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Dividend Forecast - Week of 5/16
Taxable
$HAS - $0.70 per share, $0.71 total, cash
$ABBV - $1.41 per share, $1.48 total, reinvesting
$PG - $0.91 per share, $1.87 total, cash
$CARR - $0.15 per share, $0.91 total, reinvesting
$NSC - $1.24 per share, $1.24 total, cash
Roth IRA
$CARR - $0.15 per share, $1.81 total, reinvesting
Do you have any dividends coming in this week?
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2022 Birthday Buys - 3 Months Later
Just wanted to give a quick update on my Birthday Buys from this year and report out on their performance through 1 quarter.

Taxable Brokerage
Purchase Price $285.88
Current Price $263.06 (-8%)
Dividends Collected $1.24

$TGT (Trades aren't showing in my history list)
Purchase Price $220.01
Current Price $237.20 (+8%)
Dividends Collected $3.60

Roth IRA
Purchase Price $142.49
Current Price $126.42 (-11%)
Dividends Collected $2.32

Purchase Price $198.13
Current Price $225.98 (14%)
Dividends Collected $0.90

$HSY is the clear winner thus far, but we are playing the long game. I have already added more to my $KMB and $TGT positions. $HSY is at the top of my list to add to, currently.

Way-Too-Early 2023 Birthday Buy Watchlist

Taxable

I am rounded out on my sector/industry diversification. Looking for strong businesses with growth potential. Dividends are a plus, but not necessary!

Roth IRA

Looking for Healthcare & Utility exposure in my Roth. Open to any suggestions! Dividend is a requirement in this account!

Any recommendations?
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Portfolio Bracketology - $AAPL is the Champ!
Portfolio Bracketology has concluded and you have chosen $AAPL as your champ! $AAPL beat $VTI 21 - 16 in the final poll results (combined between Twitter and Commonstock poll).

Below is the final bracket:

The bracket was made up of all 55 of my active holdings - as verified here on @commonstock. Seeding was based on total return since initial acquisition date through 2/28/22. Final rankings are based on poll results - ranked in each round by initial seeding.

Here are final rankings of all 55 holdings based off the results of the bracket (Initial in Parentheses):

  1. $AAPL (3)
  2. $VTI (8)
  3. $O (21)
  4. $HD (42)
  5. $VDE (4)
  6. $BAM (11)
  7. $LOW (32)
  8. $TGT (47)
  9. $XLE (5)
  10. $ABBV (9)
  11. $SCHD (16)
  12. $KO (19)
  13. $VWO (20)
  14. $PFE (26)
  15. $SCHB (27)
  16. $PEP (31)
  17. $CMA (1)
  18. $CARR (2)
  19. $DD (6)
  20. $FUN (7)
  21. $RTX (10)
  22. $SCHF (15)
  23. $VEA (17)
  24. $MCD (24)
  25. $VNQ (28)
  26. $LEG (29)
  27. $SBUX (30)
  28. $HAS (40)
  29. $UL (43)
  30. $DIS (51)
  31. $COIN (52)
  32. $CTRE (53)
  33. $RVT (12)
  34. $VIG (13)
  35. $IEMG (14)
  36. $IEUR (18)
  37. $HASI (22)
  38. $PG (23)
  39. $CNA (25)
  40. $BUD (33)
  41. $CL (34)
  42. $HE (35)
  43. $TIPX (36)
  44. $VTEB (37)
  45. $PPL (38)
  46. $HSY (39)
  47. $CSX (41)
  48. $NSC (44)
  49. $LQD (45)
  50. $KMB (46)
  51. $BLV (48)
  52. $EMB (49)
  53. $T (50)
  54. $CRON (54)
  55. $CHWY (55)

Are there any surprises? Anything that stands out to you?

What are your overall thoughts on Portfolio Bracketology?

I had tons of fun putting this together and getting insight into people's perspective and thoughts on these companies holdings!
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That seems rad to me! I’ve never thought of putting your holdings head to head in a bracketed to-the-death tournament before! How do you determine the lineup to begin with?
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Q2 Portfolio Alignment
I do my best to stick to a routine cadence when it comes to investing. I have written about some of my methodology here, if you are interested.

Just like doing routine maintenance on your car, I do routine maintenance on my portfolio. The first weekend of each quarter I review my holdings and make updates to conviction ratings, reinvestment strategy and make any sales to trim positions. This routine alignment ensures I am on my intended path, but is also scheduled, so I don't go off the rails and make drastic changes on a whim.

Some of my rules for my portfolio alignment:

  • Sales - My rule is to trim overweight positions that I have held for 3+ years or sell positions that are <1% of my portfolio after 3+ years of holding.
  • Dividend Reinvestment - Reinvest dividends of S&P beaters in Taxable. Reinvest dividends of underweight holdings in Roth IRA.
  • Conviction Rating - Review each holding and record gut conviction (blind to previous rating)- either Low, Medium or High.

Taxable Brokerage

Sales:
None. $CMA and $VTI were candidates for me to sell, but I do not feel the need to trim these positions right now.

Dividend Reinvestment (Changes Only):

Conviction Rating (Changes Only):
  • $ABBV - Medium to High
  • $BUD - Medium to Low
  • $T - Low to Medium
  • $COIN - Medium to High
  • $DD - High to Medium
  • $MCD - High to Medium
  • $PEP - High to Medium
  • $PFE - High to Medium
  • $PG - High to Medium
  • $RTX - Medium to High
  • $RVT - Low to Medium
  • $SCHD - High to Medium
  • $UL - Medium to Low
  • $VIG - High to Medium

Roth IRA

Sales:
None. Could have trimmed $VWO and $VEA but didn't feel the need.

Dividend Reinvestment (Changes Only):

Conviction Rating (Changes Only):
  • $DD - High to Medium
  • $HSY - Medium to High
  • $KMB - High to Medium
  • $VIG - High to Medium
  • $VNQ - High to Medium

Reviewing my Conviction changes in both accounts, I am definitely leaning more conservative in most areas.

What are your thoughts? Do you do any portfolio maintenance activities? Would love to hear!

Have a great Sunday!
Shipping Macro Event?
I noticed both of my Railroad stocks ($NSC and $CSX) are down significantly today.

Did some macro event that will affect freight shipping happen today?

Would love to hear if anyone has insight!


Weekly Dividend Forecast
Below is my Dividend Forecast for the Week of 2/21

Taxable:

$NSC - $1.24 per share, $1.24 total, reinvesting
$SBUX - $0.49 per share, $1.50 total, cash

Roth IRA:

$SBUX - $0.49 per share, $4.44 total, cash

Do you have any dividends coming in this week?
Birthday Buys
I made my Birthday Buys this week - my time of year to start new positions!

This strategy allows me:

**1. Time to track potential new positions
  1. Slow & steady diversification
  2. Growth in existing positions throughout the year
  3. A way to Celebrate!**

I bought 2 new companies in both my Roth IRA and Taxable Brokerage

Taxable Brokerage

$NSC 🚂
  • Railroads were 0% allocation
  • RR's were relatively weak in my Watchlist Scorecard (2.5/5)
  • Buy made for the sake of diversification

$TGT 🎯
  • Highest rated stock on Watchlist (4/5)
  • Growth & dividend opportunity
  • Wife shops here almost weekly

Roth IRA

$KMB 🧻
  • Tied for highest rated holding on Watchlist (3.5/5)
  • CPG was 0% allocation
  • Very defensive company

$HSY 🍫
  • Tied for highest rated holding on Watchlist (3.5/5)
  • CPG Food was 0% allocation
  • Local (PA) company
  • We like their products!

Do you have any celebrate by buying stocks?

If you’re interested in learning more about my Scorecard, you can check it out (along with my other financial resources) at the link in my bio!
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Thanks for sharing your buys and closing the loop for those of us who asked what you were looking at, @scorebdinvestor! Refreshing to see this list of defensive, steady-eddy companies. I'm curious what about $NSC stood out to you if you had ranked RRs in general relatively weak?
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