Dividends: I received a total of $134.48 in dividends from the following stocks:
- ADM: $10.50
- BDX: $11.25
- CVX: $18.00
- JNJ: $21.35
- MCD: $35.00
- NSC: $25.00
- UTX: $13.38
Dividend Increases: I was pleased to see dividend increases announced for two of my stocks (click on each stock to see my post about the increase):
Savings: This month I saved $1,668 (56.1%) of my net income, which results in year-to-date savings of $12,648. I achieved my goal of $12,000 in savings for 2012! When I set the goal at the start of the year, I did not have a reliable estimate of how much I could save each month. It feels great to know that I was able to save more than I anticipated. I am curious to see how much my total savings will be at the end of the year.
Transactions: I bought two stocks this month (click on the transactions to see my posts about them):
Portfolio: My portfolio currently consists of 23 stocks and has a market value of $60,437.16 (including cash), which is a 2.4% increase over last month's value. About 72% of the increase came from new capital and the rest was due to capital gains and dividends.
Seeking Alpha: I published one new article on the investing website Seeking Alpha (click on the title to go to the article):
Looking Ahead: October will be a decent month for dividends, only slightly less than what I received in September. My savings rate should be good. My two recent purchases used up a modest amount of cash, but once I add the new capital from my September savings, I will have enough cash to make two purchases. A lot of earnings will be reported in the second half of October, so I am tempted to wait and see which stocks dip on "disappointing" earnings. However, if a good opportunity comes up between now and then, I might take advantage of it.