Saturday, January 16, 2010

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

Description December-2009 Year-To-Date Life-To-Date
Beg. Portfolio Value 17,977.22 3,395.62 -
Online Cash Receipts 3,174.51 16,507.68 20,056.02
Online Expenses (117.40) (147.40) (233.63)
Gross Profit 3,057.11 16,360.28 19,822.39
Dividends 76.24 277.36 302.52
Interest Income - 11.49 17.64
Subtotal 3,133.35 16,649.13 20,142.55
Gain/(Loss) 300.79 1,366.61 1,268.81
Ending Portfolio Value 21,411.36 21,411.36 21,411.36
Portfolio Returns 1.79% 21.11% 17.04%
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 $147.40 Online Expenses relates to registering 3 domains (, and and paying my annual hosting fee. 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). December Dividends of $76.24 included:
  • $8.11 Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond (BIV)
  • $9.44 from Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF (BLV)
  • $8.82 Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
  • $16.80 BP plc (BP)
  • $8.71 Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)
  • $15.34 Consolidated Edison Inc. (ED)
  • $9.02 The Coca-Cola Company (KO)
The portfolio was up in December, for the year and since its inception. Online earnings in December once again surpassed the $3,000 mark. A large portion of the increase is related to the strong interest in D4L-Premium Services. The premium service has continued grow each month. Traffic on Dividend Value set a record in December, breaking the previous record set in October 2009.

During the month of December, I purchased the following securities:
  • 34 shares McDonald's Corp. (MCD) providing $74.80 in annual dividend earnings
  • 16 shares Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) providing $31.36 in annual dividend earnings
  • 40 shares PowerShares Emerging Markets Debt (PCY) providing $64.40 in annual dividend earnings
Including the above December purchases, my annual PCP dividend income is now $688.68 at the current dividend rates. I ended the month with $3,395.78 in cash, enough to purchase two or three stocks in January. Through December, I have purchased 13 stocks this year, including at least one in the last eight consecutive months. I continue to believe the current cash balance and recent earnings will support the purchase of at least one stock each month.

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

(Photo: sanja gjenero)

The Coca-Cola Company

Tags: [BIV] [BLV] [BP] [ED] [EMR] [JNJ] [KO] [MCD] [PCY]