Forward Dividends

2018 Dividends

Progress to FI

Saturday, January 21, 2017

new purchase

Today I added to my existing positions in VTI, VYM, BND and VXUS.

Estimated forward dividends: $230.07.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

How Should The Average Person Invest In The Stock Market

2016 dividend updates

I am glad to have grown my dividends by 10.6% from last year (I am still shocked!). I was doing very well with investing till Q2. Q2 was my by best. After that I had to sell few of my positions to meet some commitments. Q3 I could not contribute much. Q4 I was more or less back to my regular investment level (although not as good as Q2). Without Q2 I would not have beaten my 2015 dividends. I am looking forward to 2017 Q1. How do you guys investment and still meet life commitments?

Dividend comparison

2016 Q4

Monday, January 16, 2017


I would like to take advantage of the low mortgage rates and buy a home. But, even with supreme effort I have been unable to come up wit the required capital. So, I have been thinking of investing in REIT.

As a staunch believer of vanguard, I have been looking into Vanguard REIT Index Fund (VGSIX). REITs are not strongly correlated with the overall market (correlation stands at 0.74), in a sense it gives me defensive diversification. The yields are also awesome. I believe VGSIX has yield of ~4.8%. This would contribute immensely to my passive income stream. It has a expense ratio of 0.26% which is slightly on the higher side (as compared to other funds in my portfolio). I would keep REITs at 5% of my overall portfolio. I would probably start out with VNQ and once I have 3000 I can switch to VGSIX. BTW, on vanguard ETFs trade for free.

About Fundrise

I have looked into Fundrise and I feel they are expensive. I would probably invest in REIT index funds etc. Fundrise is a new company, perhaps after a year or two I would look into it again.

Monday, January 9, 2017

LOYAL3 on Bloomberg TV Jan 2014

My biggest problem with Loyal3 is the lack of choices. Additionally they go by the "name" and do not perform any due diligence on the stock itself.For example they have been having Aeropostale (ARO ==> AROPQ), which is now in bankruptcy. Naive investors might buy into the brand name. Similarly, American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) has been around for sometime. If Loyal3 is all about taking investing to the masses they should do a little bit due diligence at their end.

On a positive note, I love the concept of zero commission trades.

TD Ameritrade CEO on proposed $4B merger with Scottrade

I own a scottrade brokerage account. I am excited about this buy. The only negative I can think of is the 9.99$ trade (scottrade is 7 bucks). Scottrade's DRIP (they call it FRIP) is one of the worst I have seen. TD Ameritrade has a much better DRIP. I also look forward to a lot more research material (scottrade's stock market research offerings are limited).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2016 Q4 dividend update

Symbol Name
VHDYX Vanguard
High Dividend Yield Index Fund Investor Shares
$7.06 $0.00 $0.00 $7.06
VMMXX Vanguard
Prime Money Market Fund
$0.03 $0.00 $0.00 $0.03
VBMFX Vanguard
Total Bond Market Index Fund Investor Shares
$2.60 $0.17 $0.08 $2.85
VGTSX Vanguard
Total International Stock Index Fund Investor Shares
$16.26 $0.00 $0.00 $16.26
VTSMX Vanguard
Total Stock Market Index Fund Investor Shares
$18.81 $0.00 $0.00 $18.81