Top 101 Dividend Stocks – December 2014 Edition

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Date posted: 12.01.2014 (4:57 am) | Write a Comment

Saint_Basil_Moscow_cropEvery month I take a universe of stocks (typically the S&P500) and look at the top dividend paying stocks. I’m the first one to admit that yield is (just) one criteria among many others that should be considered but it is a good starting point. It is often among this universe that I’ll start my research when I’m making changes to my Ultimate Sustainable dividend portfolio.

Here is the list!

Dividend Yield
Payout Ratio
RIGTransocean Ltd21.0114.2863.792/18/2015
DODiamond Offshore Drilling Inc29.3711.9288.6902/12/2015
WINWindstream Holdings Inc10.119.89250.7712/29/2014
ESVEnsco PLC33.88.8836.912/04/2014
NENoble Corp plc17.998.3425.202/12/2015
FTRFrontier Communications Corp7.055.67362.4212/10/2014
CTLCenturyLink Inc40.775.3N/A2/27/2015
TAT&T Inc35.385.253.1301/07/2015
IRMIron Mountain Inc38.015213.9112/03/2014
HCPHCP Inc44.84.87106.9202/05/2015
MATMattel Inc31.554.8255.22/17/2015
FCXFreeport-McMoRan Inc26.854.6684.821/15/2015
PMPhilip Morris International Inc86.934.668.0712/23/2014
HCNHealth Care REIT Inc73.664.483110.7702/05/2015
PBCTPeople's United Financial Inc14.784.4787.671/28/2015
TETECO Energy Inc19.834.4496.662/13/2015
SOSouthern Co/The47.434.43107.3602/05/2015
WMBWilliams Cos Inc/The51.754.41222.6212/10/2014
OKEONEOK Inc54.164.36117.51/28/2015
VZVerizon Communications Inc50.594.3551.7301/07/2015
KMIKinder Morgan Inc/DE41.354.26138.481/30/2015
PCLPlum Creek Timber Co Inc41.684.22135.5102/11/2015
PPLPPL Corp35.534.1979.7912/08/2014
MOAltria Group Inc50.264.1481.2112/22/2014
RAIReynolds American Inc65.914.0679.112/10/2014
VTRVentas Inc71.554.05164.0612/17/2014
EDConsolidated Edison Inc63.153.9967.8902/09/2015
CNPCenterPoint Energy Inc23.943.97114.152/17/2015
ETREntergy Corp83.93.9683.1102/09/2015
HPHelmerich & Payne Inc69.553.9537.522/13/2015
DUKDuke Energy Corp80.93.9382.3802/11/2015
CVXChevron Corp108.873.9334.892/18/2015
POMPepco Holdings Inc27.53.93245.4512/08/2014
SESpectra Energy Corp37.883.9180.5602/04/2015
FEFirstEnergy Corp36.883.9245.2302/04/2015
LOLorillard Inc63.143.969.922/25/2015
DRIDarden Restaurants Inc56.993.86157.3701/09/2015
AEEAmeren Corp43.113.875.8112/08/2014
KIMKimco Realty Corp25.453.77174.4812/30/2014
PNWPinnacle West Capital Corp63.233.7660.311/29/2015
GASAGL Resources Inc52.313.7570.9302/12/2015
TEGIntegrys Energy Group Inc72.843.7361.842/27/2015
AEPAmerican Electric Power Co Inc57.553.6864.4602/10/2015
SCGSCANA Corp57.033.6860.312/08/2014
COHCoach Inc37.123.6447.8812/03/2014
PCGPG&E Corp50.53.6100.6112/30/2014
OXYOccidental Petroleum Corp79.773.634.8412/08/2014
LYBLyondellBasell Industries NV78.863.5529.303/05/2015
XELXcel Energy Inc33.943.5458.4312/23/2014
PEGPublic Service Enterprise Group Inc41.783.5458.5712/08/2014
MCDMcDonald's Corp96.813.5155.762/27/2015
GMEGameStop Corp37.813.4937.2103/05/2015
CINFCincinnati Financial Corp50.953.4552.2212/15/2014
DOWDow Chemical Co/The48.673.4534.1412/29/2014
EXCExelon Corp36.173.4373.552/17/2015
SPLSStaples Inc14.063.4144.2612/24/2014
DTEDTE Energy Co81.463.3968.5312/18/2014
WYNNWynn Resorts Ltd178.613.3696.592/13/2015
GRMNGarmin Ltd57.33.3557.4412/11/2014
PFEPfizer Inc31.153.3457.6802/04/2015
GEGeneral Electric Co26.493.3253.1112/24/2014
DDominion Resources Inc/VA72.553.3172.8803/04/2015
MACMacerich Co/The79.083.29252.352/18/2015
CMSCMS Energy Corp33.13.2659.6902/11/2015
PAYXPaychex Inc47.413.2181.371/30/2015
CACA Inc31.153.2150.392/17/2015
FFord Motor Co15.733.18221/28/2015
WECWisconsin Energy Corp49.43.1656.9602/11/2015
MCHPMicrochip Technology Inc45.153.1671.142/18/2015
LMTLockheed Martin Corp191.563.13522/25/2015
PLDPrologis Inc42.283.12288.8212/18/2014
GISGeneral Mills Inc52.753.1153.4101/09/2015
NUNortheast Utilities50.643.158.8712/09/2014
WMWaste Management Inc48.733.08696.9412/03/2014
XOMExxon Mobil Corp90.543.0534.3102/05/2015
PBIPitney Bowes Inc24.623.0562.6402/11/2015
PSAPublic Storage187.632.98105.0212/11/2014
MRKMerck & Co Inc60.42.98116.5312/11/2014
SYYSysco Corp40.262.9872.3112/30/2014
KKellogg Co66.252.9636.162/27/2015
EMREmerson Electric Co63.752.9556.362/18/2015
CVCCablevision Systems Corp20.322.95122.8603/12/2015
LEGLeggett & Platt Inc42.092.9489.9912/11/2014
HASHasbro Inc59.22.9172.881/30/2015
CLXClorox Co/The101.622.9166.161/26/2015
MROMarathon Oil Corp28.922.931.862/17/2015
MURMurphy Oil Corp48.422.8926.472/13/2015
AVBAvalonBay Communities Inc160.792.89932.9412/29/2014
LLYEli Lilly & Co68.122.8844.892/13/2015
SPGSimon Property Group Inc180.82.88111.9602/11/2015
KMBKimberly-Clark Corp116.592.8858.0812/03/2014
PGProcter & Gamble Co/The90.432.85611/21/2015
BAXBaxter International Inc732.8549.712/03/2014
EQREquity Residential70.842.82N/A12/18/2014
AIVApartment Investment & Management Co37.252.7931414.2702/11/2015
NEENextEra Energy Inc104.392.7865.112/25/2015
NUENucor Corp53.632.7696.7412/30/2014
CPBCampbell Soup Co45.282.7650.8801/08/2015
CAGConAgra Foods Inc36.522.74140.91/28/2015

TransOcean sinking fast….

I often mention that looking at dividend yield only provides a starting point. Imagine being someone who owned RIG a year ago and now holds the top paying spot in our monthly ranking. You’d still have a tough time to find a shareholder that’s been happy with holding the stock over the past year.



What do you think about RIG?



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Top 101 Dividend Stocks – November 2014 Edition – Why 101 stocks?

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Date posted: 11.05.2014 (3:00 am) | Write a Comment

Mandarin_Oriental_Munich_Exterior_bEvery month I take a universe of stocks (typically the S&P500) and look at the top dividend paying stocks. I’m the first one to admit that yield is (just) one criteria among many others that should be considered but it is a good starting point. It is often among this universe that I’ll start my research when I’m making changes to my Ultimate Sustainable dividend portfolio.

Here is the list!

Dividend Yield
Payout Ratio
Ex-Dvd Date
RIGTransocean Ltd27.3510.9763.7911/12/2014
DODiamond Offshore Drilling Inc33.510.4588.692/12/2015
WINWindstream Holdings Inc10.49.62250.7712/31/2014
NENoble Corp plc19.157.8325.22/12/2015
ESVEnsco PLC38.67.7736.912/11/2014
FTRFrontier Communications Corp6.36.35362.4212/10/2014
TAT&T Inc34.795.2953.131/7/2015
IRMIron Mountain Inc36.315.23213.9112/24/2014
CTLCenturyLink Inc41.635.19#VALUE!12/4/2014
HCPHCP Inc44.384.91106.9211/6/2014
MATMattel Inc31.154.8855.211/24/2014
KMIKinder Morgan Inc/DE37.464.7138.481/30/2015
HCNHealth Care REIT Inc72.234.573110.7711/6/2014
PBCTPeople's United Financial Inc14.494.5587.671/28/2015
FCXFreeport-McMoRan Inc27.794.584.821/15/2015
PMPhilip Morris International Inc89.454.4768.0712/23/2014
VZVerizon Communications Inc50.334.3751.731/7/2015
PCLPlum Creek Timber Co Inc41.274.26135.5111/12/2014
PPLPPL Corp34.944.2679.7912/9/2014
MOAltria Group Inc49.424.2181.2112/22/2014
CCICrown Castle International Corp78.164.2#VALUE!12/17/2014
VTRVentas Inc69.134.19164.0612/17/2014
OKEONEOK Inc56.54.18117.51/28/2015
DRIDarden Restaurants Inc52.734.17157.371/9/2015
RAIReynolds American Inc64.374.1679.112/10/2014
WMBWilliams Cos Inc/The54.174.14222.6212/10/2014
COHCoach Inc334.0947.8812/5/2014
EDConsolidated Edison Inc63.383.9867.8911/7/2014
LOLorillard Inc61.913.9769.9211/26/2014
POMPepco Holdings Inc27.393.94245.4512/8/2014
FEFirstEnergy Corp36.923.9245.2311/5/2014
GMGeneral Motors Co30.823.89012/8/2014
SESpectra Energy Corp38.153.8880.5611/13/2014
DUKDuke Energy Corp82.233.8782.3811/12/2014
AEEAmeren Corp42.43.8775.8112/8/2014
PNWPinnacle West Capital Corp61.663.8660.311/29/2015
KRFTKraft Foods Group Inc57.123.8545.0512/30/2014
CNPCenterPoint Energy Inc24.643.85114.1511/12/2014
KIMKimco Realty Corp25.213.81174.4812/30/2014
SCGSCANA Corp55.353.7960.312/8/2014
TEGIntegrys Energy Group Inc72.343.7661.8411/28/2014
SPLSStaples Inc12.913.7244.2612/24/2014
CVXChevron Corp115.373.7134.8911/14/2014
AEPAmerican Electric Power Co Inc58.133.6564.4611/6/2014
MACMacerich Co/The71.333.64252.3511/7/2014
GASAGL Resources Inc53.873.6470.9311/12/2014
MCDMcDonald's Corp94.473.655.7611/26/2014
PCGPG&E Corp50.683.59100.6112/30/2014
PEGPublic Service Enterprise Group Inc41.173.5958.5712/5/2014
XELXcel Energy Inc33.473.5958.4312/23/2014
FFord Motor Co13.953.58221/28/2015
HSTHost Hotels & Resorts Inc22.963.48169.5212/31/2014
CINFCincinnati Financial Corp50.9053.4652.2212/15/2014
GRMNGarmin Ltd55.843.4457.4412/11/2014
PFEPfizer Inc30.283.4357.6811/5/2014
GEGeneral Electric Co25.73.4253.1112/24/2014
HPHelmerich & Payne Inc80.693.4112.9711/12/2014
EXCExelon Corp36.473.473.5511/12/2014
CACA Inc29.383.450.3911/18/2014
OXYOccidental Petroleum Corp85.323.3834.8412/8/2014
STXSeagate Technology PLC63.893.3835.8511/6/2014
WYWeyerhaeuser Co34.463.3784.952/25/2015
DTEDTE Energy Co82.393.3568.5312/18/2014
DDominion Resources Inc/VA71.823.3472.8811/25/2014
LYBLyondellBasell Industries NV84.073.3329.311/20/2014
MCHPMicrochip Technology Inc42.883.3371.1411/19/2014
CMSCMS Energy Corp32.83.2959.6911/5/2014
CVCCablevision Systems Corp18.373.27122.8611/13/2014
WYNNWynn Resorts Ltd185.263.2496.5911/7/2014
PAYXPaychex Inc47.253.2281.371/30/2015
PLDPrologis Inc41.533.18288.8212/18/2014
NUNortheast Utilities49.513.1758.8712/9/2014
WECWisconsin Energy Corp49.423.1656.9611/12/2014
LMTLockheed Martin Corp190.793.155211/26/2014
ABBVAbbVie Inc62.663.1376.994/10/2015
LEGLeggett & Platt Inc39.813.1289.9912/11/2014
DOWDow Chemical Co/The47.583.1134.1412/30/2014
GISGeneral Mills Inc52.863.153.411/9/2015
WMWaste Management Inc48.343.1696.9411/28/2014
SYYSysco Corp37.363.172.311/7/2015
GMEGameStop Corp42.733.0937.2111/28/2014
KKellogg Co63.73.0836.1611/26/2014
NAVINavient Corp19.463.08#VALUE!12/3/2014
CSCOCisco Systems Inc24.883.0547.851/2/2015
PBIPitney Bowes Inc24.583.0562.6411/12/2014
BAXBaxter International Inc68.453.0449.712/3/2014
IPInternational Paper Co52.63.0441.0511/13/2014
PSAPublic Storage186.653105.0212/11/2014
HASHasbro Inc57.36372.881/30/2015
AVYAvery Dennison Corp46.61345.8512/1/2014
ADIAnalog Devices Inc49.452.9960.3212/3/2014
KMBKimberly-Clark Corp113.162.9758.0812/3/2014
MRKMerck & Co Inc59.372.97116.5312/11/2014
RSGRepublic Services Inc38.232.9360.8712/30/2014
CLXClorox Co/The100.932.9366.161/20/2015
XOMExxon Mobil Corp94.522.9234.3111/7/2014
LLYEli Lilly & Co67.172.9244.8911/12/2014
KOCoca-Cola Co/The41.822.9257.8511/26/2014
AVBAvalonBay Communities Inc159.612.91932.9412/30/2014
WUWestern Union Co/The17.182.9134.7212/18/2014
PGProcter & Gamble Co/The88.642.9611/21/2015

The “Perfect” Dividend Stock?

As I was working on gathering my updated list of the top 100 dividend stocks from the S&P500, one thing that stuck out was actually a stock that did not make the list…barely. Proctor & Gamble is in many ways the “perfect” dividend stock. The company is a perfect example of what we typically look for:

-history of paying and increasing dividends
-company that can perform well in almost any economic scenario
-management committed to its dividend
-a highly diversified company that does not rely on one product or brand

Just look at these numbers:

last price
dividend yield
EPS 5Y Growth
DVD 5Y Growth
Sales 5Y Growth
Payout Ratio
Debt/Mkt Cap
PE Ratio
PGProcter & Gamble Co/The88.642.81-6.988.041.03610.1420.9

The main concern you’d have looking at this is the EPS and once you see the 30 year chart, you’ll see that the trend is loud and clear:



What do you think about PG?


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Time to Dump eBay ($EBAY)

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Date posted: 10.31.2014 (4:19 am) | Write a Comment
$ebayThis morning, I’ll be closing one of my two remaining 2014 long & short tech stock picks. Why? At this point, I can no longer support holding eBay. Why?

Valuing eBay as a Bank?

For years, I’ve been saying that I value eBay as a bank. Why? Mostly because I’m not a big believer in its “online auctions/store” business. There is very little growth left:
Really, the growth is in its payments business:
That left a lot of “unlocked value”. But when eBay finally confirmed it was going to spin out Paypal, the stock reacted:
I’d argue that while not all of that value has been unlocked certainly a decent portion has.

Paypal Is In An Increasingly Bad Position

Two or three years ago, Paypal was the dominant payments player. That may still be the case but with leadership focused on irrelevant initiatives such as advertising networks, same-day shipping (which the company is now stopping), it wasted time and resources that could have been much better spent on payments.
Now, Paypal finds itself in a defensive position as it tries to fight off Apple Pay (already the clear leader), Google wallet and other initiatives by established and new players. Even worse is the clear trend where Paypal is losing momentum….
Look at this Google Trends and I would bet that 1-2 years from now, it will look very different:
I personally struggle to see much in terms of optimism when I look at $EBAY these days. The growth is slowing,The company has been so paralysed that it’s been unable to adapt fast enough to position itself . The payments (both offline and online) scene looks like it will be dominated by a few players led by Apple Pay, Google Wallets with a few outsiders like EBAY, McX and Square now looking like they’re in trouble. Of course, it’s still very early and there’s certainly a chance that Paypal could turn it around but I don’t see anything that leads me to believe that is likely.  Private company Stripe, through alliances with Apple, Alipay is clearly stealing much of Paypal’s platform with developers.
In the end, eBay no longer is a good opportunity at these levels and for now I prefer staying out of the stock
Disclaimer: Long eBay (EBAY) which will be closed on today’s opening


Should I Short The Nasdaq($QQQ) ?

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Date posted: 10.27.2014 (3:00 am) | Write a Comment

qqqAs an investor, I believe in a few basic principles that guide my overall strategy. Most of my investments are concentrated into 2 key elements:

-My diversified, passive investing ETF portfolio
-My Ultimate Sustainable dividend portfolio

Both of those are highly diversified and I can sleep without any problems even if we do see another big market crash.

Another sector of my investments that is starting to worry me a bit more however is my technology stock investments. I’m not as worried about my long & short tech stock picks because they are “long & short” and thus would not be expected to do better or worse no matter what the market turns into. However we not get to the “problem”. I have my longer term speculative picks which are a growing part of my investments. I have made 1 in each of the past 3 years:

-2012: Facebook (FB)
-2013: Apple (AAPL)
-2014: TripAdvisor (TRIP)

Not only are they very significant investments from the start but the first two have done extremely well. I have no intention of selling in the near future and will likely make more such picks.

Why Are My Long Term Speculative Picks All “Tech-Related”?

The main reasons are of course that I believe that is where I have the best understanding of the companies, the environment and can make the best “picks” The big danger of course is that as will happen with other sectors, the tech stocks will most certainly go through another bubble. For technology stocks, it’s very easy to remember the last one where many dot com stocks did not even make it. I’m not sure I want to have 20-30% or more of my assets so vulnerable when something like that happens.

Solution = Shorting The Nasdaq?

By selling an ETF that tracks the Nasdaq Index, I would certainly be better protected if such an event occurs but there is of course the downside that I’d be paying to borrow the ETF. Also, if ever my stock pick returns are mainly due to the overall market, those returns will basically be “zero”. I’ll be long names that have gained big but shorting an index that has done the same. I decided to look at charts for the 3 names to see how they’ve done in comparison to QQQ:


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It’s still very early to tell on TRIP but clearly the other 2 would have done extremely well even if I had those shorts.

What My Portfolio “Could” Look Like

Instead of owning $100K of tech stock names for examples outright. I could own:

-$100K of Tech stock names
-Short 100$K of the Nasdaq (through a short on QQQ)

This would make my strategy “cash neutral” more or less and would allow me to invest it in a more diversified manner.

I started considering this after hearing that many tech venture capitalists have such a strategy in place to limit their exposure to the sector since they generally have a significant portion of their savings invested in their own funds.

Any Thoughts?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. I’ll certainly be looking into the cost of such a strategy (basically how much the borrow on QQQ typically goes for). You could argue that QQQ is not the ideal hedge since holding a “internet stock” ETF would have more correlation but I fear the cost of such a “perfect” hedge would outweigh the additional benefits.

Closing 3 Trades

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Date posted: 10.24.2014 (4:22 am) | Write a Comment

My long & short trades are generally a lot more volatile than my other trading portfolios which is why despite their strong performance, I will continue to put a limited amount of cash into that account. However, given the performance of the strategy over the past 5 years, it’d certainly be tempting to put more into it in 2015. I guess I’ll discuss that when I publish my post about the lessons that I take from my 2014 trading.

Today, I will be closing 3 of the 5 remaining long & short tech stock trades:

Long Apple (AAPL) & Short Yelp (YELP): +44,05% – Yelp is a company that has been overvalued for some time and putting up against a stock like Apple gave me good odds. The trade was negative for some time but then Yelp reported disappointing guidance:


Long Google (GOOG) & Short Blue Nile (NILE): -24,47% As many of you know NILE has been one of my favorite shorts over the years but it has recently become closer to what I’d consider to be its “fair price”. Still, shorting it against Google seemed like a good risk/reward trade but when Google fell short in terms of earnings, that trade went bad.

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Long Tripadvisor (TRIP) & Short Travelzoo (TZOO): +27,13% Ahh. I love this pairing. TRIP has had a tough run and I’m currently down over 10% on my long term speculative bet (to be fair, the market is also down) but I have no doubt that over tiem, TRIP is a superior play and you can expect me to put this trade up again at some point next year.

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The returns for the long & short portfolio now stand at +40,13%, a good return in any year and far beyond my yearly objectives for this portfolio.

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Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio – October 2014 Update – Tough Market

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Date posted: 10.17.2014 (3:00 am) | Write a Comment

Dollar treeAs many of you know the Ultimate Sustainable dividend portfolio was built over a year ago as an attempt to slowly become financially free. It is the most important part of my passive income plan and in weeks like the past 2 ones where we start to see panic in the financial markets, it’s a good process for me to go back and see how the portfolio is doing.

As is always the case, you can get extra information in my newsletter, it’s free to sign up for here:

Without further wait, let’s get started. Here are the portfolio holdings as of last night:

Oct 16 2014 Prices
Oct 16 Values
OMCOmnicom Group Inc32$66.16$2,117.12
MSFTMicrosoft Corp75$42.74$3,205.50
JCIJohnson Controls Inc43$40.69$1,749.67
PEPPepsiCo Inc/NC31$90.79$2,814.49
ETNEaton Corp34$59.92$2,037.28
DOVDover Corp27$73.44$1,982.88
ITWIllinois Tool Works Inc37$83.07$3,073.59
XLNXXilinx Inc40$38.49$1,539.60
SJMJM Smucker Co/The22$97.88$2,153.36
BLKBlackRock Inc14$310.69$4,349.66
TROWT Rowe Price Group Inc32$75.43$2,413.76
OXYOccidental Petroleum Corp25$86.44$2,161
XOMExxon Mobil Corp22$90.60$1,993.20
ADIAnalog Devices Inc47$44.60$2,096.20
HASHasbro Inc32$54.21$1,734.72
MATMattel Inc46$29.62$1,362.52
BAXBaxter International27$68.18$1,840.86
IVZInvesco Ltd70$35.85$2,509.50
TXNTexas Instruments Inc33$43.59$1,438.47
VWOVanguard FTSE Emerging Markets74$40.63$3,006.62
BNDVanguard Total Bond Market36$82.97$2,986.92

Dividends Received

It has not happened much but this October will actually generate less money than October 2013 ($30.78 vs $41 last year). I’d have to check but I’d imagine it’s caused by a company moving its dividend dates a bit. Not a big deal but I’ll certainly continue to monitor.



Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio News

Ticker Name News
TXN Texas Instruments Inc Dividend increase of 13.3%
VWO Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Dividend increase of 6.7%
BND Vanguard Total Bond Market Dividend increase of 3.8%


These are volatile times in the financial markets and in days like these, I’m thankful that I have some strategies where the focus isn’t as much about the value of the portfolio but rather the income that the portfolio generates. That being said, as we’d expect, the portfolio did out-grow the S&P500.
The worst return:
Dover Corp (DOV) -16,49%
The best return:
Vanguard Total Bond Market (BND) +1,1%
Clearly vindication that in a down market, there is a lot of value in holding some other asset classes.




In addition to the normal “dividend reinvestments”, I also decided to add a bit to our positions in 2 of the stocks that have paid dividends since the last USDP update:

-Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW) 6 shares – $500
-Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) – 12 shares – $500

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