Second month down and another month of dividends in. I don’t know about you, but the dividend increases keep coming in hot, right off of the Tax Cuts, Jobs Act! It’s been a very exciting time to keep in touch with the stocks you own, as you never know when the next company will be announcing a dividend increase.
I received a total of $387.52 in dividend income in February. This is a solid increase from last year, which I will talk about in the next section. There were really no surprises, no movements of dividend expected payments as it relates to timing and everything went smooth. The 401(k), Health Savings Account (HSA) and all dividends are automatically invested/reinvested and helps take the emotion out of timing & making a decision. Also, to find out why I max out my 401(k) and HSA – please refer to the 3rd part of my tax series, as that describes the magnitude of benefits to increase the amount you can invest due to reduction in taxes.
Here we have a solid 14 different entities sending checks to me this month (Up from 12 last year)! Wow. I receive a triple digit dividend payment from AT&T (T). So crazy to say that up there on the board. That reinvested into almost 3 shares as well, producing even more in forward dividend income. Only one purchase was made this month, I hopped back on the Realty Income (O) wagon, and picked up shares when they spiked down into the $48’s. I will start benefiting from this starting with March’s dividend payment.
Similarly, I have split out between the individual stock amounts and the retirement accounts, as the ” – R” indicates a retirement account dividend (or the furthest column to the right). I separate these two, as I like to know what portion of my dividend income is coming from those retirement accounts that I cannot touch until 59.5 (barring any other usage rule I could use). Here, it shows that I received a small total of $171.67 (up from $151.07 last year) or 44.3% of my income from retirement accounts and the other 55.7% was from my individual taxable account portfolio. Additionally, this shows from retirement accounts that I’m all ready for my set it and forget it mentality to keep that income going. To see my portfolio – one can go to our portfolio summary page.
Dividend Income Year over Year Comparison
So what are the differences here? My purchases last year in Hormel (HRL) and CVS (CVS) have begun paying dividends on a quarterly basis. Further, I had purchase in AT&T (T) towards the end of last year, so the results are easily seen above. Year over year, the dividend income increase was 20.13%. I believe May’s dividend will show even better results, due to the reinvestment and dividend increases. I am very happy with a 20% dividend increase, however!
A month wouldn’t be a month without high quality companies increasing their dividend! See the small chart below for the details on the dividend increases announced this month that are holdings in my portfolio.
We all know by now, the power of the dividend growth rate is real! Let’s just say tax reform has continued to be nice, as it relates to dividend increases. January brought $82.88 in additional, forward income from dividend increases, but I wonder if February can stack up? Similar to January, I had so many surprising dividend increases. Cisco (CSCO), came out and had a solid 14% dividend increase. T. Rowe (TROW) swung heavy with a whopping 23% increase and BHP Billiton (BBL) also had a very strong increase, as their dividend has come roaring back. Double digit dividend growth rates is gladly accepted by me, as that’s one of the best reasons to be a dividend income investor! In order to achieve this much forward income, one would have to invest $3,164 at 3.50%! The last two months combined has added $193.62. Thank you companies for the dividend increases!
dividend income conclusion & Summary
The name of the game is to learn and act in the right manner to what you have learned. The plan is to maximize every dollar for investment opportunities and live a balanced life. My hope is that my month of dividend income above shows the community that one can use dividend income as a revenue engine to take back control of your life. Dividend investing, once you learn the right way, becomes easier to do and starts to make quite a bit of sense : )
As I discussed with my updated – normal monthly expenditures at the moment, this dividend income would cover over 39% of my average $984 monthly expense for my house, including utilities. Almost covering half of the amount, I will get there soon. In addition, my auto loan is finally gone and I am able to deploy the additional capital for all of 2018 into new investments that are opportunistic. In similar fashion – 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.
How crazy are these dividend increases? Are you able to keep up with all of the announcements? I know I barely can. Definitely leave your comments, thoughts and other investment items below! Excited to read the comments and thank you, the community, for stopping by; as you are helping me on my journey to financial freedom!