Saturday, September 19, 2009

* Pocket Change Portfolio - August 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 August 2009, Year-To-Date (2009) and Life-To-Date. The Portfolio Returns line provides the calculated return for the three displayed periods.

Description August-2009 Year-To-Date Life-To-Date
Beg. Portfolio Value 8,449.83 3,395.62 -
Online Cash Receipts 1,089.83 5,789.61 9,337.95
Online Expenses - (30.00) (116.23)
Gross Profit 1,089.83 5,759.61 9,221.72
Dividends 13.58 101.9 127.06
Interest Income 1.13 8.38 14.53
Subtotal 1,104.54 5,869.89 9,363.31
Gain/(Loss) 54.71 343.57 245.77
Ending Portfolio Value 9,609.08 9,609.08 9,609.08
Portfolio Returns 0.70% 9.84% 8.74%
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 August Dividends include $4.78 from Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF (BLV) and $8.80 from Procter & Gamble Co. (PG). 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 continued to do well in the month of August generating positive returns. Online earnings in August surpassed the $1,000 mark for the first time. A large portion of the increase related to continued strong interest in D4L-Premium Services.

During the month of August, I purchased 28 shares of Genuine Parts Co. (GPC). This will provide me $44.80 in annual earnings at the current dividend rate. Including GPC, my annual PCP dividend income is now $360.46 at the current dividend rates. I ended the month with $1,042.42 in cash, enough to purchase my ninth PCP stock in September. It is my goal to have sufficient earnings to purchase a stock at least eight times a year. Through August I have purchased six stocks this year, including four in consecutive months since May 2009.

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

(Photo: sanja gjenero)