Saturday, June 20, 2009

* Pocket Change Portfolio - May 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 May 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 5,386.70 3,395.62 -
Online Cash Receipts 712.81 2,909.96 6,458.30
Online Expenses - (30.00) (124.40)
Gross Profit 712.81 2,879.96 6,333.90
Dividends - 41.16 66.32
Interest Income 0.78 5.61 11.76
Subtotal 713.59 2,926.73 6,411.98
Gain/(Loss) 198.58 (23.48) (113.11)
Ending Portfolio Value 6,298.87 6,298.87 6,298.87
Portfolio Returns 3.27% 2.06% (1.12%)
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 I received no Dividends in May. 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 May 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.

During the month of May, I purchased 20 shares of Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) stock that will provide me $35.20 in annual earnings at the current dividend rate. Including the PG stock, my annual PCP dividend income is now $223.82 at the current dividend rates. I ended the month with $1,172.31 in cash, which will enable me to purchase my sixth PCP stock in June. It is my goal to have sufficient earnings to purchase a stock at least once each quarter.

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