I’m Pat Rosenheim, a.k.a. the PandA Trader.
I only use MS Excel spreadsheets now to record dividends, withdrawal amounts, and cash balances. 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 cost basis reporting from the brokerages. The share prices should update close to real-time, however, with a possible slight delay (~20 minutes) from Google.
On my Google spreadsheets, you can find portfolio holdings, dividend amounts, dates (dividend pay dates, record dates, declaration dates, dividend amounts, ex-dividend dates, etc.). I have moved the cash and withdrawal amounts to the Google spreadsheets. Only the dividends spreadsheet is still in excel, but I post screenshots on the Dividends Received page.
I only post for my holdings, but they’re as accurate as I can make them. The symbols are; ARR-B, BBK, BDCL, BDJ, BFK, BGH, BKN, BTA, CEFL, CMU, CSQ, CXE, DFP, DHF, DHY, EAD, EVN, FFC, FHY, FIF, FLC, FMN, FPF, GOF, GUT, HIX, HPF, HPI, HPS, HYB, IQI, IVH, JPC, JPI, JPS, KIO, LDP, LEO, MAV, MFM, MHI, MORL, NAD, NHF, NMZ, NRO, NVG, NZF, OIA, ORC, PDT, PFD, PFO, PHK, PHT, PMF, PML, PMM, PMO, PMX, PSEC, PSF, RA, RFI, RNP, RQI, TICC, TLI, TPZ, & UTF. Quite a list, eh? (70 total issues held; 3 common stocks, 1 Preferred issue, 3 ETNs, and 63 CEFs, of which 23 are tax-free muni CEFs.) Most pay monthly!
This series of blog posts is issued `weekly, but since the majority of our holdings pay dividends near the end and/or beginning of the month it may not always warrant a publishing blitz. There are usually 4 posts in the series when posted. The sharebuilder update is issued weekly and the monthly withdrawal update is issued monthly. I think you should try to catch all 4, plus the sharebuilder update and/or the monthly withdrawal update if you’re so inclined. Occasionally I’ll throw something else up for ridicule or admiration like my post about “Profiting from Preferreds”, so feel free to be entertained! I put another post up titled “Rolling on the #dividend train” and kept that updated until mid-September of last year when the upward climb of prices slowed…
- I did fairly well with that “Rolling on the #dividend train” thing, and harvested over $3,500.00 in gains! (Sure has stopped now, though!) I may resume this tactic in the future if prices appreciate enough to warrant another “harvest” of gains.
- We’ve made $23.12 ST Capital Gains in our regular brokerage account, & $791.62 LT Capital Gains in our IRA accounts, for a total of $814.74 of harvested gains YTD.
- We’ve made $16,798.15 from preferred shares since March 14, 2016. We continue to earn $49.22 each month from our shares of ARRPRB through at least the first month or 2 of 2018 when ARRPRB shares might get called (the ARRPRA shares might get called in June of 2017!).
Of course, if something major happens I might be tempted to throw something up about that. Or not. Like the recession, depression, World War III, or whatever…
From now on I will make weekly sharebuilder investments (Usually every Tuesday) using 3 of 12 monthly ‘free’ trade credits, with additional trades under the AIP plan costing $1 each. But, I will not be investing equally. This investment amount will be skewed among the holdings based on their performance. It’s all shown on the cash tab on my Google spreadsheet (soon to be shown on the account tab!). Or, maybe I’ll do something different. Who knows? (I am doing something different, at least in the Roth accounts that are still transferring from Fidelity).
I have partially moved our Roth accounts from Fidelity to Capital One Investing (ShareBuilder), initiating the first part of the transfer around March 1st. The second and final partial transfer was initiated today for both Roth IRA accounts. Since that first transfer is now effective, I will begin making weekly sharebuilder investments (Usually every Tuesday) using 4 of 12 monthly ‘free’ trade credits, with additional trades under the SIP plan costing $1 each. I will initially be investing equally and will be based on adding 3 ETNs to the account (BDCL, CEFL, MORL). For the remainder of this month, I will also be investing in ORC. Next month, I will just be making 3 investments each week in the 3 ETNs (BDCL, CEFL, MORL). Later, after a sufficient amount has been invested in these 3 ETNs, another tactic may come forward, such as investing in more new additions to the portfolio, or maybe the poorest performers in each account in an effort to buy at a discount. It will all be shown on the individual Roth account tabs on my Google spreadsheet. Or, maybe I’ll do something different. Who knows?
Anyway, let’s continue with a look at the dates;
The most up-to-date method to view our holdings and expected dividends is to click here (will open in a new window).
Here’s a look at the dates spreadsheet, showing the ex-dividend and pay dates of each dividend (also shown on the calendar). 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 of the dividend. YMMV!
Look on the right side and you’ll see a chart (table) sorted by ex-dividend dates.
This is that table;
But, as always, “Don’t be hasty” as Treebeard would say. 😉
PLEASE TAKE NOTE AND REMEMBER THIS!
I’m not telling anyone to buy anything or giving anyone any advice, because that’s illegal. You see, I have no letters after my name, like RIA, CFA, etc. I SIMPLY DO NOT GIVE ADVICE. I only tell (and show!) what I do. You, like me, are all alone in this.
And remember, always do your own due diligence!