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Portfolio Status: September 2013

272481_diagramContinuing with my goal of financial transparency, I’m posting my portfolio as it is at the beginning of September 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 September 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
  • September 1st: $128,119.89


August wasn’t a great month.  My portfolio actually went down in value, as did the market as a whole.  I guess I’m reaching the point where market gyrations affect the short term value of my portfolio more than regular additions of cash.  But just because the portfolio went down in value last month, doesn’t mean that the dividend stream did.  In fact the dividend stream was increased as I spent about $2,800 on purchasing Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI) shares.


In terms of dividends, I pulled in $355.08 in August of 2013. To date, I have pulled in $2,355.36 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
  • August: $355.08


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
  • September 1st: $18,573.18


Portfolio as of September 1st, 2013:

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12 Responses to "Portfolio Status: September 2013"

  1. Mike says:

    nicely done.

    Do you ever compare YOY dividends? How much of an increase was there versus August 2012?

    1. MFIJ says:

      I have been working on a comparison of growth of forward dividends over time. I hope to post that in the next couple of weeks.

  2. Nice update. Like Mike I am also wondering what the YOY dividend growth is and what is caused by new capital, dividend increases or dividend reinvestment. Do you have these stats?

    Best regards,

    Robin Nieland
    A Dividend Dream

    1. MFIJ says:

      I have been going back and looking at my how my forward dividend projections have grown each month. I hope to write up a post about that soon.

  3. MFIJ,

    Another fine month! My portfolio value only went up because I injected a ton of fresh capital. My Fund is also big enough to the point where market gyrations will have a bigger net effect than cash additions. That’s okay, because as you pointed out: the dividends just keep on going up! :)

    Best wishes.

    1. MFIJ says:

      It was kind of sad to see my portfolio go down for the first month in a long time. Maybe the bull market is finally ending. Of course, I said that a couple of months ago and was wrong.

      But on the bright side, my forward dividends just keep on advancing upwards.

  4. Liquid says:

    Nice progress :) Most of your picks have performed well over the past year and it must be a great feeling to see your dividend income grow quarter after quarter :D

    1. MFIJ says:

      Thanks. And yes it is nice seeing my dividends increase. It really makes me excited to keep on adding money to my account and buying more stocks.

  5. Not a great month, but you’re still rocking the dividends :)


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  6. Integrator says:

    I wouldn’t be too concerned with a slight down tick in portfolio value. 2008 still brings back bad memories. I’m pretty sure the odd month or two there had greater than $20-30k declines for me.

    1. MFIJ says:

      I’m not overly concerned with a downtick. That has happened before. And as I’ll show on Thursday, the dividend stream just keeps on increasing.


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