Dividends: I received a total of $172.69 in dividends from the following stocks:
- ABBV: $18.00
- ABT: $6.30
- GIS: $23.10
- HRL: $17.00
- KMI: $14.80
- PG: $28.10
- T: $24.75
- VOD: $40.64
Dividend Increases: I was pleased to see dividend increases announced for three stocks (click on each stock to see my post about the increase):
Savings: This month I saved $1,605 (55.2%) of my net job income, which is a nice improvement over last month. My savings increased due to lower discretionary spending and no annual expenses.
Transactions: I bought two stocks during the month (click on each transaction to see my post about it):
Portfolio: My portfolio (taxable account and Roth IRA together) currently consists of 27 stocks and has a market value of $78,200.48 (including cash), which is a 9.9% increase over last month's value. It was a solid month for both dividends and capital gains, although the bulk of the increase reflects a contribution of $5,000 in new capital to my Roth IRA. Note that on my Portfolio page I now distinguish between stocks and cash held in my taxable account and Roth IRA.
Seeking Alpha: This month I did not publish any new articles on the investing website Seeking Alpha. However, I received $14.24 from page views of my previous articles, increasing my Q1 total to $190.49.
Looking Ahead: March will be another great month for dividends, exceeding the $200 mark. It will be a light month for dividend increases, with an announcement expected only from GD. My savings rate should be around the same level as in February. If that turns out to be the case, then my March savings will fully replenish the money I borrowed from my cash reserve to make the maximum contribution to my Roth IRA for 2012. Note that I still have enough cash remaining from that contribution to make two more purchases. I am hoping that the sequester rattles the market and creates some good buying opportunities.