My High Dividend Yield Retirement Portfolio Remains Strong During The Worst 10-Day Start To A Year In History

Includes: AGNC, EEQ, MO
by: Dividends#1


This is my actual Retirement Portfolio scaled down to a $1M portfolio, initially presented on 7/24/2014 here on Seeking Alpha to demonstrate its performance and how I actively manage it.

My projected dividend income has decreased from $74,569 to $70,977 because I sold ORC (14%+ profit) and used the proceeds to buy EEQ, AGNC and MO in about equal amounts.

I did a large Roth conversion on 1/4/2016. I also contributed to my Roth IRA and my wife's Roth IRA on 1/4/2016. I used the funds to buy MO.

Since my last update, MO paid their quarterly dividend and I reinvested it. AGNC paid their monthly dividend and I used the cash to buy more EEQ.

I am putting off taking distributions for as long as possible. However, there is a high probability that I will have to take some of the future dividends as distributions.


This article is an update of my public Retirement Portfolio. It is my actual Retirement Portfolio. It was initially presented on 7/24/2014. I scaled the portfolio down to $1M**. The initial portfolio consisted of 3 stocks. My most recent update can be found here.

My initial retirement portfolio published on 7/24/2014 is listed below, I used the closing prices on 7/22/2014:

American Capital Agency (NASDAQ:AGNC) = 40.3% = $403,000 = 17,230 shares, price = $23.39 the current annual dividend= $2.60= Income= $44,798

Altria Group (NYSE:MO) = 38.3% = $383,000 = 9,134 shares, price = $41.93 the current annual dividend= $1.92= Income= $17,537

Prospect Capital (NASDAQ:PSEC) = 21.4% = $214,000=19,705 shares, price = $10.86 the current annual dividend= $1.325 = Income=$26,109

Total value of the portfolio = $1M Total Income =$88,444 = a yield of 8.8%

What has happened since my last report of my Retirement Portfolio:

1) I sold (NYSE:ORC) at $9.59 per share for a 14%+ profit. ORC turned out to be a fantastic trade for me. I only held it for one week.

2) I used all the proceeds from the ORC trade to buy (NYSE:EEQ), (NASDAQ:AGNC) and (NYSE:MO) in about equal amounts.

3) MO paid their quarterly dividend on 1/11/2016 and I reinvested it back into MO.

4) AGNC paid their monthly dividend on 1/8/2016 and I used the cash to buy more.

5) I funded our Roth IRAs (my wife and I) on 1/4/2016. I contributed the maximum amount.

6) I did a large Roth conversion. I converted the MO shares from my SEP IRA to my ROTH IRA!!

My trades have been documented via Instablog, for anyone interested here is a link to my Instablog.

Currently our Roth IRAs comprise about 89% of the Retirement Portfolio and my SEP IRA comprises about 11% of the Retirement Portfolio. My goal is to have 100% of the Retirement Portfolio in Roth IRAs.

I did a larger Roth conversion than I planned on. I am considering doing even more this year. I am determined to reach my goal. I will continue to cut my expenses to pay the taxes. I will also take the dividends as distributions when needed and use them to pay the taxes and meet expenses.

My Portfolio as of 12/18/2015, with a yield of 6.5%

My current Portfolio as of 1/15/2016, with a yield of 6.2%

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* = EEQ pays a DIVIDEND based on EEP.

EEQ Distributions

Enbridge Energy Management (or EEQ) pays quarterly distributions in the form of additional shares. The distributions are comparable in value to the quarterly cash distributions paid by Enbridge Energy Partners (or EEP).

Specifically, the distribution of additional EEQ shares is determined by dividing the cash value of a distribution declared by Enbridge Energy Partners by the average closing price of EEQ shares for the 10 consecutive trading days prior to the ex-dividend date.

Distributions declared by the Board of Directors are distributed to shareholders of record 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter. The payment date is moved forward if the 45-day mark falls on a weekend or holiday.

I would like to thank very_thirsty_for_income for providing me with the above tables.


1) Since 7/24/2014* when I initially made my dividend Retirement Portfolio public, my projected dividend income has decreased from $88,444 to its current projected dividend income of $70,977 a decrease of 19.7%. The reason for my substantial decrease in projected dividend income is because I have reduced my AGNC position substantially and increased my MO position substantially. I have made many changes to this portfolio, however, the one constant is my MO position and its increased allocation. MO currently comprises 77.75% of my Retirement Portfolio. I have no plans of selling any shares.

2) MO is the foundation of my retirement portfolio, it is a very stable and reliable stock, it is my safety net. I am very concentrated in MO and I am willing to take the risk.

3) My current retirement portfolio consists of 3 stocks (MO, AGNC and EEQ), which have a projected annual yield of 6.2%.

4) The value of my Retirement Portfolio was $1,000,000 (scaled down) on 7/24/2014*, the date I made it public here at Seeking Alpha. The value at the close of trading on 1/15/2016 was $1,153,611.

5) The S&P 500 closed at 1,984 on 7/22/2014, it closed at 1,880 on 1/15/2016. My Retirement Portfolio has outperformed the S&P 500 substantially since I made my portfolio public almost 1 1/2 years ago.

6) My main focus is on the DIVIDEND INCOME.

7) Writing for Seeking Alpha has helped me immensely regarding my management of this portfolio. It keeps me accountable and honest.

* = 7/24/2014 is the date my Retirement Portfolio was published here at Seeking Alpha; 7/22/2014 is the date used for the closing prices of my Retirement Portfolio.

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Disclosure: I am/we are long MO, AGNC, EEQ.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Additional disclosure: This is my portfolio. I am not recommending anyone buy the stocks I own. Please do your own due diligence to decide which investments meet your individual goals and income needs. I take 100% responsibility for my decisions to buy or sell stocks and for managing my portfolio. I advocate all investors do the same with their investments and portfolio. " Each investor's BUY, SELL, or HOLD decision is based on one's risk tolerance, time horizon, and dividend income goals. My personal holdings may not fit each investor's current investing strategy."