For the most part, I have discontinued using the MS Excel spreadsheets except to record purchases and sales, as well as dividends. I am now using Google spreadsheets for my holdings. They are as up-to-date as I can manage, but will lag by a day or so due to delays in the reporting from the brokerages. The prices should update close to real-time, however, with a possible slight delay (~20 minutes) from Google.
Here I post the screenshots of dividend pay dates, record dates, declaration dates, dividend amounts, ex-dividend dates, record dates, and tax status as well as option activity.
I only post for my holdings, but they’re as accurate as I can make them. The symbols are; AI, ARI-A, ARR-B, BDJ, BGCP, BGH, CLNY-C, CMRE-D, CMU, CSI, CXE, DFP, DHF, DHY, DRAD, EAD, FFC, FHY, FLC, FPF, GSB, HHY, HIX, HPF, HPI, HPS, IVH, JPC, JPI, JPS, KIO, LDP, MAV, MFM, MHI, NMZ, PDT, PFD, PFO, PHT, PSF, RSO-B, TOO-B. Quite a list, eh? (43 total issues held; 4 common stocks, 6 Preferreds, and 33 CEFs.)
Also delayed are these series of blog posts, which used to be issued weekly. Since the majority of our holdings pay dividends near the end and/or beginning of the month it’s no longer warranted to issue so frequently. There are usually 4 posts in the series, plus the sharebuilder updates are issued twice a month. I think you should try to catch all 4, plus the sharebuilder update if you’re so inclined. Occasionally I’ll throw something else up for ridicule or admiration like my recent post about “Profiting from Preferreds“, so feel free to be entertained!
Of course, if something major happens I might be tempted to throw something up about that. Or not.
Anyway, let’s continue with a look at the dates and option activity;
The most up-to-date method to view our holdings and expected dividend amounts is to look under the “Real Results” tab on my blog, and select the Current Holdings item. Then, click the link for the Google docs spreadsheet.
Or, just click here (will open in a new window).
Here’s the sheet I use to track options (mostly covered calls, only updated when I sell or close a position;
Here’s a look at the dates spreadsheet, showing the ex-dividend and pay dates and as well as can best be determined the tax status of the dividend. I sometimes use info like this to time purchases or sales after a stock goes ex-dividend, due to the anticipated drop in stock price, or to make sure I own a stock before the ex-dividend date to ensure I am entitled to the dividend. I mainly use it to keep track of the dates and amounts, and the tax status of the dividend. YMMV!
And now, the same thing for all of the other CEFs;
But, as always, “Don’t be hasty” as Treebeard would say. 😉