Now that the first quarter is behind us, it’s time to check in on where I currently am at with my dividend portfolio. I want to share the current state of my dividend portfolio, related to market value, forward-looking dividends, yield and yield on cost. Additionally, I’ll describe the activities; such as, contributions, dividends received to date and the like. I thought this may give a great snapshot of where I currently am, the progress into this year and if I like the trajectory for the year. Time to check out the state of my portfolio!
The hustle and grind continues everyone! January and February were incredible months for dividend investors as a lot of companies decided to provide their shareholders with a nice dividend increase. Even though those results weren’t reflected yet in each blogger’s dividend income summary, that didn’t stop so many of you from posting incredible results during the shortest month of the year. Here is the latest installment of our Dividend Income from YOU the Blogger’s series!
Two months are over in 2018. Where has time gone? Seriously, the first two months have 2018 have flown by! But no matter how busy you are, what you have going on in life, or how many hours you may be working, there is one thing that I love about dividend investing. Your dividend income is ALWAYS working for you in the background and you barely have to lift a finger to receive the benefits. Well, February was not different from January or any of the months before it. Time to dive in to my February Dividend Income summary!
The market continued to slide the first few weeks of February. Dividend Aristocrats and other great dividend stocks continued to fall to levels I haven’t seen in a while. Lanny and I were having multiple discussions each day about which stocks are looking great and where to potentially focus our attention. Look how strong some of the names are that were on his January dividend stock watch list. Well, there is one stock that has continued to catch my eye as the price continues to decline. I’ve purchased the stock twice already in 2018 and I could not resist when their price fell below the half-century mark. Here is why I bought Realty Income (O) for the third time in 2018!
What a month it has been for dividend increases! Each month, I highlight the companies that are expected to announce a dividend increase in the coming month. For the first time, I am speechless. In January, I highlighted three companies that were expected to increase their dividend in the coming month. But man was I blown out of the water with all of the dividend increases that were announced. February will have some tough shoes to follow! Enough talk, let’s dive right in and summarize the companies that increased their dividend in January and which companies are expected to announce a dividend increase in February.
Fresh off of a record-setting December in terms of dividend income, I’m ready to hit the ground running in 2018 and make some serious moves. Now that we are comfortably moved into our house and our cash outflows to make repairs and upgrades are shrinking drastically, we should have a lot of additional cash flow available for use in 2018. After brainstorming what the most efficient use of the capital would be, I realized there is an easy change that I need to make with my finances. Like Lanny over the past few years, my wife and I are finally taking the steps necessary to maximize our 401k contributions during the year!
Happy New Year’s Dividend Investing Community! Wow, what a year it was. November’s dividend income from the bloggers totaled 50 bloggers with over $17,000 divvies coming in. The results were very impressive and the community has shown no signs of slowing down. However, with one month left and big dividend payers coming in the last month of the year – can we set new records? Did Santa bring gifts this year for the community? Time to grab the hot cup of coffee, get comfortable and read about the December dividend income results from YOU the bloggers!