Monday, April 30, 2012

April Recap

I was very pleased with the performance of my portfolio this month.  I added shares to 2 of my positions and enjoyed 3 solid dividend increases.  I received a bonus installment from my enlistment; once again I have way too much cash.  I plan to average in over time, but if I see opportunities I will jump on it. 

I'm on orders to Korea and will report mid June.  I'll be taking 2 weeks of leave in about a month, it's going to be awesome!  2 weeks without an alarm clock sounds nice, very nice indeed.

New Purchases:
1) 19 shares Norfolk Southern (NSC) providing $35.72 annual income.  NSC was purchased at $64.96/share + commission.
2) 20 shares Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) providing $45.60 annual income (the dividend has since increased).  JNJ was purchased at $63.16/share + commission.


Dividends Received: $155.17
Coke (KO) - $19.89
H.J. Heinz (HNZ) - $11.52
Illinois Tool Works (ITW) - $10.44
Phillip Morris (PM) - $60.06
Exchange Income Corp (EIFZF) - $17.34
Realty Income Preferred Series F (O-PF) - $6.76
LTC Properties (LTC) - $29.16

Dividend Increases:
1) PG:  $.525 to $.562 per quarter.  $11.54 annually
2) CVX: $.81 to $.90 per quarter.  $10.44 annually
3) JNJ: $.57 to $.61 per quarter. $9.60 annually
4) BWP: $.53 to $.5325 per quarter. $1.71 annually

New Capital:
$6,010 in April.  $1700 added to ROTH IRA, $4,310 added to taxable account.  I received an installment of bonus money this month.  Last year no taxes were withheld, this year it was.  I hope my tax bill will be lower in 2013 because of this.  I spent $78 on contacts, $138 on a hard drive, $57 on 2 pairs of shorts, and also replenished my emergency fund.  The rest of the year I won't be able to contribute as much.


In May I will most likely make 2 purchases.


  1. Nice month man!

    2 weeks of vacation sounds awesome man! I can't wait till I can go on permanent vacation. :)

    You made some great purchases there with JNJ and NSC. Both great long-term buys.

    That's a huge infusion of fresh capital. It takes me about 3 months to get my cash built up to $6k+. Awesome!

    Keep up the fantastic work.

    1. Heck yeah, permanent vacation is going to be great. 2 weeks is a long time, I'll get a little taste of what I'm working towards. I actually have over 40 days of leave built up, but I plan on doing some traveling while I'm in Korea. Hopefully I'll get a chance to go to Thailand again, Japan and possibly even China.

  2. JNJ looks a very popular investment. Well im very far from you guys, i dont even spent less then I earn at the moment :/

    Good vacation, ill be having my in July :)

    1. Enjoy your vacation. I plan to relax at the beach and sit around a campfire or two at night.

  3. Today I noticed Boardwalk pipeline increased its distribution. It was actually announced yesterday but I missed it. I updated my portfolio page accordingly. It was the standard 1/4 cent raise they usually do. By itself it means very little, but it is nice to receive a raise 4 times a year. This is the 6th increase since I originally bought BWP.

  4. Looks like a very solid month for you. Keep up the good work!

  5. Great month and a nice cash addition!. That should be a great vacation