January 2018 Portfolio Review

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Dividend FIREman’s grand experiment in creating passive income through his various Cash FIREhoses is now underway – almost two months under my belt so far. Let’s take a look at my five (5) Cash Firehoses as of January 31, 2018, to see how we are doing so far from an income standpoint. The total equity value of all investments on January 31, 2018 was $1,446,853. The total income from the portfolio in January 2018 was $1,697.94. Here is how the January 2018 income breaks down: CASH FIREHOSE                              VALUE           JANUARY 2018 INCOME   Hard Money Real Estate Loans     $114,928      $570.64   Dividend Account                            $371,613       $586.64   Mutual Fund Account                     $738,494       $366.17   High Yield Savings Account          $130,818       $138.09   Rental Homes                                  $91,000      …
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Cell Tower Companies – REITS without the Retail Risk

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An oft-overlooked opportunity in the telecommunications and REIT sectors is cell tower companies. Every phone call you make, every text message you send, every action you take on a phone app, every internet search you undertake – did you ever stop to think how the information you send (along with the information sent by the other 225 million people in the US with cell phones) is transmitted to the recipient? A very large chunk of this information is relayed through cell phone towers owned by one of the three largest cell tower companies in the US – SBA Communications Corp (SBAC), Crown Castle International (CCI), and American Tower Corp (AMT).   These companies enjoy a virtual monopoly in this space - together they control almost 80 percent percent of the…
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