June – A Month Of Increasing Growth Numbers

The first six months of 2019 are already behind us. This gives me a nice opportunity to stand still for a moment and consider the progress made so far in 2019. Some things come to my mind:

1. A broader diversification in business sectors / industries as I put more money in the healthcare sector: Abbvie (ABBV) and CVS Caremark (CVS). In 2019, I would love to add Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to these two names.

2. Averaging down on several existing positions thereby increasing my yield on cost and lowering my average buy price for 3M (MMM), Abbvie (ABBV), Altria (MO), CVS Caremark (CVS) and Philip Morris (PM).

Not bad, it seems. I still have some work to do to balance my portfolio. Fortunately, opportunities will continue to come by in and beyond 2019. Think of market uncertainties regarding a trade deal between USA and China, a looming Brexit in October and continued talks about the chances of an economic recession in 2020. These uncertainties will lead to enough opportunities to buy wonderful stocks at low or reasonable valuations. But for now, let’s see how June turned out to be.

Income Numbers

The amount of dividend income for month 2019/06 was $153.28. In this month I got raises in dividend income from Realty Income (O), PepsiCo (PEP), Southern Company (SO) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) as compared to the dividend payment three months ago.

O paid me a penny more than three months ago; slowly,  but surely. The payment by PEP was a small, but nice 3% higher in comparison with March. SO rewarded me with a 3.3% quarterly dividend hike. This month also included a higher dividend payment by XOM, a nice 6.1% increase.

My dividend income of $153.28 for this month was generated by:

Bank of America (BAC) – $5.85

BlackRock (BLK) – $13.20

Cummins (CMI) – $11.40

Emerson Electric (EMR) – $4.90

3M (MMM) – $15.84

Norfolk Southern (NSC) – $5.16

Realty Income (O) – $3.84

PepsiCo (PEP) – $8.60

Southern Company (SO) – $21.70

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) – $7.92

Union Pacific (UNP) – $5.28

Exxon Mobil (XOM) – $49.59

Breakdown of Dividend Income

My passive income for the month of March 2019 was $141.68. That means an increase of 8% QoQ; not that great, but at least my income for my lagging third month of a quarter is rising. The progress YoY is more meaningful; my dividend income for June last year was $127.27. So that’s an increase of 20% YoY. I love double digits! This comes down to the next graph:

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Buys In June

During this month I bought me two chunks of Abbvie (ABBV): 8 stocks for a price of $75.90 and 16 shares for the trading price of $67.25. I also initiated a position in a new REIT: Iron Mountain (IRM). This one has been on my radar for a while. I finally bought 18 stocks for $31.40. In total these three buys added $146.64 to my dividend income on a yearly basis.

Dividend Income YTD 2019

Including this month I collected a nice $1,332.20 YTD. My total dividend income in 2018 was $1,793.09. It looks like I’m going to hit a FY dividend income of $3,000. Sweet!

Come What May… A 90% Increase & A Record High 🥂

The month of May. Well, it wasn’t exactly the month of Theresa May. To say the least… But May was certainly a good month for me. Last month I wrote that a monthly dividend income higher than $200 seemed to be the new normal. In fact, I hope to touch the amount of $300 any time soon. That would be a huge milestone for me; just steamrolling forward 💪

Income numbers

For this month my total amount of dividend income was $291.38. As I wrote a record high and the fourth month in 2019 above the $200 threshold. Crossing the $300 barrier is well within reach, hopefully in August. I already notice the snowball effect taking place; every month I have more money to invest, because of the increasing number of stocks and higher dividend amounts per share.

Three companies paid me more than last quarter as a consequence of a raise. Apple (AAPL) increased its quarterly dividend from $0.73/share to $0.77/share, representing a 5.5% annual dividend increase. May included the first payment of $0.77/share. Good ol’ Realty Income (O) paid me $3.84, just a penny more than in February. Tanger Factory Outlets (SKT) paid me $0.355/share, which comes down to a 1.4% increase from prior dividend of $0.35. Delta Airlines (DAL) switched their month of pay date so that’s a bit of a cheat. They paid me $8.05 for this quarter.

The only business paying me more than a quarter ago because of a bigger position was CVS Caremark (CVS) which paid $17.00 (instead of $6.00). Here’s the breakdown:

Apple (AAPL) – $16.94

Abbvie (ABBV) – $18.19

CVS Caremark (CVS) – $17.00

Delta Airlines (DAL) – $8.05

Realty Income (O) – $3.84

Omega Healthcare (OHI) – $66.00

Starbucks (SBUX) – $16.92

Tanger Factory Outlets (SKT) – $51.83

AT&T (T) – $85.68

Texas Instruments (TXN) – $6.93

This makes the total amount of dividend income for this month a nice $291.38. My dividend income in February 2019 was $270.71 so that’s a small increase of 8% QoQ. My passive income for May 2018 was $153.68 so that’s an increase of 90% YoY. This means another high double-digit growth number, I love it! Here is the graph that shows all monthly dividends YTD as compared to last year:

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Transactions during May

I bought 22 stocks of 3M (MMM) in only two weeks. I like this company very much; they have a streak of 61 years increasing their dividends. Including this transaction I now own 26 stocks for an average price of $172.44. My first stocks were bought at a price slightly above $192. I added to my small position in four different chunks:

9F141247-4E21-4C3A-8D08-892667F1DFA4Looking Forward

This is my fourth month with a dividend income above $200. And I’m already on my way to realize the target of getting my first dividend income of $300+ in 2019.

My stake in the tobacco industry has come under pressure again after Nielsen tracking data indicated that cigarette industry volume fell 11.2% in the 4-week period ending on May 18 to mark a deceleration from the -9.5% 12-week pace, according to Wells Fargo. Not a good sign, but I’m sure MO and PM will prosper eventually. MO looks very attractive again at these price levels.

I earned $1,178.93 in dividend income YTD. That’s a big number, imho. I collected this income number three months earlier than in 2018.

Please let me know which stocks you bought. Did you buy 3M (MMM)? Was May a good month in terms of dividend income numbers?

Thanks for reading.

The Snowball Keeps Rolling – April 2019 Dividend Growth of 92% YoY $$$

63C38821-0343-4305-A892-C5A2455C4134We’ve closed the first quarter of 2019. I’ve managed to update my blog the last weeks so I’m happy to write about the income numbers for April. The first quarter was very encouraging as growth rates went through the roof. I’m very curious for my progress in dividend numbers YoY and QoQ in April. The first month of each quarter has always been a strong month for me in terms of absolute numbers, but also percentage-wise. I’m very excited about several new positions so let’s find out whether these new stakes contributed to my dividend income in April.

The Numbers

My dividend income for 2019/04 was $258.53. In this month I got several raises as compared to the dividend payment three months ago. This month included another small dividend increase from Realty Income (O). April included my first dividend income from my new position in JP Morgan (JPM), $4.80 to be exactly. Also Leggett & Platt (LEG) contributed a very welcome $7.98. I bought “alotta” shares of Altria (MO) and Philip Morris (PM) during the end of 2018 which resulted in a dividend of $69.60 and $30.78 respectively. This sums up to:

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) – $29.07

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) – $6.00

JP Morgan (JPM) – $4.80

Kimco Realty (KIM) – $70.00

Leggett & Platt (LEG) – $7.98

Altria (MO) – $69.60

Realty Income (O) – $3.84

Philip Morris (PM) – $30.78

Ventas (VTR) – $36.46

This makes the total amount of dividend income for this month a nice $258.53. My dividend income for January 2019 was $216.63 so that’s an increase of a nice 19% QoQ. My passive income for the month of April in 2018 was $134.50 so that’s an increase of 92% YoY. That’s quite a growth rate! Here is the graph YTD:

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Transactions during April

I bought 12 stocks of Abbvie (ABBV) for a price of $78.94. I like this stock for a market price below $80. Including this transaction I now own 29 stocks for an average price of $83.37. My first stocks were bought at a price around $92. That’s a nice 10% decrease by averaging down. I also bought my first 4 stocks of 3M (MMM) for a price of $192.14 after the big drop in price following its earnings report. At this price I still bought it at a P/E of 20 which is on the high side. Hopefully the price keeps swinging up and down the coming months so I can add to this position at an even more attractive valuation number.

Looking Forward

Another month above the $200 is in the books. I love this new normal. The focus on diversification seems to pay off. I’m less dependent of a small number of companies, especially REIT’s and the average dividend growth rate is increasing step by step.

CVS Caremark (CVS) was up 5% after their earnings report this week. The company is doing fine and the integration of Aetna seems to go smoothly. I increased my position in this company like many other members of the dividend investing community. Keeping a long-term focus is so important.

My stake in the tobacco industry has risen nicely with my buys in December and January. The FDA recently authorized the sale of the IQOS heated tobacco system in the U.S. market so that’s very beneficial for Altria (MO).

Please let me know which stocks you bought and whether April was a good month in terms of dividend income numbers. Thanks for reading.

Happy investing!

March 2019 – A Growing Dividend Income, Again 👊

This post is already about the last month of the first quarter of 2019. January and February are in the books, both with a dividend income above the $200 and double-digit growth numbers. Each month the numbers are getting bigger and bigger. This is great and it really feels like I’m getting closer and closer to my goal of financial independence. Let’s find out if the last month of this quarter was also a month of a record high number!

Income Numbers

The amount of dividend income for month 2019/03 was $141.68. In this month I got three raises in dividend income from BlackRock (BLK), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Union Pacific (UNP) as compared to the dividend payment three months ago. This was the second raise in one year for all three companies. What a fantastic businesses!

BlackRock (BLK) continued its streak of rising dividend payouts and rewarded its investors with a 5.4% quarterly dividend hike. The low payout ratio of 35% indicates that the current dividend is well-covered by the company’s earnings. BlackRock’s current dividend payout ratio is also lower than the company’s 40% average ratio over the past five years. Very nice! Norfolk Southern (NSC) announced in January that its board of directors approved an 8% increase in its quarterly dividend, from 80 to 86 cents per share. Their payout ratio sits around a low 34%. Union Pacific increased their dividend from $0.80 to $0.88 a share, a nice 10% increase. This comes down to a very conservative payout ratio of 40%. Union Pacific (UNP) recorded their ninth consecutive year of dividend increases.

This month also included a higher dividend payment by BlackRrock (BLK) and Exxon Mobil (XOM), because of my bigger stake in these companies. I really like to increase my positions in these companies. My dividend income for the month of March was generated by:

Bank of America (BAC) – $5.85

BlackRock (BLK) – $13.20

Cummins (CMI) – $11.40

Emerson Electric (EMR) – $4.90

Norfolk Southern (NSC) – $5.16

Realty Income (O) – $3.83

PepsiCo – $8.35

Southern Company (SO) – $21.00

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) – $7.92

Union Pacific (UNP) – $5.28

Exxon Mobil (XOM) – $46.74

Breakdown of Dividend Income YoY

My passive income in the month of March last year was $130.14 so that’s an increase of 9% YoY. That’s on the low side for me. Especially after the YoY growth numbers of January and February. The progress QoQ was a bit lower, just 7%. The dividend income for March 2019 leads to the next graph:

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Buys In March

During this month I added 10 stocks to my position in CVS Caremark (CVS) for a price of  $55.39. This additional buy brought down my average buy price. It’s now slightly above $61 and the yield on cost from this position has gone up to 3.27%.

I also initiated a position in JP Morgan Chase (JPM). This one has been on my radar since 2016. It was trading in the $55 – 60 range back then, but I wanted it get down to the low $50’s. Well, now I finally bought 6 stocks for $103.81. ☺️ I stepped in at a dividend yield of 2.80%. When it gets below the $100, I’m on it. I want this to be a meaningful position.

Dividend Income YTD 2019

Including the month of March I collected a nice $629.02 YTD. My total dividend income in 2018 was $1,793.09. It sure looks like I’m going to crush this number. What a feeling 👍

$$$ BOOM! A 87% YoY Growth in Dividend Income for 2019/02 $$$

After the big bang of a 186% increase YoY in January, I’ll follow up with writing about my dividend income in February. Throughout 2018 my dividend income grew with almost 120%. To come near such an increase rate in 2019 I have to score big numbers of growth. But in the last quarter of 2018 I bought several companies with a lower dividend yield, but a higher dividend growth rate. Ultimately, this will pay off. Without further ado, the numbers for the month of January.

Income numbers

The total amount of dividend income in the month of February was $270.71. This is my second monthly dividend income above the $200 threshold after, obviously, January. I like to see my income passing all kind of psychological numbers like $100, $200, $250, etc. It’s very encouraging, because, as I wrote in an earlier post, these numbers look past the horizon when you just start with dividend growth investing.

Two companies paid me more than last quarter as as consequence of a raise. Good ol’ Realty Income (O) with an increase of $0.005. And Abbvie (ABBV) paid shareholders a dividend which increased from $0.96 to $1.07 per share. This represents a 11.46% increase.

The businesses paying me more than a quarter ago because of a bigger position were CVS Caremark (CVS) which paid $6.00 (instead of $2.00), Tanger Factory Outlets (SKT) paid $51.10 (as opposed to $38.85) and AT&T paid $85.68 (instead of $69.50). Texas Instruments (TXN) contributed their initial dividend of $6.93 to my dividend income:

Apple (AAPL) – $16.06

Abbvie (ABBV) – $18.19

CVS Caremark (CVS) – $6.00

Realty Income (O) – $3.83

Omega Healthcare (OHI) – $66.00

Starbucks (SBUX) – $16.92

Tanger Factory Outlets (SKT) – $51.10

AT&T (T) – $85.68

Texas Instruments (TXN) – $6.93

This makes the total amount of dividend income for this month a nice $270.71. My dividend income for the month of November 2018 was $230.73 so that’s an increase of 17% QoQ. Always nice to see a double-digit growth number here, although I’m more interested in the YoY growth. My passive income for February 2018 was $144.88 so that’s an increase of 87% YoY. This means a very high double-digit growth number, I love it! Here is the graph that shows all monthly dividends YTD as compared to last year:

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Buys In February

During February I added 12 stocks to my small position in CVS Caremark (CVS) for a price of $57.83 lowering my average buy price and yield on cost. I always like that as it will increase my total return as I plan to never sell these positions.

The stock market regained new heights after the market correction in December. The stock price of CVS Caremark (CVS) is stil under pressure because of uncertainties regarding their acquisition of Aetna.

In summary, February was another good month with high dividend growth numbers YoY and a small addition to my CVS Caremark (CVS) position at a very attractive price. My total dividend income for the fist two months of 2019 equals to $487.34.

I’ll post my progress for the month of March this weekend.

Happy investing!

Kicking Off With A 184% Increase In January 2019

Well, let’s start right away with my dividend numbers for the first month of 2019. As they say “the first blow is half the battle”. I read about other dividend investors’ tremendous progress in dividend numbers YoY and QoQ. The first month of each quarter has always been a strong month for me in terms of absolute numbers, but also percentage-wise. During the market correction in December I bought many stocks. Let’s see if these transactions added somy dollars to my dividend income in January.

The Numbers

My dividend income for 2019/01 was $216.63. In this month I got several raises as compared to the dividend payment three months ago. Walt Disney (DIS) paid me a small amount more for every share than last quarter, $0.88 which means a $0.04 raise. This is a 4.8% increase from the prior dividend. This month also included an increased dividend from Ventas (VTR) – $0.793 instead of $0.79 for every share I own. This is a 0.3% increase. January included my first dividend income from Illinois Tool Works (ITW). Also Kimco Realty (KIM) and Altria (MO) paid me more YoY and QoQ because of my additional buys during the month of December. The dividend of PepsiCo was paid in January instead of December, so that’s a bit of a cheat ☺️. This sums up to:

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) – $28.82

Walt Disney (DIS) – $4.40

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) – $6.00

Kimco Realty (KIM) – $70.00

Altria (MO) – $52.00

Realty Income (O) – $3.76

PepsiCo (PEP) – $8.35

Philip Morris (PM) – $6.84

Ventas (VTR) – $36.46

This makes the total amount of dividend income for this month a nice $216.63. My dividend income for the month of October 2018 was $166.05 so that’s an increase of a nice 30% QoQ. My passive income for the month of January in 2018 was $76.33 so that’s an increase of 184% YoY. Wow, that’s quite a growth rate! Here is the graph, look how beautifully the income numbers rise YoY for January:

Transactions during January

I sold my full stake in Celgene for a price of $87.05 after the acquisition offer of Bristol-Myers. With that money I bought a nice bunch of dividend stocks which were still attactively priced after the market correction in December. I added to still relatively small positions and in all cases below my average buy price. So my yield on cost got a nice boost. Here’s what I bought:

Looking Forward

Up until the last moment I hesitated between Abbvie (ABBV) and CVS Caremark (CVS). I decided to buy CVS because I let many opportunities go by in the past to buy this company at a much lower price than my first relatively small buy. My stake in the tobacco industry has risen nicely with my buys in December and January. The yields are on the high side so this promises a lot for the upcoming months in 2019. The numbers for January are staggering. It’s very cool to see this snowball effect getting bigger and bigger every month, quarter and year. What an amazing investing strategy this is.

Happy investing!

December 2018 – Again a month of growth, 12% YoY

I’m late with writing about my progress in dividend income. It’s already April 2019 and the last month I wrote about was November 2018. That seems like ages ago. My private life has been more turbulent so far than during 2018. But I do love writing about this stuff, so I’m eager to keep blogging. Anyway, today I’m writing about my progress in building up a dividend income during the month of December. It’s always nice to close a year of hard work and investing to see where we stand on our path to financial independence and early retirement. So, let’s hit it!

Income Numbers

The amount of dividend income for month 2018/12 was $131.95. In this month I got one small raise in dividend income from Realty Income (O) as compared to the dividend payment three months ago. “Slowly but surely” seems to sum this up pretty well. This was the only raise I got. So, to be honest, that’s a bit disappointing. But this month included my first dividend income by the companies Blackrock (BLK) and Stanley Black & Decker (SWK). I initiated a small position during the last months of 2018 and would love to build a bigger position. Hopefully, Mr. Market will freak out again because of growing market uncertainties like Brexit, trade wars between the USA, EU and China and signs of a coming recession. So my dividend income for the month of December was generated by:

Bank of America (BAC) – $5.85

Blackrock (BLK) – $9.39

Cummins (CMI) – $11.40

Emerson Electric (EMR) – $4.90

General Motors (GM) – $26.98

Norfolk Southern (NSC) – $4.80

Realty Income (O) – $3.75

Southern Company (SO) – $21.00

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) – $7.92

Union Pacific (UNP) – $4.80

Exxon Mobil (XOM) – $31.16

Breakdown of Dividend Income YoY

My passive income in the month of December last year was $125.21 so that’s an increase of 5%. That’s on the low side for me, but this month has been lagging behind for a while now. The progress QoQ was a bit higher, just 7%.

The dividend income for the month of December leads to the next graph:

Transactions in December

I decided to sell my full position in General Motors (GM), because the dividend hadn’t been raised for a couple of years. I believe it’s still a good value play. But when stock prices declined so rapidly in December I decided to buy other stocks with this money. Here’s what I bought:

Looking Forward

In order to raise my dividend income for this month going forward I selected the companies Boeing (BA), Home Depot (HD), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Lockheed Martin (LMT), 3M (MMM) and Visa (V). They’re all on my watchlist “2019” and my watchlist “buys during the next recession”. Some of these candidates would also give me exposure to new industries and increase my weighted dividend growth rate. Lovely.

Dividend Income FY2018

With the month of December I collected a nice $1,793.09 during 2018. My total dividend income in 2017 was $827.81. That’s an increase of just less than 119%. Wow! Rock solid! This is very encouraging. And we’re already on our way for 2019. The increase in terms of percentages will decline with time, but the increae in dollar amounts will get larger and larger. Just as Sam Cooke sang in 1964, “Ain’t that good news?” 👍