Portfolio Update: August 2015

The numbers are in for August’s portfolio update.  My portfolio is my ticket to financial independence; the more money I can save and invest today, the faster I’ll get there.  I’m investing in high quality businesses that have long track records of increasing their dividend payouts each year.  This rising cash flow will one day cover all of my expenses, and I’ll be financially free.

August was the wildest month I’ve witnessed so far in my short time investing.  My watchlist lit up as businesses traded at their lowest prices in years and I added to several of my holdings, deploying $8,232 in fresh capital.  My contributions through the rest of the year will be more limited, but I’ll still be investing a bit.  So far I’ve invested $31,473.82 this year, and that officially completes my 2015 contributions goal.2015_AUGUST_PCAugust’s investments helped my portfolio see another monthly increase.  At the end of the month, the value stood at $71,712.79 or 4.67% more than last month’s $68,511.56.  That’s also a 148.49% increase over last year’s $28,859.80.2015_AUGUST_PVHMy overall portfolio finished the month in the red, and I thought it was pretty awesome.  It’s way easier to deploy capital when stocks you’re already invested in go on sale.  All I see are great long term businesses and more dividends for less money.  Here is a portfolio snapshot I grabbed at the end of the month:2015_AUGUST_PSHow was your August?  Did you invest in the correction?

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20 thoughts on “Portfolio Update: August 2015
  1. Zero to Zeros

    Wow dude, you’re absolutely KILLING it! Deploying $8200 in a single month…making me jealous over here, haha! Seriously though, that’s awesome that you’re doing so well financially and putting all those extra funds to good use. At this rate, you’ll be financially independent in just few years! 😀

    Keep it up my friend. As always your blog is a pleasure to read and a fantastic source of inspiration.

    Peace brah

     
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    1. My Dividend Growth

      Thanks for the comment, it’s nice to hear I provide some inspiration and you do to me too 🙂 Stick to the plan and you won’t need to make high income when you’re my age, I’m so excited for your future. You’ve been doing some amazing work over there. Always great to hear from you and take it easy my friend!

       
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    1. My Dividend Growth

      Haha, yeah I dipped into the savings account a tad bit at the end of the month. I’ll probably be contributing around 2K a month from here and then my job ends at the end of the year. Hopefully I can find something else to keep all this progress going. Best wishes my friend!

       
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  2. roadmap2retire

    Excellent progress, Ryan. Thats a phenomenal progress from a year ago. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing

    R2R

     
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    1. My Dividend Growth

      Thank you much, DD. Looks like you’ve got quite a bit of experience over there and a very healthy looking portfolio. I’m looking forward to following along. Appreciate you stopping by, cheers!

       
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  3. Dividend Mantra

    Ryan,

    What a month right there. You could contribute $0 for the rest of the year and still be way ahead of your goal. Of course, I know you’re going to keep pushing it, which means this year is going to be crazy for you. Really phenomenal.

    Keep up the great work, bud. You’ll be closer than you ever thought faster than you ever thought at this rate.

    Cheers!

     
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    1. My Dividend Growth

      I appreciate that very much, Jason!

      It was a new record for capital invested but I doubt I’ll come close to it again with the job ending at the end of the year. Hopefully I’ll land somewhere and can keep everything going strong. Meanwhile, I’m excited to see the portfolio start working for itself a bit more via dividend reinvestment. I’m way further ahead of where I imagined I’d be when first starting on this journey, but I’ve got so far to go and I’m looking forward to riding it out next to you my friend.

       
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    1. My Dividend Growth

      Thank you, Matt! I was in your shoes not too long ago, I remember starting with about $1,000 in my portfolio and I wasn’t able to add to it for half a year before things started taking off. Slow and steady wins the race and every little bit of savings helps, you can do it. Wishing you lots of success and I appreciate the comment 🙂

       
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  4. secondhandmillionaires

    Wow That graph looks like a stairway to success! Congrats on crushing your 2015 investment goals as well! I need to get my butt in gear! 8k in one month! That must have felt nice, I hope you got in at some good prices!

    All the best
    Andrew
    SHM

     
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    1. My Dividend Growth

      Haha, I like that stairway to success comment, it’s definitely getting there but still a long way to go. Thank you for the kind words, I’m very fortunate to be able to put that kind of capital away. It won’t be nearly as much going forward, but at least I got to scoop up some nice forward dividends. Appreciate you stopping by and happy investing!

       
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    1. My Dividend Growth

      It’s been a crazy run these past two years. It’ll be interesting to see how long I go without a job at the end of the year…hopefully I can line something up and keep my pedal on the gas. Thank you for the nice comment!

       
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  5. DivGuy

    A great diversified portfolio you got! I’m always so impressed by the amount of capital you can put in, but over $8k!?? Wow! Tell me your trick! 😛

    Congrats!

    Mike

     
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    1. My Dividend Growth

      I appreciate that a ton, Mike! The trick is being willing to dive in and take chances, which is exactly what you’re doing these days my friend. I sense lots of successes in your future and can’t wait till we both get to buy lots of stocks every month! Best days are ahead, keep it rolling. Hope all is well and thanks for the comment!

       
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  6. jerameylende

    I would have to say that you had an incredible month! I also took advantage of this correction but didn’t deploy nearly as much capital as you. I look forward to seeing the growth of your portfolio in the years to come.

     
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    1. My Dividend Growth

      Thanks for that. I was a bit early on several of the purchases, but I’m thinking I’ll be mighty happy in the long run. Glad you were on the same page in gobbling up some deals, every little bit helps. My income is going to be much more limited going forward too, so I feel your pain especially when there are so many sales out there. Appreciate the comment and I look forward to you checking in 🙂

       
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