After a month of no activity I started March out with a new addition to my Portfolio. I bought 26 shares of General Electric (GE) for $25.98 at March 3, 2015. With a current dividend of $0.92 per year this should add $23.92 or €21.48 to my yearly dividend income. Continue reading Recent Buy: General Electric (GE)
Time to look back on my little February challenge I ran last month! I decided to cut back on grocery costs, our local super market bill ran over €400 in several months. In the February challenge I took a pretty dramatic approach and decided we should do with just €60 per week or about €240 for the month. Continue reading February Challenge: Fail & Success
There seems to be little news that can stop the market these days from going up and up. The value of my portfolio increased 6.2% without any additional purchases! February was the first month since 2013 that I made no additional purchases in my portfolio. There was not one specific reason that kept me away of making a purchase. Maybe a few little reasons together like the fact the market is getting cheaper, the month February turning out a expensive and I have an extra motivation to save cash. Continue reading Dividend Income: February 2015
“You could have grasped the importance of the auto when it came along but still found it hard to pick companies that would make you money. But there was one obvious decision you could have made back then–it’s better sometimes to turn these things upside down–and that was to short horses.”
Is it again time to “short horses”? Continue reading Time to short horses?
Today was the first day that all my positions are up in value since I bought them (exluding dividends). Even my worst performer so far, IBM, is now up. However this is in EURO’s, the strengthening of the USD versus the EURO has compensated the drop of the IBM stock price completely. Other stocks have been up over 30% since I bought them just two years ago. Continue reading Scared by All Time Highs?
Even though I don’t believe in timing the market I am interested in temporary market dips like the one we saw in October 2014, I added on to two of my positions right away. For 2015 I expect we will see a dip sooner or later and when it happens I will be watching these stocks for good entry points. Continue reading Watchlist February 2015
Even from the Netherlands I watched part of the Super Bowl last Sunday. Yes, it was quite late and I did not make it until the end. More importantly however were the commercials I watched the next day 🙂 Continue reading McDonalds in a slump is an excellent opportunity
Motivated by seeing very low grocery bills on other blogs like nomorewaffles.com I decided to have a 4 week mini challenge in February to minimize our grocery costs. Over 2014 we spent an average of €380 a month on groceries. However the last quarter including the December month we averaged €467! Continue reading February Challenge: €60 / week grocery bill
Earlier this month I made a beginning in Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century while at Tenerife for a week, but I didn’t quite finish the 500plus pages yet… Continue reading What stocks to buy according to Piketty?
As was expected the first month of the year is a slow month in dividend income. Proctor & Gamble and Realty Income are the only ones from my portfolio that paid out a dividend this month. Continue reading Dividend Income: January 2015