October: A 72% Higher Dividend YoY!

Once again, I’m a bit behind with writing for this blog. Most of my time and energy went into my new job since October 1st. However, I’ve been watching the market closely during the last months. So with October, the last quarter sets in and we get a good idea of our annual progress in getting financial independent. It’s an exciting time to be a dividend growth investor. Valuations are through the roof and the most recent dividend growth numbers of many companies are lower than previous years. Once again, it all comes down to a thoughtful plan, sticking to it, and considering your progress towards attaining your goals. Let’s start right away!

The Numbers

My total dividend income for the month of October was $285.54. In this month I got several raises as compared to the dividend amounts in July. October included the usual small dividend increase of Realty Income (O), but also a 7% raise by Illinois Tool Works (ITW), a 12.5% higher dividend of JP Morgan (JPM), a 5% increase by Altria (MO) and a 2.6% dividend hike by Philip Morris (PM). My dividend income from my position in Altria (MO) also increased because of a larger position. This sums up to:

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) – $30.93

Iron Mountain (IRM) – $11.00

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) – $6.42

JP Morgan (JPM) – $5.40

Kimco Realty (KIM) – $70.00

Leggett & Platt (LEG) – $8.40

Altria (MO) – $81.48

Realty Income (O) – $3.86

Philip Morris (PM) – $31.59

Ventas (VTR) – $36.46

This makes the total amount of dividend income for October a nice $285.54. Just slightly below the $300 threshold. My dividend income for July 2019 was $275.02 so that’s an increase of a very small 4% QoQ. The total dividend for October 2018 was $166.05, so that’s an increase of 72% YoY. Just like I want to see it! Here is the graph YTD:


Transactions during October

This month I sold my small position in Emerson Electric (EMR). This led to a 51% gain excluding a 4% annual dividend over 4 years. Let’s say, a gain of 65% in total. The dividend increases have been disappointing over this time frame. I think the company doensn’t have an unique position compared to their competitors. With this money I increased my position in Tanger Factory Outlets (SKT) with 29 stocks for $16.22 per share. I also bought an additional 14 stocks of Altria (MO) for a trading price of $46.12.

Looking Forward

My total dividend income YTD is $2,416.79. I consider this an unreal number compared to where I came from three years ago. The snowball is getting shape here. I would love to close this year passing the number of $3,000. How awesome would that be!

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

Happy investing!

Still Going Strong: A 58% YoY Growth In Dividends For August

Everything is back to normal over here; the summer vacation is over, our kids are back to school and the usual wet and windy weather has returned. Time has flown by. Meanwhile, the dividends haven’t stopped from rolling in ☺️. August was a month of several big price drops which gave us as long term investors some pretty good opportunities to buy good companies at reasonable prices. Fortunately, I had some cash at hand to take advantage of these price swings. Here’s my score of the month of August.

Income numbers

For this month my total amount of dividend income was $331.12. This is the highest amount of monthly dividend income so far and it’s also my first month above the $300 threshold. Hallelujah! This is so inspiring.

Three companies paid me more than last quarter as a consequence of a raise or larger position. The dividend payment I received from Abbvie (ABBV) has increased from $18.19 in May to a nice $56.71 in August. Realty Income (O) paid me $3.85, just a penny more than in May. Delta Air Lines (DAL) increased its quarterly dividend with 15.00% which resulted in a dividend of $9.26 for this month. Here’s the breakdown:

Apple (AAPL) – $16.94

Abbvie (ABBV) – $56.71

CVS Caremark (CVS) – $17.00

Delta Air Lines (DAL) – $9.26

Realty Income (O) – $3.85

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 $331.12. My dividend income in May 2019 was $291.38 so that’s an increase of 14% QoQ. My passive income for August 2018 was $209.12, so that’s a very welcome 58% YoY growth. 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:


Transactions during August

I added to three positions at lower prices than my average buy price, locking a higher dividend yield than I already had. This leads to a higher yield on cost. I bought 7 stocks of Abbvie (ABBV), 3 stocks of 3M (MMM) and 10 stocks of Altria (MO). The details are as follows:

F9CE049A-441D-4EE0-9384-541EB5BC6F71I now own 60 stocks of Abbvie (ABBV), 29 shares of 3M (MMM) and 97 pieces of Altria (MO). That’s getting serious.

Looking Forward

I earned $1,938.34 in dividend income YTD, which means I surpassed the FY 2018 dividend income of $1,793.09.

Some companies in my portfolio are still trading for low or reasonable valuations. at the moment. In addition to the three bunsiness above, I can think of CVS Caremark (CVS), AT&T (T), Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Wells Fargo (WFC). I’ve also had my eyes on Bank of Montreal (BMO), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Simon Property Group (SPG) and the Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD).

Altria (MO) and Philip Morris (PM) confirmed their talks about a potential all-stock “merger of equals.” A combined company could be worth more than $200 billion. I’m curious how this one will play out.

Did you buy a number of companies during the price swings in August? Please let me know.

Thanks for for your time.

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!