Dividend from Deere: February 2016


Deere, an American agricultural machine producer

My second dividend for the year has now dropped in to the broker account and even more interesting is that it is my first dividend payment from Deere. I stepped in as a shareholder a couple of days after the x date and for this reason I never got something during the autumn.

I have 30 shares in Deere and each paid out 0.60 USD. Those 18.00 USD that I got was converted into 16.52 €. From this I had to pay 2.48 € in taxes and as cash on my broker account I got 14.04 € that I can do as I please with. If everything remains as it is for the next couple of quarters then this gives me a YoC of around 3.1% which is fully acceptable however currency effects can be large.

To find out more about Deere then please visit analysis of Deere 2015 and the Stock Dividend page has now been updated if you want to follow my dividend progress.

Analysis of BP 2016


BP, a British oil giant


ISIN GB0007980591 | WKN 850517 

Business: A British oil giant. They are divided into two business units which are: Upstream (extracting gas and oil) and Downstream (fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals). They currently have five brands: BP(oil and gas), Aral (gas stations where I buy all my petrol), Castrol (lubricants), ampm (convenience stores) and Wild Bean Café (cafés). 

Active: 80 countries world wide employing around 84,000 people (they still claim this on their homepage)

P/E: -14.2 (P/E5: 7.9)

BP annual report 2015



The British oil giant BP arrived with their fourth quarter which also means that report for the full year 2015. The share price that was already pushed down took yet another nose dive down by around -8% or something around that figure.

Stocks of Interest: February 2016


Stocks, interest, February, 2016

The shopping period continues and there are many nice companies to pick up at a fair price. Luckily my private safety buffer is already in place and still I got 3k cash that I can do as I please with. I usually try to keep 1k as buffer on the broker account but when the market drops like this, or ideally even more, then I will not sit around and keep that buffer. Additionally my broker have still not increased the trading fee which means that I still find it ok to make only 1k investments.

Last month the two stocks I increased in was K+S and BP. As always the share price kept dropping after I made the investment. Some months that is harder to accept than other months. Right now it is hard. Sometimes my feelings are that come on! Give me a break! Let one of those darn turnarounds actually start to turn. They don't, they just keep slugging out more and more impairment costs. The value that I paid for the company, the value that I thought was there, is in some cases quickly deteriorating. Am I stuck in several value traps? A word that I do not really believe in. Future will tell. Enough with the whining!

Summary of January 2016


Summary, January, 2016

January was, stock market wise, an exciting month with a fairly deep general dip in share prices. Interestingly enough much less interesting things have happened with the companies and can be found in their reports in comparison to the reactions on the market.

Share prices goes up and down every day, week, month and year but very rarely does the value of the companies change at the same speed. Never forget this.

German inside trading: January 2016


Inside trading, Germany, January, 2016

Woow what I start of the year! Wonderful buy opportunities have appeared in more or less every part of the world. Great! I went to the site to check the activity of the managers and I was astonished over how little activity there had been. Maybe they also had an expensive Christmas / New Year party and decided to tighten the belt a little or due to the massive reporting season coming up with Q4, full year and Q1 many of them are maybe not even allowed to trade. Either way it was very low activity!

For the previous report please click on German inside trading: December 2015.

The few things happening can be summarized as:

The middle manager conundrum


Middle Manager, Hangman, Conundrum

Since around half a year or so I have been writing that I am looking for a, to put it nicely, new challenge in my life. To be more frank I am bored out of my mind and I need a new job to kick start my brain cells again.

I have by now been running my own company for over seven years and I have had between three to seven employees during these years. For a small company that makes you the CEO but for a large one that makes you a middle manager. Times have sometimes been tough with decreased employees and decreased salary but that is how things can be.

Due to my studies in Business Administration and the essay that we had to write in the end I have come to realise what a fatal mistake I have made in my career. The essay lifted my eyes over the plate but I had already before started to suspect that something was not correct.

Analysis of IBM 2016


IBM, an American IT service giant

Company: IBM

ISIN US4592001014 | WKN 851399

Business: An American IT service company. They are currently standing on five larger pillars and one tiny one: Global Technology Services (IT infrastructure and business process services), Global Business Services (Consulting and Application Management Services), Software (middle-ware and operating systems software), Service & Technology (business solutions requiring advanced computing power and storage capabilities), Global Financing (invests in financing assets, leverage with debt and manages the associated risks) and the final one is Other (it generates 206 million USD so pretty insignificant). 

Active: World wide making sales in over 170 countries.

P/E: 9.2