Lanny’s December Dividend Income Summary

Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to all (though it’s a bit late)!  December dividends did not disappoint, per usual.  The market went up significantly 2019, making it harder to find dividend stocks to purchase.  However, dividends continue to pour in.  Without further-ado, time to jump into my December Dividend Income results!

Dividend Income

Dividend Income is the fruit of the labors for all investments being made.  Further, Dividend Income is my primary vehicle on my road to Financial Freedom, which you can see through my Dividend Income and my Dividend Portfolio.

I am adding to my Dividend Income with each Dividend Stock Purchase.  How do I research & screen for dividend stocks prior to making a purchase?  I usually put the stocks through our Dividend Diplomat Stock Screener and trade on Ally’s investment platform (one of our Financial Freedom Products).

See – Dividend Diplomat Stock Screener

See – Financial Freedom Products

I also automatically max out, pre-tax, my 401k through work and my Health Savings Account.  This allows me to save a TON of money come tax time (aka thousands), which allows me to invest even more.  In addition, all dividends I receive are automatically being reinvested back into the company that paid the dividend.  This helps take the emotion out of timing & making a decision.

See – Tax Strategy – Part 3 to Reduce Taxes & Increase Investment.

See – Why I Don’t Time or Predict The Market

Lastly, Dividend Increases add quite a bang to the portfolio, as well.  As you saw from my recent post in October, dividend increases added almost $330+ for the year through September!  I will update this again, at the next quarter-end (middle January), to show you how critical this can be for YOUR portfolio.

See – The Impact of Dividend Increases through September of 2019

During December, we (my wife and I) received a total of $5,459.80 of dividend income.  There are NO words for this month.  Speechless.  Wow.  Wow.  As you’ll see, majority of this is within retirement accounts.  We are so fortunate. Each month, luckily, I have been able to have a record month in and to finish 2019, each beating the prior year’s comparable month. Further, this is also the third month where I am showing our combined Dividend Income and she surely packed a nice punch : ) 

Here is the breakdown of dividend income for the month of December!

Target (TGT), when combined with my wife’s dividend, came in with the gold trophy at  $112+ in dividends collected.  My legacy Lockheed Martin (LMT) investment came in heavy, almost at $92.  Shell (RDS), one of my watch list stocks, also was right there with over $70.  That’s on the taxable side.  Now, as you can see, Vanguard (Who and What is Vanguard) killed it for us – we both own VINIX and she also has VIIIX.  In total, we received $3,184.24 from Vanguard funds in our retirement accounts!

Here, it shows that we received a total of $3,963.39 (up from $1,759.32 last year) or 73% of our income stemmed from retirement accounts and the other 27% was from the individual taxable portfolio.  This % allocation increased substantially, due to a few reasons.  First, my wife also has significant retirement dividend income that was added.  Second, dividends on the mutual funds and ETFs were much higher than anticipated (not complaining, though!).

See – Maximizing your Roth for 10 Years… Then Set It & Forget It!

Dividend Income Year over Year Comparison



A dividend increase, year over year, of $1,940.74 (when including my wife’s dividend of $861.67 last year in December with my $2,657.39)… This is a solid 35.5% growth rate from prior year.  I cannot believe it, but I know it’s true.  In the words of Kurt Angle, “It’s Damn True”.  First, as you have seen from my $500,000 milestone article, we have been steadily investing consistently over the last 3 years.

Obviously this growth cannot even have a discussion without mentioning the 401k dividends, as they were massive this year.  We had > $3K in Vanguard mutual fund dividends, which was incredibly higher than last year.  However, T. Rowe’s PRFDX was substantially lower, as you can see above.

So many new investments, such as LyondellBasell (LYB), United Parcel Service (UPS), Cummins (CMI), to name a few.

In total, this December was higher by $1,941 or 35.5%.  At this rate, $7,300+ for next year??  Let’s get it!  Dividend increases and dividend reinvestment should take care of part of the growth.

Dividend Increases

Quite a few names were on Bert’s article for December increases, such as Pfizer (PFE) and Realty Income (O).  AT&T (T) kept their dividend consistent at $0.01 per share, per quarter, with a 2% increase.  Pfizer’s was also a given.  Isabella Bancorp (ISBA) came in with the surprise/finger-crossed dividend increase of 4%.  For the most current version – see Bert’s Expected Dividend Increases in January and see if your stock is on the list.

My favorite has to go to Isabella.  Why?  Because this was one that was not guaranteed, given their delays in announcing an increase.  Their operational performance warranted an increase and glad they came through!

Overall, $29.97 added would require an investment of $856 at 3.50% yield, in order to produce that result.

See – The Impact of The Dividend Growth Rate!

Dividend Income Conclusion & Summary

The name of the game is to apply what you learn through financial education.  The next steps are to maximize every dollar for investment opportunities and live a balanced life.  My plan is to show that dividend income can be a revenue engine.  A revenue engine that allows you to take back control of your life.  Dividend investing, once you learn the right way, becomes easier and starts to immensely make sense!

There is a nice adjustment to my most recent monthly expenditures article.  Sadly, my property taxes increased by 14% in 2018.  Therefore, our new average is $1,040 per month  Due to that, my current dividend income would cover 100%+ of that amount.  December was a bigger month and you better believe the goal is to make ALL months like this!

Excited for the future, no doubt.  Further, all of the investing from last year and moves this year, shows that my aim to save 60% of my income, and making every dollar count, has allowed promising results already this year.

I hope you had a prosperous December and all of 2019!  2020 is here, folks, time to kick some A$$ and take names.  Financial Freedom, Financial Independence, insert your freedom phrase here, awaits!  Please share your thoughts, questions and feedback below!  Excited to read how everyone did this month, as well.  Thank you again, good luck and happy investing!

31 thoughts on “Lanny’s December Dividend Income Summary

  1. Lanny,
    That is a killer month. 5.5k is a ton of cash. You are basically at the point where the heavy lifting is getting done for you, regardless of how much fresh capital you add. That is the place to be!
    – Gremlin

  2. December dividends never disappoint. We sure love those end of quarter months and your results certainly proves that. Nice to know that even with a property tax rate increase your divys can still cover the new cost. Just another benefit of that growing passive income stream. Keep up the inspiration for us all.

  3. Congratulations on having a MONSTER month of dividends, that’s simply amazing!

    Your one month destroyed my entire year of dividend income haha 😛 Yesterday I just wrote about my December 2019 Divi income over on my blog

    • DGX Cap –

      Thank you, sweat through it but man the fruits of the labor are nice.

      Hey – you’ll be here and you’ll blow past my results, no doubt about it. I’ll have to check out your site.


  4. Wow! Over $5k is fantastic. And nearly $1,500 from your taxable account is amazing. 2019 was a solid year for us and I can’t wait for 2020. Although I know it’s going to go by way too fast!

  5. Warren buffet Jr in the making lol. That is phenomenal. Not only the dividend amount but the dividend increases also. Gotta love that amount.

    • Doug –

      Just a few less zeroes : ) However, it’s all the same game – buy undervalued assets, holding period is forever unless something incredible changes with the business and continue the dividend reinvestment. It all starts with savings, that’s for sure.

      Cheers to 2020!


  6. Wowzers. That’s really killing it Lanny. I mean wow. I broke $1600 this month. That is one heck of a Merry Christmas!

    I keep my 401K off my blog since I really don’t like the company my employer uses and the limited choices and fees or the clunky website (ascensus). I have PRNHX and PRWAX and just let it ride. They do match 3% of my income whether I contribute or not.
    Keep it up!
    – John

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