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.
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:
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!