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7/21/2015, 6:44:22 PM

So I'm on vacation, but I'm not dead. Before I go out and swim for a bit, I decided I'd execute some orders (sounds so much cooler than it is) on the stocks I'd been comparing/eyeing this weekend. As usual, I will preface this by saying I am new to this whole thing and if there were a gradient from completely green to Warren Buffett, I would be firmly in the green still. That being said, I actually did my own analysis on the stocks I did purchase today, albeit nothing too deep or intensive. For example, I'm not to the point where I'm using P/E to determine whether I should invest. I'm sure I'll get to that point, but for the moment I'm not going out on any crazy limbs by establishing myself with these companies. I'm keeping it simple. So far, I'm using these metrics (which could be absolutely terrible, I'm sure) which I took largely from David Fish's CCC list:
  • Reasonable dividend payout (2 - 5% yield)
  • Long history of increased dividends
  • An upward trajectory in stock price over the past 5 years
Feel free to point out my terrible strategy. I am completely open to learning -- that's what this whole thing is about. For now, I'll get into which stocks I bought! Realty Income Corp (O) Realty Income Corporation I'm sure many of you are quite familiar with this one. I read that it is described as the "Monthly Dividend Company" on its Wikipedia article. Honestly, I didn't even comprehend that this was a REIT stock until after I purchased it. But hey, it looks strong to me. The company was founded in 1969 and was recently added to the S&P 500. It's had 22 years of consecutive dividend growth and its current dividend yield is at 4.85% from what I can tell. I bought in at $47.12 with 10 shares. This was my second out of three commission-free trades on Scottrade (yay!). Target Corporation (TGT) Target Corporation Last of my commission-free trades was Target. While I do own Walmart stock, it's Target my family visits 4-5 times per week. Like Diet Coke, we have a personal stake in the success of this company and based on how it's done previously, it seems like it will keep going strong for years to come, so by that measure I had no qualms going forward. It's been around for over 100 years now and is also included in the S&P 500! Although I read that Target Corp's dividend growth wasn't so hot in recent years, it has still continued to climb over the last 32 years. The dividend yield is presently 2.46%, which is good enough for me. I bought 6 shares at $84.48. This brings my total number of stocks owned up to seven (7) for a stock portfolio currently worth about $3,450.00.
Recent Buys
Buys

Recent Buys

7/16/2015, 10:46:53 PM

Ha! "Recent buys." Am I doing this right? So as I mentioned in my last post, I purchased several more stocks after my first one, which was for Coca-cola! The research behind these was essentially the same, meaning I stood on the shoulders of some of the DGI Giants in our circles and moved forward based on their hard work. I'm thinking that my next stock purchase will take some actual hard work and due diligence on my part, so I've already started putting some legwork into that. But meanwhile, I figured I'd update on what I actually got going. Please excuse the smaller number of shares. I realize some of you have 10X or more what I have here, but remember I'm just getting started: 5X UNP @ $97.5899 for $494.95 5X WMT @ $73.5599 for $374.80 5X MMM @ $156.719 for $790.60 5X PG @ $82.379 for $411.90 (this was a free trade) So, as you can see on my portfolio page (which I promptly updated after buying up the stock for Proctor & Gamble), I have updated my total stock equity amount to $2,460.35 from $2,048.40. My trades for UNP, WMT and MMM all came with the $7 trade fee from Scottrade, but luckily my referral situation finally got figured out. I had signed up through a referral link but something went wrong in the process. All it took was a quick call to customer service and they were quick to help me out (very nice!). So now I have two more free trades to make within the next 30 days! I've also added another $2,500 to my Vanguard SEP IRA which brings its value to about $15,270! All these recent moves have pushed me over the $40k mark in combined brokerage + investment accounts, which is ... such a good feeling. I think as I move toward the $50k mark, my goal is to start adjusting my portfolio to include a higher percentage (which currently sits at 0%) of both bonds and international stocks. Most likely, I'll go with the Vanguard index funds that track both those markets. What do you guys think of VBMFX and VGTSX? Should I buy into those next? Should I wait until I have $10k for each and go with  VBTLX and VTIAX for a decreased fee? As always, your input is appreciated!
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