Saturday, January 9, 2016



Union Pacific Corp (UNP) 
Purchased 6 shares of UNP on 1/7/2016 at $73.25
Total Spent: $439.50
$13.20 added to annual dividends

Royal Bank of Canada (RY) 
Purchased 10 shares of RY on 1/7/2016 at $50.00
Total Spent: $500.00
$23.22 added to annual dividends

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) 
Purchased 5 shares of GPC on 1/8/2015 at 80.00
Total Spent: $400.00
$12.30 added to annual dividends

With the market of to its worst 5-day start to a year on record, we decided to take advantage of the Winter Sale! We purchased a few shares of Union Pacific Corp (UNP) and Royal Bank of Canada (RY) during Thursday's session. And on Friday, with the market seeing more decline, we seized the opportunity to pick up a few shares of Genuine Parts Company (GPC). 

With China's stock market in complete disarray, crude oil prices plunging to lowest level since 2003, and corporate earning for the last quarter of 2015 widely expected to be underwhelming, there may be more deals to be had in the coming weeks.  Nevertheless, as a long term investor who is now seeking to buy and hold forever, we feel that we found three companies at great values that should continue to pay us "dividends" for years to come! 

As you observe the fact sheet on our recent purchases below, you will notice a common theme that is consistent found in stable, high quality companies: 1) Yields Above 3%, 2) 10+ Billion Dollar Market Cap, 3) 60+ year history of paying dividends.  Additionally, the P/E and payout ratios aren't that bad either!!  

With the recent purchases today, we added another two NEW stocks to our family's dividend stocks portfolio. Royal Bank of Canada (RY) and Genuine Parts Company (GPC) now brings our family's dividend stocks portfolio to a total of 50 stock/ETFs. Union Pacific Corp (UNP) was a company that we had already previously owned.

With the purchases mentioned above, our estimated forward dividends grew another $48.72 and now stands at approximately $3,941.85/year in dividends.

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Union Pacific Corp (UNP)
P/E: 12.75
Payout Ratio: 37.13%
Dividend Yield: 3.01%
Dividend Growth rate (5yr AVG): 14.99%
consecutive years of dividend increases
Last Ex-dividend date: 11/25/2015
Next Ex-dividend date: approx. 2/25/2015
Have paid a dividend since: 1900 (115 years)
Pays a dividend 4 times a year.
Market Cap: 63 Billion
52-week high: $124.52
52-week low: $72.42

Purchased Price: $73.25

Royal Bank of Canada (RY)
P/E: 9.82
Payout Ratio: 45.86%
Dividend Yield: 4.49%
Dividend Growth rate (5yr AVG): 9.06%
4 consecutive years of dividend increases
Last Ex-dividend date: 10/22/2015
Next Ex-dividend date: approx. 1/22/2016
Have paid a dividend since: 1870 (145 years)

Pays a dividend 4 times a year.
Market Cap: 71.4 Billion
52-week high: $67.49
52-week low: $49.83

Purchased Price: $50.00

Genuine Parts Company (GPC)
P/E: 16.93
Payout Ratio: 52.22%
Dividend Yield: 3.04%
Dividend Growth rate (5yr AVG): 8.46%
4 consecutive years of dividend increases
Last Ex-dividend date: 3/5/2015
Next Ex-dividend date: approx. 6/5/2015
Have paid a dividend since: 1948 (67 years)

Pays a dividend 4 times a year.
Market Cap: 11.8 Billion
52-week high: $104.23
52-week low: $78.76

Purchased Price: $80.00

What are your thoughts about my recent purchases?

What are you buying?


  1. Excellent purchases, AFFJ. Cant go wrong with any of those in the long run.


    1. Thanks R2R, everyone should see similar purchases this coming year (and even a few ETFs) as we are making a commitment to pick up companies that we can buy and hold forever. We hope that this strategy allows us to somewhat put our portfolio on auto pilot.

      Thanks for stopping by and best wishes my friend. AFFJ

  2. Congrats on the new acquisitions!! Great time to buy!

    1. Thank you WD. As a long term investor, we hope the winter sale continues so we can pick up more companies and collect their dividends while we sit and wait for their eventual recovery. :)

      Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. AFFJ

  3. Super purchases! I may get some RY soon as a way to extend my exposure to both international and a great payer for so long!

    FYI: Looks like a typo for the dividend yield of RY. It's more around 4.49%.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Fab, and thanks for pointing out the typo. We used for the yield. Great reminder to cross reference the facts with a secondary source since uses a set formula on their website for this kind of info.

      Hope to see you as a fellow shareholder in the weeks to come. Best wishes and success throughout 2016! AFFJ

  4. Great buy AFFJ!

    RY is on my buy list for sure!

    Keep up the good work! :)

    1. Thanks Steph, figured can't go wrong with buying a company with such a long history of paying dividends, yield above 4%, and at a value near its 52-week low. ;)

      We hope to welcome you as a fellow shareholder soon. Best wishes!! AFFJ

  5. Hi AFFJ,

    Great set of purchases there! I'm actually planning on hopefully picking up some shares of RY myself before the upcoming ex-dividend date.

    Best regards,

    1. Thanks Dividend Beginner. RY is a popular buy among DGI investors lately. We decided to test the waters with this buy and may add more if the price continues to decline further.

      Take care, AFFJ