Each month I update the Pocket Change Portfolio (PCP). The table below reconciles the PCP from beginning of period to end of period for July 2009, Year-To-Date (2009) and Life-To-Date. The Portfolio Returns line provides the calculated return for the three displayed periods.
|Beg. Portfolio Value||7,169.98||3,395.62||–|
|Online Cash Receipts||913.73||4,699.78||8,248.12|
|Ending Portfolio Value||8,449.83||8,449.83||8,449.83|
Online Cash Receipts are the collected earnings from my online endeavors. Most of which is advertising on the my various blogs. The year-to-date $30.00 Online Expenses relates to registering 3 domains (DividendsValue.com, Dividends4Life.com and TheDiv-Net.com). I did not receive any Dividends in July. The Interest Income line is interest earned on cash balances in an ING account I set up for the PCP. The Gain/(Loss) line is for market changes to the PCP (realized and unrealized).
The portfolio did very well in the month of July, taking the Year-To-Date and Life-To-Date returns positive. Online earnings in July continued to improve as I added a new subscriber only Premium Services section.
During the month of July, I purchased 14 shares of Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF (BLV). This will provide me $56.00 in annual earnings at the current dividend rate. Including the BLV ETF, my annual PCP dividend income is now $315.10 at the current dividend rates. I ended the month with $954.61 in cash, so I will have to wait until September to purchase my eigth PCP stock. It is my goal to have sufficient earnings to purchase a stock at least eight times a year. Through July I have purchased five stocks this year.
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