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.
Okay, now we are SEVEN months down for the year, with five left to go. The weather has been more moderate, lately, with substantial rain fall. What else is coming down? It’s raining dividends baby! This was an overall “quiet” month from an alarming number of dividend payers, but the income was still nice to see, regardless. Let’s grab that cup of coffee and see my July results!
Wow! We are finished with half the year already! The sun is bright, shining and…hotter than heck! In fact, the temperature reads 95 degrees tonight and I am loving it. There were a great deal of positive events in June, that I am excited to write about, but earning dividend income just added to the fun of summer! Sadly, our Cavs were out of the Finals and the NBA free agency has been crazy already. However, this is about dividend income, so let’s get to the numbers!
The calendar has turned and we are off to the races in 2018. It has busy month and our busy season has been intense. But that hasn’t stopped us from closely monitoring our portfolios and the excitement that is happening in the stock market. We all finished December strong and as a community 39 of us were able to receive of $30,000 of dividend income. It was a record-setting month for a lot of us, including myself. And now that 2018 has started, it is time to keep the momentum going. With one month down, I thought it would be as good as a time as ever to publish my first dividend income summary of 2018. Time to check out my January dividend income summary!
In his last purchase article, Lanny alluded to the fact that I may have purchased the same stock as his. Well, Lanny was right and great minds think alike. We have been talking about this purchase for several weeks and we finally just decided to buy it! While my rationale may have been slightly different than Lanny’s, here is why I added to my stake in Norwood Financial (NWFL).
One of the reasons why I love investing in dividend growth companies is that management has many tolls at their disposal to generate value for their shareholders. The easiest manner is to announce a share buyback program or a dividend increase, which have minimal impact on the operations of the companies. However, if management is looking for a larger splash, they can always spin-off a business unit, merge two companies out of no-where (See Kraft) or even sell the company to the highest bidder. All of these scenarios have different impacts for us dividend growth investors. Today, I wanted to take a look at one of the rumors that has been floating around for the last couple of weeks and analyze how the move would impact my forward dividend income. Let’s dove into these Norfolk Southern (NSC) buyout rumors.
I’m excited! I haven’t written one of these articles in a long time and it feels great to be back in the game. My last purchase of Emerson Electric was significant for a few reasons. There is the obvious significance that I now have a cost basis over $3,000 for an individual stock for the first time. It is a powerhouse position in my portfolio and will be a great foundation stock in my portfolio for many years to come. But more importantly, this last purchase helped me accomplish/defeat on of my 2015 investing goals! Let’s see which goal I conquered and how I was able to do so in the first nine months of the year.Continue reading →