Wow, has December been a crazy month in the stock market to say the least. Lanny has taken advantage of some of the craziness and put some capital to work and so have I. There have been some frustrating moments for me (I’ll describe those later in the article). But overall, I was excited to grab some stocks at a discount and continue to build my forward dividend income. Luckily, my account was still eligible for free trades and I was able to engage in a lot of small trades. With a fresh cup of coffee in hand, I’m ready to summarize the stock purchases. Let’s dive right in!
The holiday spirit is in the air and we are closing in on the end of 2018. With Lanny serving a healthy dose of inspiration by sharing with all of us that he crushed a major dividend investing milestone ($12,000 in annual dividend income, aka $1,000/month), I’m as motivated as ever to continue investing as much capital as possible into income producing assets. So today, I sat down and put together my initial December dividend stock watch list. There are a handful of companies on this listing, so lets dive right in!
Like Lanny, as he noted in his November purchase article, this has been a relatively quiet month from a purchasing perspective. After a crazy October that saw wild swings in the market and a lot of small purchases, November was calmer as many companies rebounded from that rough October. Of course though, there were some opportunities that presented themselves. I had to dip my toe in the market a little bit, right?? Here is a summary of my November stock purchases!
Since I am have free trades for a few more months, I was able to make a series of small purchases over the last several weeks. With Mr. Market being moody, there were plenty of positions that I wanted to add to or begin establishing. There is one new name on this list and I was able to add this company three times during this time frame! With the market sliding, I turned my attention to Dividend Aristocrats. In times like these, I like to try to add to those companies that have demonstrated their ability to pay their dividend through many economic cycles. Especially when the Aristocrats are trading at a discount.
Is there anything sweeter than opening up your laptop after a hard day’s work, checking your dividend portfolio, and then realizing that one of your holdings increased their dividend that day? It is such a sweet/satisfying feeling, one that Lanny and I cannot get enough of. We’ve constantly calling and texting each other the minute we find out that our forward dividend increased without lifting a finger! Each month, we try to identify as many companies as we can that are expected to announce an increased dividend in the coming month so we can hopefully share our excitement with some of you! Let’s see which companies are expected to announce dividend increases in May!
Dividend Increases, dividend increases, dividend increases. Man, this is the exciting announcement that all of us dividend growth investors eagerly await. A dividend increase is one of the best benefits of a dividend growth investor and can come in all shapes and sizes. Since we are constantly tracking the companies in our portfolio, each month, we prepare a listing of dividend increases that we are expected to receive from companies in our portfolio and several Dividend Aristocrats that we do not hold. Now, it is time to dive in and see which companies we expect to increase their quarterly dividend in May 2017.
All, I am very proud to say this, but this article series has come around full circle. One of the very first articles we wrote on this blog was about Dividend Aristocrats that were expected to announce a dividend increase during June, 2014. This article will represent our 12th summary and you know what that means, our website is getting ready to celebrate its one year anniversary! As a refresher, this monthly article series stemmed out of a love that me, Lanny, and many other dividend growth investors share….increasing dividends! So much so that it turned into a game as we would try our best to predict the increase that would be announced. While the game was fun, it was centered around the central idea that dividend growth is crucial for any DGI portfolio so that we can build a steady, growing income stream. Without the growth, our income stream would begin to lose its purchasing power annually as the growth in inflation would slowly erode the value of the income stream. With that being said, lets take a look at the first article in Year 2 and see which dividend Aristocrats are expected to announce a dividend increase in May.