December, 2016: 9 14
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12/9/16-The following assets have been sold from our basic 25 holdings since the last entry: CAJ; HTGC; INFY; and LUK. These have been added: AAN; EIG; RAIL; and RS.

The resulting current basic 25 holdings are: AAN; AVT; BEN; BRK/B; BX; EIG; ETN; GBX; GLT; KSS; MLR; NVO; QCOM; RAIL; RBC; RDS/B; RICK; RS; SCHL; SLB; T; TOT; TRN; TSM; and UVE.

Since the prior entry, our liquid assets have gone up $46,639 or 3.98%, to $1,218,440. Our total equities' yield continues to average 2.0% or above. Total dividend income from equities remains on track to increase at least 13.5% a year.

As 2016's final days are being counted down, may our hopes be realized for a profitable Yuletide. May we remember as well to be generous to those less fortunate.

12/14/16-Though additional shares have been added of some of the higher yielding stocks previously noted, there have been no assets added to or deleted from our core 25 holdings since the last entry.

The current basic 25 stocks remain: AAN; AVT; BEN; BRK/B; BX; EIG; ETN; GBX; GLT; KSS; MLR; NVO; QCOM; RAIL; RBC; RDS/B; RICK; RS; SCHL; SLB; T; TOT; TRN; TSM; and UVE.

Following the last entry, our liquid assets have gone down $8818 or 0.72%, to $1,209,622.

The total portfolio equities' yield has now exceeded our 2016 year-end target of $25,888 (which reflects the intention each year to assure average increases in total equity yield of 13.5%, since this standard began a few years ago). Our actual total equity yield now stands at $27,641. The target for next year is $29,383, i.e. 13.5% above this year's target.

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