popular posts are: 1) P2P Account (update) - August 2014 2) Net Worth (update) - 2nd Quarter 2014 3) Collection of Recent Buys (November 2015 Summary). The top two post remained unchanged as they were the top two from our 100K Club post, however, the third most popular post came this past November from our Collection of Recent Buys Summary.  These post received the pageviews they did because of you (our readers and fellow bloggers).  Thank you for reading and/or sharing our post with others.  We truly appreciate each and every one of you for the support!

              Top Pageviews By Countries
              We are tremendously grateful that our blog has seemed to have a worldwide presence as evident by the chart above.  However, the top pageviews to our blog came from the following top three countries: 1) United States 2) Canada 3) Germany.  And although Russia and Finland appears to be gaining ground on the 3rd spot, these top three have remained unchanged from our 100K Club post.



              Tuesday, January 26, 2016



              Purchased 10 shares of UNP on 1/25/2016 at $33.00
              Total Spent: $333.00; added $12.30 in forward dividends.

              Another winter deal in the books! International Paper Co (IP) set a new 52-week low during the mid-day session. In fact, IP dipped as low as $32.50 during the afternoon session. Although we didn't pick up shares at the lowest point of the day, we did manage to pick up a few shares close to the bottom at $33.00

              We have been watching IP paper for awhile and saw the dip as an opportunity to add another great dividend paying company our family's dividend stocks portfolio

              Although we understand the price concerns, we believe that International Paper Co (IP) management has laid down the necessary foundations for the company to have a successful 2016 and beyond. We believe the high 4.7% yield provides a reasonable entry point. We have no problems sitting back and collecting the juicy 4.7% yield as we wait for a turnaround.

              Below are a few pros and cons we compiled from a few recent articles found:

              • IP is a large cap company with a capitalization of $13.5Bil.
              • Nearest competitor Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) has a much smaller capitalization of $5.6Bil.
              • IP is the world's leading producer of containerboards used to make corrugated brown boxes for shipping goods.  With E-commerce expected to grow steadily, sales in this category should continue to see steady growth.
              • 3rd-quarter earnings of .97 cents for 2015 beat estimates of .92 cents.
              • IP has a dividend yield of 4.7% and has been increased for the past 5 yrs.
              • Next Ex-dividend is 2/11/2016, which means we will get our first dividend payment on March 15th.
              • IP has a nice cash pile at $1.97Bil which allows it to continue to pay its high dividend and still have cash left over for stock buyouts and company investment.
              • IP has a 3-year CAGR of 13%.
              • S&P Capital IQ has a 4-star  (or buy) rating on IP with a price target of $52.00.

              • Sales down in Industrial packaging, printer paper, and consumer packaging.
              • Concerns over pricing are running up and down the paper and packaging sector.
              • Recent Downgrade from Citi.

              Company Description
              From Google Finance:
              International Paper Company is a paper and packaging company with primary markets and manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Company operates in three segments: Industrial Packaging, Printing Papers and Consumer Packaging. Industrial Packaging segment’s products include linerboard, medium, whitetop, recycled linerboard, recycled medium and saturating kraft. Printing Papers segment products include uncoated papers, which engage in the business of producing papers for use in copiers, desktop and laser printers and pulp, which manufactures printing, writing and specialty papers, tissue products and filtration products. Consumer Packaging’s coated paperboard business produces coated paperboard for packaging and commercial printing end uses. Its foodservice business produces cups, lids, food containers and plates. Its brands include Hammermill, Springhill, Accent, Ballet, Rey, Pol, Everest, Fortress and Carolina

              With today's purchase of International Paper Co (IP), the estimated forward dividends for our family's dividend stocks portfolio grew another $12.30, putting our yearly dividends at approximately $3,612/year (excluding our Edwards Jones account) and $3,970/year (including our Edward Jones account).  

              Since we did not previously own IP in our family's dividend stocks portfolios (WF and EJ Accounts), today's purchase now brings our portfolio to a total of 52 different dividend paying stocks/ETFs and also 4 companies that either don't pay a dividend our has currently suspended their dividends.

              Our family's dividend stocks portfolio may be found
              by clicking on the link below:

              We also maintain an extensive list of stock analysis
              that can be access through the link below:

              We also just started a list of Recent Buys by other bloggers
              that can be access through the link below:


              International Paper Co (IP)
              P/E: 15.29
              Payout Ratio: 74.98%
              Dividend Yield: 4.83%
              Dividend Growth rate (5yr AVG): 39.87%
              consecutive years of dividend increases
              Last Ex-dividend date: 11/12/2015
              Next Ex-dividend date: approx. 2/11/2016
              Have paid a dividend since: 1946 (69 years)
              Pays a dividend 4 times a year.
              Market Cap: 13.5 Billion
              52-week high: $57.90
              52-week low: $34.03

              Purchased Price: $33.00

              What are your thoughts on of recent purchase?

              What are you buying?