I hope that your stomach has felt the ups and downs this year. The S&P 500 is pretty much flat year-to-date. However, that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been amazing opportunities out there. Opportunities that we haven’t seen in so fricken long, as dividend investors. However, with all of the events occurring this year – tax reform, tariffs, earnings being released for quarter 1, interest rates rising and inflation starting to creep (gas, groceries, etc.), is this the right time to jump in on dividend stock opportunities? I plan on talking about dividend stocks, where they are at today and comparing them to 5 year dividend yield averages. When doing this, it may showcase opportunities out there.
December is THE BEST month to be a dividend growth investor. Not only is it the third month of the quarter the most popular month to pay a dividend, but December is also the month where mutual fund companies pay their capital gains distributions! Whoo. Lanny and I were refreshing Vanguard’s website hourly (okay, probably less frequent than that) since we were eagerly awaiting the results. For Lanny, the results WERE INSANE as he crossed $2,000 in dividend income for the first time ever. Lanny congratulations my man. Just incredible! While my portfolio is far behind his (one day I’ll catch you Lanny!), my December’s have historically been strong. If I ever had a chance to record a record level of dividend income and beat him this month, it would be in December. So now, let’s dive into the details and check out my December dividend income summary!