Buys and Sells for the Week 5/20

That dividend raise song just keeps on playing with Leggett & Platt (LEG) raising their dividend 4.76% and Packaging Corp of America (PKG) with a 25% raise. Retail was the dagger in the heart of the markets this week . Here are my trades for the week: Best Buy (BBY)   – increased position – Retail dropped like a … Continue reading

Why I’m not a fan of Annuities

While perusing finance articles I came across one from MarketWatch called “Why don’t retirees like annuities?“. The article touched on the most common issues that annuities are not flexible, can be complicated to understand and laden with excessive fees. Without a doubt these are serious concerns for investors but the article did not address an … Continue reading

Buys and Sells for the Week 5/13/22

Dividend raises have slowed but the occasional one still trickles in like Phillips 66 (PSX) who raised their dividend 5.24% and Algonquin Power & Utilities (AQN) with a 5.98% raise. Only one word to describe markets…DOWN. Here are my trades for the week: Air Products (APD)   – increased position – Bought the dip, can you blame me. Grabbed … Continue reading

April Dividend Income

After 35 years of clocking in and out of work and religiously saving at least 10% annually in my 401K every year, my countdown to financial independence is in sight. Each month is a step closer and let’s look at how this past month is getting me there. For the month of March I made … Continue reading

Buys and Sells for the Week 5/6

Received a surprise and unplanned raise from Telus (TU) who just increased their dividend last November and decided to hike it again another 3.42%. Not much to say about the markets other than volatility, volatility, and more volatility. Here are my trades for the week: Medical Properties Trust (MPW) – increased position – Been awhile since I bought … Continue reading

Buys and Sells for the Week 4/29

Two more dividend raises this week, IBM (IBM) gave a paltry 0.6% raise and Discover Financial (DFS) gave me an unplanned 20% raise. Markets once again drastically sell off before a Friday close. Maybe I should hold all my buys until the last 15 minutes of trading on a Friday lol! Here are my trades … Continue reading

Buys and Sells for the Week 4/22

Three more dividend raises this week, what is not to like? Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) 6.6% raise, Southern Company (SO) 3.03% raise and Bar Harbor Bankshares (BHB) with a 8.33% raise. Here are my trades for the week: Best Buy Inc (BBY) – increased position – One of the few fairly priced stocks out there today. Grabbed 3 … Continue reading

My Final Adjustment for FI – Income Diversity

Being just 5 years out from reaching Financial Independence (FI) I have started to fine tune everything as the acquisition phase of my investing journey is coming to an end.  Losing the safety net of my steady weekly earned paycheck means I have to do more to avoid investing mistakes or unplanned events. Recently I … Continue reading

Buys and Sells for the Week 4/15

New inflation numbers came out this week and it was all the talk in financial circles with a whopping 8.5% rise. Thankfully I received some dividend raises to offset inflation; Procter & Gamble (PG) issued 5% raise while Artesian Resources (ARTNA) issued a 2.02% raise. Here are my trades for the week: Independent Bank Corp … Continue reading

Buys and Sells for the Week 4/8

Not a lot of excitement (positive or negative) for the week. The Fed released some new commentary about more rate increases but nothing that caused the stock market to panic as most investors are expecting additional rate hikes. Only weakness was in transports and not sure why. If I had to guess maybe there is … Continue reading


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