We are closing in on fall. Football season is right around the corner, along with postseason baseball. The Browns are the darlings of the NFL so far. So let’s just say football is the talk of the town these days. But let’s not forget how much dividend increases are discussed as well. Maybe not by the city, but definitely by Lanny and I. Heck, we are on the lookout 24/7 trying to find new dividend growth investments to add to our portfolios. For those of you that are new to our website. Each month, we predict the companies that are expected to announce a dividend increase in the coming month. Let’s review the expected dividend increases in September!
When talking about dividend increases, this is us talking about dividend investing, at it’s finest! Given another quarter-end had recently passed, I wanted to reflect on what occurred over the last 9 months. I do not mean just any old reflection, but I am going to be specifically talking about dividend increases and their impact on my portfolio this year. Tax reform has been rewarding, as companies have been sending portions of the cost savings to their shareholders.
Quarter 1 of 2016 is officially in the books, which means a quarter end month of dividend income has occurred! The reason why I specifically mention the quarter-end, as this is typically a larger than normal month for dividend income, as there are substantially more payers in the U.S. that pay on those specific months as opposed to others. This also marks my fifth busy season as an auditor being completed and I can wake up on Saturday not feeling like I need to be working for the firm, feels nice. This is also one of the exciting time periods where we will read on individuals breaking their record for dividend income for the month! All great news here. Without any more introduction, let’s take a look at what Dividend Income was received for March 2016!
The LAST month of the year. The last month to tally up dividends for your annual/yearly total. Typically, within investing in US-based companies – December is usually a big quarter end, as well for all you Mutual Fund & ETF holders out there, in regards to dividend distributions, as well as capital gain distributions. With 11 months in the book and not one crossing the 4 digit mark yet – did the time finally come this December? I had my hopes high, so let’s see if Santa delivered over the 1K mark this Christmas!
SMACK! The thunderous market was turmoiling, lower and lower. Kinder Morgan (KMI) was taking a beating. They just announced news about additional investments, further deteriorating the credit quality by the rating indexes. From trading at $42.81 to begin the year and then plummeting downward to a spiral collapse at $16.42 on the close of 12/7, is truly amazing, a 62% decline from one of the Nation’s biggest/largest oil pipeline companies. Management kept enamoring a dividend focused strategy, to set increases at a % growth rate each year, and then committing by showing/increasing the dividend throughout the year. Interesting how the year really can unfold… Continue reading
So Lanny jumped the gun a little bit when he posted his November dividend income summary last week. Hey Lanny…news flash….November ended yesterday, not last week. Who knows, maybe he had too much turkey on Thanksgiving and forgot that the month wasn’t actually over. Now that November has officially come to a close and we enter the FINAL month of 2015, it is time to take a look at the dividends received in November and check my progress compared to the previous quarter and year. As a community, we have made amazing strides as evidence through our monthly summary of dividend income from around the community. So let’s see if we could keep the momentum rolling in November!
It has been some wild ride this month – no doubt. Companies have begun/continued to release their ever so exciting dividend increases and I’m here smiling to receive them, that’s for sure. Some have increased them at a not so high level, some right on where you’d expect and others have had surprisingly nice dividend increases. I’m sadly going to be very conceited and focus on the dividend stocks in my portfolio that have made announcements mid-way through November. I primarily will be focused on the companies, years they have increased, the impact to the portfolio and essentially, bringing it all together to show why we are dividend investors. Okay, enough of this Italian typing away, let’s get to the article.