This is my third stock purchase of the month and I’m looking at utility dividend stocks as the Utilities sector has the lowest weight in my dividend stock Portfolio. I’ll be buying the stocks as an automatic trade through Sharebuilder. Due to how their automatic trades work, the actual purchase will be made Tuesday and I have until 5pm on Monday to select the stocks. But since I’ll be working, I typically make the decision over the weekend based on Friday’s close, then fire and forget. I’m not investing huge amounts in any one stock so I’m not too concerned about price changes on Monday.
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It’s time for another dividend stock purchase and this time I’m following my new dividend investing rules. This week I’m looking at stocks in the Healthcare sector which is currently the lowest value sector in my dividend stock Portfolio as you can see in the following table.
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This is an update to my personal finance journey covering 2003. I really don’t remember much about this year which means nothing too exciting happened. It was my third year living in Michigan and my job was becoming increasingly stressful. I was still renting the same apartment.
I had also given up any form of budgeting for the year – I don’t think I kept any track of what I spent. I was fortunate enough to be earning more than I could reasonably spend in a month and I became lazy. It’s taken me a lot longer this time to go through old bank statements and piece together what happened.
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Your budget is your most important guide on your personal finance journey. It tells you where you’re headed and how long it’ll take to get there. Like any tour guide, your budget must be honest and realistic to be useful.
I needed to re-calculate my monthly budget for the remainder of the year now that I’ve sold my second house. Here’s the result.
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I’ll be making more stock purchases this month as I have more monthly cash available after my house sale. I’m still using Sharebuilder for my purchases at the moment and I’m on their automatic plan which charges $12 for 12 stock purchases in a month. The $12 is paid via credit card out of my monthly living budget so I don’t really think of it as a commission fee even though it is.
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May’s been a chaotic month as I sold my house which has required some re-budgeting now that I don’t have as many expenses. This month is the last one using my original budget and represents a small improvement over last month.
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Mixed feelings here today – I’m on the road, sitting in a Starbuck’s in Alabama after travelling down here to sell my house. I’m listening to David Bowie’s Changes, as I did when I first decided to leave Alabama a year ago, so there’s a certain kind of symmetry. I spent 10 years living here and I already left once last year to move to Michigan and it feels like that all over again. It’s been great seeing some old friends again though.
I bought the house in 2004 for $143,000 and I’m selling it 10 years later for $135,000. So as an investment, it’s not been a great deal. Or was it?
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It’s that time again. I came across an interesting article yesterday which compared two hypothetical investors who both started invested $1000 in the S&P index in 1983 and continued investing $1000 each year for the next 30 years. One bought stocks at the end of each year, the other bought stocks at the highest point of the S&P for that year. Guess who came out ahead?
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I buy investments twice a month; around the first and third Tuesdays of each month. This is a way of dollar cost averaging and it also allows some minor tweaking on my individual stock weighting since I buy shares from the lowest performing sector in my portfolio at that point in time.
With that out of the way, read on to see my first purchase in May.
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It was back to normal income in April  now that taxes are out of the way. This month will be the baseline going forward since it’s one of the months with my lowest dividend income; so hopefully from now on, the only way is up (income) and down (expenses)!
So how did it go? Read on to find out…
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