Saturday, May 16, 2009

* Pocket Change Portfolio - April 2009

Each month I update the Pocket Change Portfolio (PCP). The table below reconciles the PCP from beginning of period to end of period for April 2009, Year-To-Date (2009) and Life-To-Date. The Portfolio Returns line provides the calculated return for the three displayed periods.

Description March-2009 Year-To-Date Life-To-Date
Beg. Portfolio Value 4,852.52 3,395.62 -
Online Cash Receipts 582.25 2,197.15 5,745.49
Online Expenses (20.00) (30.00) (124.40)
Gross Profit 562.25 2,167.15 5,621.09
Dividends 24.36 41.16 66.32
Interest Income 1.11 4.83 10.98
Subtotal 587.72 2,213.14 5,698.39
Gain/(Loss) (53.54) (222.06) (311.69)
Ending Portfolio Value 5,386.70 5,386.70 5,386.70
Portfolio Returns (0.52%) (7.00%) (16.20%)
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 (, and The $24.36 on the Dividends line is a KO dividend of $9.02 and an ED dividend of $15.34 recorded in April. 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).

Online earnings in April continue to recover from moving my primary site to a new domain in February. I expect online earnings to slowly build for a period of time as Dividends Value establishes itself. In addition, the general economic situation is continues to play a part in the earnings decline.

There were no purchases during the month of April. I ended the month with $1,516.22 in cash. This will allow me to purchase my fifth PCP stock during the month of May. It is my goal to have sufficient earnings to purchase at least one stock every quarter.

The PCP is generating $188.62 in annual income with a Yield On Cost of 4.47%. This is up from $185.46 in March due to dividend increases from KO and ED.

My PCP holdings are always available by selecting the Holdings option from the menu in the header. The next PCP update will be mid-June.