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Portfolio Status: August 2013

272481_diagramContinuing with my goal of financial transparency, I’m posting my portfolio as it is at the beginning of August of 2013.

Under the portfolio tab above is where I am keeping a more or less current list of my positions.  The below is where my portfolio stands as of August 1, 2013.  Also, check out the dividends and options pages where I am tracking each of those.


2013 Portfolio Value as of:

  • January 1st: $91,567.06
  • February 1st: $95,514.53
  • March 1st: $99,743.57
  • April 1st: $102,160.83
  • May 1st: $111,056.49
  • June 1st: $115,388.08
  • July 1st: $121,356.66
  • August 1st: $129,800.78


July represented another amazing month of growth for me.  Most of the gains this month were from price appreciation as I didn’t add much additional fresh capital.  My big buy this month was about $1,100 of Oneok Inc (OKE).

In terms of dividends, I pulled in $279.46 in July of 2013.  A lot weaker than last month, but not many of my stocks pay out in July.

To date, I have pulled in $2,000.28 in dividends for 2013.


2013 Monthly Dividends:

  • January: $164.00
  • February: $265.11
  • March: $326.64
  • April: $301.76
  • May: $295.42
  • June: $452.89
  • July: $279.46


One of my major goals for this year and next year is to substantially increase my emergency fund pile of cash to leverage put options against, which also doubles as an emergency fund so that it can cover one full year’s worth of my expenses ($35K).  So let’s track that too:


2013 Cash Pile Value as of:

  • January 1st: $4,753.16
  • February 1st: $7,353.16
  • March 1st: $8,965.33
  • April 1st: $10,560.33
  • May 1st: $12,168.49
  • June 1st: $13,768.49
  • July 1st: $15,363.49
  • August 1st: $16,973.18


Portfolio as of June 1st, 2013:

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14 Responses to "Portfolio Status: August 2013"

  1. Very nice — your portfolio value is increasing at a steady clip and you’re raking in some solid dividends each month. It’s great that you’ve already passed $2,000 in dividends for the year. Keep up the good work!

    1. MFIJ says:

      Thanks. I’ll probably pass $3,500 in dividends by the end of this year. Which is way better than I was expecting to do.

  2. MFIJ,

    Awesome stuff. Not only has your portfolio steadily climbed, but you have a nice cash hoard there as well. You’re marching higher on both fronts.

    Great job on the dividend income. You had a pretty stellar total on an off month. Keep it up!

    Best regards.

    1. MFIJ says:

      I’m currently trying to figure out what to do with my cash hoard. In another couple of years, I’m going to decide whether to use it as the downpayment on a small condo or invest it. I’m currently doing research on home buying in my spare time to see if it makes sense to finally stop being a renter. More posts on that topic are coming as I get time to write them.

  3. Looking strong to meet your annual goal of $3,000 dividends! Have you considered breaking your portfolio growth down into capital growth and additional purchases? At the end of the day progress is progress regardless of where it has come from, but would I be correct to assume you are investing quite a bit more than your goal of $1,000 per month to get this growth?

    1. MFIJ says:

      I’d refer you to the chart in one of my previous posts that shows capital input and total returns. It also has my annualized growth calculated out as well which takes into account capital input.

      $1,000 a month is my minimum. This year, I’m averaging around $1,400 a month. The actual goal is to put aside at least $3,000 of my base salary a month. $1,600 into the cash pile and $1,400 into investments. In actuality, I invest $1,000 a month, with larger investments on the two months that I get 3 paychecks instead of the usual two. That’s how I get the averages above. I also invested over 50% of my annual bonus (I can’t remember the exact percentage). So you’re correct, it has wound up being more than $1,000 a month.

  4. Love seeing this growth. You’re on track to having an amazing year! Totally with you on the cash hoard. I’ve got some big thinking to do as well.

    1. MFIJ says:

      Thanks. I’m either going to have to convert that cash hoard into a down payment on a small condo or pump it into investments. I’m not sure how much I like having that much money sitting around doing nothing.

  5. “I’ll probably pass $3,500 in dividends by the end of this year. Which is way better than I was expecting to do.”

    You’re rockin’ the income.

    Well done. Keep it up!

    1. MFIJ says:

      Thanks. Slow and steady. Every month capital goes in and investments get purchased. The race is on to see if I can hit $4,000 in dividends by this year. At the rate I’m going, it’s going to be a photo finish.

  6. Integrator says:

    Nice work. I’m also trying to see if I can get to a $4k annual dividend run rate on my US portfolio this year. It will be a huge achievement if I can get there. I think I’ll probably fall short. By the way your Lockheed Martin pick was a nice one. I purchased some shortly after the review. Its up greater than 20% since then in only 3-4 months. I think its overvalued now, but I will continue to hold for the dividend.

    1. MFIJ says:

      Thanks. I don’t know if I’ll get to $4,000 either. I think it’s going to be close, like a photo finish at the end of December.

  7. This is quite great review. I liked your table showing everything in one place with the current gains. It is clearly showing that long term holding pays off. Even today, when the markets are volatile you still have most of your holdings far in positive territory. Mine are in red (not all of them) but I started purchasing recently, so it is obvious, but those I purchased many years ago, such as JNJ these are all in solid black numbers. Great job man!

    1. MFIJ says:

      Almost every time I purchase as stock it goes into the red for a bit. That’s what happens when you buy weaker stocks. But if the company is sound it will go back up as soon as the market stops being retarded.


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