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Money in the Trough – January Dividend Stock Purchases -2019

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A new month, a new year (HAPPY NEW YEAR!) and a new round of dividend stock purchases.  With the government shutdown looming, China’s economy slowing (which is impacting USA companies) and a pending trade war, we again find ourselves with some deals for the taking.

December 2018 dividend stock purchases came in at a gigantic sum.  I’ve moved roughly 10% out of cash savings to make my 2019 ROTH contributions and add a little padding to my taxable account.  While the market doesn’t feel great right now, that makes me more confident, not less about putting more cash to work.  I will probably also be looking to add more bluechip stocks in established EU companies.

So far this month, I’ve invested roughly $2,600 in dividend stocks at an average yield of only 2%.  The MA buys are really brining down the average. The IRM purchase as bought via DRIP.

New Buys - January 2019

My dividend portfolio has been updated with these buys.

All additional purchases made this January will be posted on this page.  I try to invest $2,500 – $4,000 every month.

Financial Data provided by Intrinio.

What have you been buying this month?

I'm a dividend growth investor who is aiming to retire early in 6 years at the age of 45. My goal is to live off the income my dividend portfolio and rental property produce exclusively and leave the corporate rat race. I hope you will join me in this journey!


  1. Nice dividend income Pig, solid work. Cheers, A Dividend Dream.

    PS: Is it possible to eliminate your social bar on the left side (Tweet, share, pin, +1 ,share)? It’s making reading your site a whole lot harder.

    • Thanks DD,

      Its been a decent month so far! Also, thanks for the feedback on the social bar. Is it hovering over the text on your screen? I definitely want to get that fixed if its causing an issue! Thanks!

  2. Do you think adding a bond etf is necessary to my all dividend stock roth

    • Hi Rick. First, thank you for the comment. Second, it really depends on your investment goals. If you are retired or are close to retirement, then a bond etf is a fine idea as you may want the consistent and safe payments. However, if you are looking for increasing income over time, then a bond etf isn’t for you. On the other hand, many financial talking heads recommend that you keep you a decent portion – 30% in bonds even if you are in your 30s. I don’t personally subscribe to this as I am seeking dividend growth and I don’t mind the extra risk.

  3. Hi Blake,

    I’ve been following you for a while and I love your insights and website. You have a large number of stock holdings of which quite a few have only a few shares. I am curious whether you ever look at your holdings to trim the lower paying/returning stocks and apply that money to the highest paying/returning stocks? Say, sell off the bottom 20 stocks and use that money to add to the top 20 pay/returning stocks?

    I’m thinking if you did that on an annual basis, you would eventually increase your overall return.

    Any thoughts on this idea?

    • Hi Ernest,

      Great to hear from you!

      Yes, I do have a large group of holdings in my dividend portfolio. Currently, I am not at a point where I feel like I need to trim any stocks – unless something drastic happens to the individual position. My investment timeline is long enough that I have plenty of time to allow individual investment to grow without the need to trim stocks every year just for the sake of trimming. But on top of that, I am in a very fortunate position as I have enough cash at the moment to invest where ever I find value.

      But, there will be a time, hopefully, before interest rates really rise (its gotta happen eventually, right), that I am aware enough to step away from some stocks before they adjust significantly. At that point, there will indeed be some selling and reallocating while values adjust. So, I will be trimming some stocks permanently from the portfolio and other just waiting for better valuations… I won’t do it yearly, but I will do it more inline with the market cycle.

      Thanks for the great comment!

  4. Wow – Way to put some capital to work right there. As a fellow shareholder of MMM, IRM, and PM, I have to love those stock purchases. However, I also like the other names on this listing as well. Keep up the momentum in 2019 and continue pushing forward!


    • Hi Bert! It has been a pretty active month. Hard not to when we have those kinds of deals popup. Just wish I would have invested more 😉 Great to hear from you!

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