I picked a good year to start investing

I was paid three dividends from three very different companies Monday. One is heavy into retail, one is in the energy sector and the other is probably the most famous fast food chain of all time.

The companies do share some similarities, though. For starters, and maybe finishers, they’ve all done pretty well for me since the beginning of the year.

More on that in a minute. First, the dividends …

Monday’s Dividends

VF Corp: For the third consecutive quarter, VFC paid me $1.26 for the three shares I own ($0.42/share).

McDonald’s: For the third straight quarter, MCD paid me $0.94 for the one share I own.

Duke Energy: DUK paid me $0.89 for the one share I own – a $0.03 raise from last quarter.

Now, to tie this post together.

I teased the idea all three companies have been steady performers for me. How steady? Well, my three shares of VFC are up a combined $30.23 since purchase (19.35%). I bought two shares back in February and another in March. My share of MCD, which I bought for $120.57 in December of 2016, is up 29.84% and my share of DUK, another December 2016 purchase, is up 13.24%.

Not bad right?

Nope, not bad at all … especially considering I didn’t have to do anything except buy the stocks and hold onto them for awhile.

I’d like to say I knew it was coming or I utilized some sort of savvy investor trick to get the gains, but I didn’t. I didn’t do much of anything.

I invested. That’s it … and that’s kind of the point I’m trying to make.

People want you to believe investing is hard … and it is-ish. It takes time to learn what all the numbers mean, it takes time to come up with a strategy that works for you and it takes time to put the wheels into motion. Even after you do that, there’s always something else to learn.

Investing takes patience, too, and an ability to shrug off the setbacks … not that I know anything about that. I’ve been hearing about a 5-10% correction since I started. I’m still waiting, but when/if it comes, I’ll just continue doing exactly what I’m doing: buying stocks and earning and reinvesting dividends.

Investing isn’t easy, but it most certainly can be simplified. Said in another way, it’s only as complicated as you make it. I’ve clearly picked a pretty good time to start investing, which makes it easier, but I certainly don’t plan on abandoning ship once these stocks start coming back down to earth.

March on!

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