Archive for January, 2019

Posted by Martin January 28, 2019

Adding STX shares to our portfolio

We have a strategy to use 50% of options trading proceeds to purchase dividend stocks. In this market many of the stocks in our watch list are a “buy”, so it is difficult to pick one (I wish we had more cash to accumulate them all). Originally, I wanted to add AAPL but we were Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 27, 2019

December 2018 and end of year trading and investing results

S&P 500  2,506.85 -253.32(-9.18)  Dow 30  23,327.46 -2,211(-8.66%)  Nasdaq  6,635.28 -695.26(-9.48%)   December 2018 passed and it is time to once again provide a report on our trading and investing. The month turned to be the worst month ever. Historically, December was a good month with modest gains but this year, the markets lost almost Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 15, 2019

Realty Income (O) Announces 3% Dividend Increase

Realty Income Corporation (NYSE: O), The Monthly Dividend Company┬«, today announced its Board of Directors has declared an increase in the company’s common stock monthly cash dividend to $0.2255 per share from $0.2210 per share. The dividend is payable on February 15, 2019 to shareholders of record as of February 1, 2019. This is the Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 11, 2019

Boeing raises dividends by 20.18%

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has an impressive dividend growth rate of 27.50% (5 year annual average). And in January 2019 it increased the dividend by 20.18% from $6.84 annual dividend (1.710 quarterly rate) to $8.22 (2.055 quarterly) dividend rate payable in March 1st, 2019. Boeing is a dividend challenger with 8 years of consecutive dividend increases Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 10, 2019

Abbott Labs raises dividends by 14.29%

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) raised their dividend by 14.29% to $0.320 a share with ex-date on January 14th, 2019 and pay date on February 15th, 2019 from previous $0.280 a share dividend rate. This makes ABT a dividend challenger with a track record of 7 consecutive years of dividend increases. However, in our watch list, Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 10, 2019

Johnson & Johnson boosts prices on top-selling drugs

Joining a number of other drugmakers this month, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) raised prices on about two dozen prescription drugs today, including top sellers Stelara (for psoriasis), Zytiga (for prostate cancer) and blood thinner Xarelto. Most increases were in the 6-7% range, Reuters notes. The company says average list price increase on its drugs will Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 02, 2019

Hedging credit spreads

Recently, well, in 2018, I started using hedges for my credit spreads. I wasn’t using hedging much in the past because I wasn’t sure how to use them properly and how to manage them. So I avoided them. Thus 2018 year was somewhat revolutionary to my trading as I learned using them. So the old Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 01, 2019

33% draw down in 2018

  2018 year turned out to be volatile and as I expected all our accounts saw a quite large draw down. But I am not grumpy about it nor regret anything I have done and the way I traded, except on my TD account. I now regret closing bad trades in January 2018 and collecting Continue reading →