Purchases | January 2018

Happy New Year!

Today I made my first purchase of the year. Twenty-three shares of Emera (EMA.TO) in my TFSA. The annual dividend is $2.26 per share, with a yield of 4.79%. This will hopefully increase my annual dividends by $51.98. The commission was just over $5 keeping my fee goal well below 2%, and my total monthly purchase was above $1000. So far, this year is off to a good start.

For the most part, I am comfortable with energy stocks. I was also eyeing TransAlta Renewables and Inter Pipelines. TransAlta Renewables have increased their dividend 5 years in a row, however, I need to do more research into them and their parent company.

If I come into more cash this month, I will probably beef up my BCE shares. Next month, I will take a closer look at some of the financial companies.

Is Emera apart of your portfolio? What stocks are you looking to purchase this coming year?

Heather

Current Holdings | November & December 2017

Here is a resumé of my current holdings and year-to-date dividends for November 2017. I have yet to receive my Questrade statement for the month of December. Once received, I will update the annual dividends. However, my non-registered Enbridge shares are up to date as of December 1st, 2017.

Registered Accounts
TFSA (Questrade)

BCE – 7 shares
Fortis – 2 shares
Laurentian Bank – 5 shares

Year-to-date investment income: $8.92

Non-Registered
AST Trust Company (formerly CST, and before that… CIBC New York Mellon something or other)

Enbridge – 196.778 shares

Year-to-date investment income: $460.89

2017 Total Dividend Income: $469.81
2018 Annual Dividend Goal: $750 (-$280.19)

**I also have a few holdings in Canadian ShareOwner, however those will not be included in my dividend goal. As well, my husband and children’s DRIPS will not be included.**

Why I am starting this blog

Why am I starting this blog?

There are many reasons. First and foremost, I am starting this blog to track my investment purchases in 2018. As well, this blog is in honour of my father who recently passed. He is the reason I got started in dividend investing in 2007. Just days before he passed away, he still spoke of the benefits of dividend investing to those visiting him by his hospital bed, even though he was no longer able to check the markets. Over the years we would meet for coffee and chat about his most recent purchases, stock splits and dividend increases. When I was not nearby, I would send a photo of my husband and I enjoying a coffee in celebration of the most recent dividend increase. My hope is that I can share with you the same joy my father and I had when it comes to dividend reinvesting.
In my next post, I will lay out my 2018 investment goals and possible purchases. I will also take inventory of my current investments.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
Heather