3. 2. 1. Liftoff

So I actually had this post written and ready to be sent on Saturday, but then Jetpack crashed and I lost the post because I didn’t save it and it was just a mess. But we are back up and running now so moving forward, February should be an awesome month for me. This blog was started in late November, did not have much success with it in November or December. Its the tail end of January and as I write this I’ve had 125 views and 75+ visitors! My Instagram account @bsquared.website was started in early January and has been picking up momentum. I’ve been experimenting with Facebook and Instagram ads and I think I just found winner!

In summation, January has been all about laying the foundation for what is to come. I’ve been pushing myself really hard in terms of school work, fraternity obligations, and all my side endeavors including this blog. I believe February will be the month to capitalize on the work that has been put in during January.

Only time will tell though, expect a lot more to come including book reviews, portfolio overviews, dividend updates, stock market moves I’m making, and a Lyft and/or drop shipping guide.

Till next time,

B^2

2018 Goals

So as December ends and 2018 is fast approaching I’ve been thinking what I want to accomplish this upcoming year. I’m not talking about New Years resolutions or anything, I’m looking at this year as a incredibly critical moment in my life. The actions I take in 2018 could have a significant impact on my life, and could either push me to the next level however you would like to define it, or I could come up short. As I mentioned before in my “Change of Plans” post, I did not get offered the co-op or internship that I thought I had a very good shot at. The co-op would’ve gave me another huge influx of capital and could’ve been a critical asset in my financial life. The missed internship opportunity would have most likely secured a career path once I graduated. So, without either of those I am approaching 2018 in no man’s land. This would be the first time in 2 years that I am going into the new year without a summer job prospect or offer. I did end the Fall 2017 semester very strong, so I have that going for me as well as some good stock positions and prospects going into 2018, but back to the goals. I recently started reading Grant Cardone’s The 10x Rule  which has driven me to set more ambitious goals and to put in more time and effort to achieve those results.

$2500 in my aspiration emergency fund (this would give me the 1.00% APY interest rate)

$20,000 In my Robinhood portfolio (originally shooting for $10,000, hoping some options trading will give me the edge I need to achieve this goal)

$10,000 in stash app (originally $5,000)

$10,000 in Lending club (originally $5,000, would be incredibly useful in the stretch investing method)

Collect over $1,000 in dividends and stock interest (this years projected amount was ~$250, original goal was $500)

Have 5, $1,000+/year income streams by the end of 2018 (Anticipate being Dividends/interest, Lending Club interest, Internship, Drop Shipping, Blog)

150 blog posts by the end of 2018

All these goals are related to the blog and my financial life, I also have goals, relating to my academic life, extracurricular involvement, and fitness. I won’t get into details on these to keep this post short.

So tell me some of your goals and ambitions this year, I look forward to reading your comments.

Dividend update 12-27-17

As you all know I am heavily invested in the stock market, $8,000 in my Robinhood account to be exact and I showed you all my portfolio not too long ago. You may have noticed some unfamiliar tickers and some dividend stocks I own. Well today I am going to give an overview of my dividend stocks, why I hold them, and how they play into my strategy.

Like I’ve mentioned before, I am a college student with little to no income from August to May. I also stretch invested my summer earnings with little to know savings left so I can not add more money to my stock account whenever I feel like it. That’s where my dividends come in.

Ticker cost avg percent yield dividend/share share # year equivalent
O $57.20 4.46% $2.55 17 $43.35
OHI $27.12 9.59% $2.60 15 $39.00
F $11.14 5.39% $0.60 45 $27.00
STAG $26.71 5.28% $1.41 10 $14.10
BAC $23.95 2.00% $0.48 25 $12.00
T $33.64 5.95% $2.00 5 $10.00
DE $126.27 1.90% $2.40 1 $2.40

Above is an overview of my current dividend stocks. It yields approximately $148 a year (1.85% overall in portfolio). This does not include the interest payments I receive from Robinhood which have been around $6 a month for the last 3 months. In total, my dividend and interest income from all apps and platforms is approximately $20+ a month. Now because I can’t put any new money in I have to play with what I got to be ready for opportunities as they arise. So how do I do that?

It happens about like this, I own a stock that is down huge right now (BPMX) approximately -66% right now and it trades at $.11 a share. It is very volatile and the whole time I’ve owned it, it general would swing in a 10-15% range. I would buy shares on the low end and sell at a 10% gain regularly. Using the dividends that I would receive to do that. I would continue to compound my small gains over and over and purchase either CHK which also is volatile and swings in a range to short trade, or buy more dividend stocks. O and STAG are both monthly dividend stocks with yields near 5% which allowed me to keep my short trades fluent. I would also sell bits and pieces of positions I’ve made good returns on (DE, BAC, F, MTR, VOC etc.) to fund the purchase of more dividend stocks, or other long-term positions.

While this may not be the most standard approach it has allowed me to compound small gains rapidly. It also keeps things moving and interesting as I am young and like to have fun with the stock market. I currently have on the table a buy order for 15 shares of CEFL a leveraged high dividend paying stock that I would expect to capitalize even more short-term gains on, as well as other long-term positions I am looking at.

This next year should be very interesting with my current portfolio and the stocks I am looking to sell and purchase here shortly, I will update this as I see relevant to my portfolio situation.