Lanny’s February Dividend Income Summary

Currently is ice raining here in Cleveland.  However, for the most part, winter has been warm and even sunny on a few days.  One thing, though, is certain.  Dividend income arrives – rain, snow or shine baby!  Time to warm up and check on the dividend income that my stock portfolio delivered last month!

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Dividend Income

Dividend Income is the fruit from the labor of investing your money in the stock market.  Further, Dividend Income is my primary vehicle on the road to Financial Freedom, which you can see through my Dividend Income and my Dividend Portfolio.

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 January, dividend increases added almost $415+ for 2019!  I do this to show YOU the power of dividend investing – the increases is the trifecta in the dividend equation.

See – The Impact of Dividend Increases through December of 2019

On to the numbers… In February, we (my wife and I) received a total of $899.53 of dividend income.  Almost to 4 digits, but we will crush that in March, cannot wait.  Consistent investing into the stock market, specifically dividend investing, continues to pay off.  Receiving dividend income at this level for February is solid, especially since it’s a non-quarter end.

Here is the breakdown of dividend income for the month of February:

February, Dividend Income

Not many large dividend hitters in February, but there was at least one.  That one is AT&T (T), as the big telecommunications company paid me $116.24 during the month in my taxable account and my wife received $49.41 within her IRA.  It’s no wonder they are one of our Top 5 Foundation Dividend Stocks for your Portfolio.

Lastly – Citizens & Northern (CZNC) also paid, in total, a large dividend of $104.57.  They are a growing community bank in Pennsylvania and are about to undergo another acquisition I believe.  Slowly growing and the yield continues to be over 4%, love it.

See – Top 5 Foundation Dividend Stocks

Here, it shows that we received a total of $357.21, (up from $286.75 last year), 40%, from retirement accounts and the other 60% was from the individual taxable portfolio.  This % allocation improved from last year (54% was from taxable), due to bringing in my wife’s portfolio and just continually pouring money into the taxable account, as well as dividend increases and reinvestment, of course.

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

Dividend Income Year over Year Comparison

2019:dividend income

2020:February, Dividend Income

Dividend income, year over year is higher by $131.03 (including my wife’s dividend income of $140.02 last year with mine).  This is a 17% growth rate from prior year.  Incredible results baby! Love setting record months for February and this month showcased quite a bit.  First, CZNC had a special dividend in 2019 vs. this year of no special dividend. In addition, the list is simply getting longer with higher dividends, outside of Senior Housing (SNH) and Diversified Healthcare Trust (DHT).

At this rate, we should be well over $1,050+, right?  Let’s get it!  Dividend increases and dividend reinvestment should take care of most of the growth.

Dividend Increases

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Four stocks were on Bert’s Expected Dividend Increases in February, with Pepsi (PEP), 3M (MMM), UPS (UPS) and T. Rowe Price (TROW).  Damn, did T. Rowe deliver with an astounding 18% dividend increase!  8 dividend increases this month was a blast to have happen.  For the most current version – see Bert’s Expected Dividend Increases in March and see if your stock is on the list.

The favorite here is a no brainer. T. Rowe Price’s 18.4% dividend increase took the cake, especially while the Coronavirus is taking down the economy at the moment.  In addition, Pepsi (PEP) came in at a hot second place with a solid 7% dividend increase.

Overall, $85.31 dividend income added would require an investment of $2,437 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 demonstrate that dividend income can be a revenue engine.  A revenue engine that allows you to take back control of your life.  A revenue engine to help you reach financial freedom.  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 average is $1,040 per month  Due to that, my current dividend income would cover 89%+ of that amount.  Almost to 100%, almost there.

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.

Now that the market is showing slight signs of undervaluation from the recent market plunge (i.e. 7 days in a row from 2/20-2/28), it’s time to make some moves.  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!

21 thoughts on “Lanny’s February Dividend Income Summary

  1. Hi Lanny,

    Congrats to 899$ of Income. That’s close to four figures which is a life-changing amount in my opinion. I follow your progress for years and it’s awesome how you increased your dividend income.
    My Feb. Dividend Income totaled in 550$ and I’m really happy about it. AT&T and AbbVie were the main contributors.
    The corona selloff this week presents the first opportunity, in my opinion, to grab some names at good prices. If the markets fall further, I’ll buy more. Especially Starbucks, Texas Instruments, VISA, Realty Income, Welltower and more.


    • D2D –

      Thank you for the comment. It is life-changing and I know with time it will continue to improve. I appreciate the following – goes to show that consistently doing this produces incredible results.

      WOW, nice job crossing over $500! That’s very impressive.

      Cannot go wrong with the names you mentioned, currently sitting in a Starbucks and let me tell you – PLACE IS PACKED!


  2. Lanny, your dividend growth rates are just impressive but motivating at the same time. Looks like most of us don’t get around T. With the drop in the market this week there is more opportunity to buy a better yield and achieve our goal faster. Keep it up!

    • DGJ –

      Thank you so, so much. T is definitely a staple in most dividend portfolios I/we see. Couldn’t agree more – value has been unlocked and capital deployed. This will also be a great reinvestment month for dividends as well!


  3. Outstanding work, Lanny… nearly $900.
    Not to mention 8 dividend raises! I shared 5 of them with you, too. That TROW raise was a mood lifter no doubt. Bet you had trouble focusing on work after such a nice boost. 😃

    • ED –

      Love that we share 5 – that means we are all seeing the value that is out there. Definitely a mood lifter. It’s incredible that T. Rowe was able to deliver such an impressive dividend increase. I don’t expect that in upcoming/future years, but will take it for now.


  4. You said it… dividends roll in no matter what the weather is doing nor the market. Seeing dividends hit your account takes some of the sting of market swoons. Very strong total for Feb. coming in. Nice T dividend too and the TROW growth will benefit all shareholders. During these dark times it’s nice to see dividend bright spots.

    • DH –

      Exactly. My earlier tweet really proves it out – portfolio easily lost well over 10-11%+ of market value, but dividends continued to come in and dividend increases happened.

      You are spot on – dividends bring the light to the dark. I like it.


    • Thank you MDD.

      Eagerly am waiting the March dividends, to DRIP to lower prices, haha.

      It’s weird – you never really know the progress you are making, until you actually see the charts, graphs, etc..

      I hope others starting out can see that this just works. That’s the dream.


  5. Congrats to you and your wife on a solid month! $900 and 17% YOY growth is incredible and I have no doubt you’ll be passing $1,000 in the middle months of quarters very soon.

  6. Huge month Lanny

    congrats, that’s a solid yr over yr growth rate and nice income to boot. Love all those dividend raises too. 80 bucks added? awesome!

    Your property taxes are over 1k a month? That’s insane. We pay 4500 a year and I think that’s crazy, guess we dont have it that bad then….

    anyways keep it up

  7. Congrats with a great month Lanny! You managed to significantly increase the income even with those special dividends last year. Great stuff! It shouldn’t take long for you to get into the 4-digit zone in the second month of the quarter.
    5 companies paid dividends to me this month and they are all in your list – T, SBUX, CVS, O & PG.
    Keep it up!

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