Personal and Blog Recap
This week honestly just flew by and most of the time outside of my day job was spent relaxing and recharging. I’m very much looking forward to two back-to-back 4 day work weeks following this one to get more done. Since there are few updates on my personal life and portfolio this week, I’d like to share some insight into the blog with a quick look under the hood.
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In the following section, I will outline all transactions in my brokerage accounts as well as cover relevant news around my holdings with the goal of keeping my portfolio as transparent as possible.
In the week starting February 7 2022 I received dividends and distributions from the following holdings:
Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL)
Mastercard (NYSE: MA)
Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN)
Buy and Sell Orders
I did not place or execute any orders this week but I am very much looking forward to maxing out my Tax-Free Savings Account with the contribution next week. Check back next week to find out about my fourth transaction of 2022.
Two more dividend increases were announced this week, adding up to 9 dividend increase announcements in 2022 alone - that’s 15% of my portfolio increasing its dividends or distributions in the first 1.5 months alone! So just like the piles of snow continue to grow outside, the dividend snowball keeps on rolling and monthly payouts should surpass the magical barrier of mortgage expenses by the end of the year.
On February 8th, 3M (NYSE: MMM) announced an increase of 0.7% to their dividend. Definitely underwhelming especially since last year was equally as low and their increases have become very symbolic instead of meaningful. I hope that 3M can solve the challenges they currently face, and increase the momentum of the dividend in the near future. I will continue to hold the company but if a 3rd or 4th year without significant growth follows the past two, I may have to reevaluate my stance.
The second announcement of the week was quite the opposite. Pepsico (NYSE: PEP) announced an increase of 7% beating inflation numbers and marking their 50th consecutive year of dividend increases. I am a happy shareholder and the newborn Dividend King will continue to remain a consumer sector staple in my portfolio.
Reads from the Community
Over the course of the week, I had a chance to read a lot of articles from the investing community. Below you can find some of my favorite posts and/or videos throughout the week.
In “Dividend Aristocrats In Focus: Medtronic” Prakash Kolli dives into Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) and examines the manufacturer of various medical devices from a growth and dividend perspective. At close to 52-week-lows the stock currently looks attractive and I’m strongly considering averaging down the cost basis of the position I initiated last year.
Check back next week for more reads from the personal finance and investing community!
I hope you enjoyed reading through some of these insights into my personal life and portfolio.
I invite you to share your opinions or feedback regarding the series. Are you missing anything? Is there another topic you’d like to see covered? Let me know in the comments below!