Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio – July 2014 Update – Tougher Month

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Date posted: 07.29.2014 (3:00 am) | Write a Comment  (0 Comments)

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As many of you know the Ultimate Sustainable dividend portfolio was built over a year ago as an attempt to slowly become financially free. By that I mean having enough passive income to not “need” to work any longer. I track my progress every month and I’m looking at many different wyas to get that done which include real estate, my own business, etc. That being said, the core of my strategy relies on income generated from my portfolios.

The USDP, along with my ETF portfolio generate the bulk of my passive income and I decided to track this with a monthly post in order to keep myself accountable and also because I’ve heard from many of you that this would be helpful.

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

TickerNameSharesJuly 28 2014 PriceJuly 28 2014 Values
OMCOmnicom Group Inc32$72.96$2,334.72
MSFTMicrosoft Corp74$43.97$3,253.78
JCIJohnson Controls Inc42$48.65$2,043.30
PEPPepsiCo Inc/NC30$90.97$2,729.10
ETNEaton Corp33$76.75$2,532.75
DOVDover Corp26$88.11$2,290.86
ITWIllinois Tool Works Inc30$84.75$2,542.50
XLNXXilinx Inc39$41.33$1,611.87
SJMJM Smucker Co/The21$104.08$2,185.68
BLKBlackRock Inc13$316.43$4,113.59
TROWT Rowe Price Group Inc31$80.25$2,487.75
OXYOccidental Petroleum Corp24$99.82$2,395.68
XOMExxon Mobil Corp21$104.37$2,191.77
ADIAnalog Devices Inc46$50.55$2,325.30
HASHasbro Inc31$51.14$1,585.34
MATMattel Inc45$35.42$1,593.90
AFLAflac31$63.65$1,973.15
BAXBaxter International26$76.47$1,988.22
IVZInvesco Ltd69$38.43$2,651.67
CVXChevron20$133.24$2,664.80
TXNTexas Instruments Inc32$47.35$1,515.20
VWOVanguard FTSE Emerging Markets81$45.14$3,656.34
BNDVanguard Total Bond Market46$82.15$3,778.90
Cash$93.30
USDP$56,539.47
SPX16.17845817$3,588.68$58,059.31

Dividends Received

The month of July is one of the slower months in the year in terms of dividends but the $35 generated this month are still 27% more than July 2013 so we are making progress!

 

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Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio News

Not much to report here. I can’t say I’d blame these companies for not announcing dividend increases in the middle of the summer!

Returns

Unfortunately, the news isn’t as good here. Yes, part of it is the type of portfolio that I run. Having a dividend portfolio usually means having a low beta portfolio. So you’d expect it to underperform in fast rising markets but to do much better in market declines. Since the last update, the overall market is up 2% (including dividends). The USDP is only up about 1.3%. Why? Just look at these 2 stocks compared to the overall market:

MAT Chart

MAT data by YCharts

XLNX Chart

XLNX data by YCharts

So the USDP now trails the S&P500 total return and will hopefully make up for it!

 

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Trades

A very slow month this time around, I did add to both of my ETF positions however.
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