A new decade of dividend income and net worth reports has finally begun and I’m happy to start it off with this one. With regards to dividend income, everything is great as we have set a new monthly record. On the other hand, net worth took it on the chin with the January pull back.
January Dividend Income
This month I received $1,083.70 in dividend income! On average, I was paid $29.29 from 37 different companies!! This month’s dividend income is a great 14.54% increase over January 2019.
That’s $137.54 more dividend income than last January!
Dividend Income - January 2020
Here is a chart of my passive dividend income progress over the last 5 years.
The dividend portfolio has been updated.
Here are the dividend stock purchases I’ve made between January 2019 and 2020 that have fueled this dividend income growth.
January’s dividend income covers my utilities, groceries, internet and mobile phones for the month!
January Dividend Growth (Dividend Increases)
Here are the realized dividend increases I received this January. Dividend growth is an extremely important part of my early retirement and is my favorite metric to report!
This January I received 9 dividend increases and 3 of those dividend increases were over 10%!
Dividend Increases - January 2020
January’s dividend increase adds $59.11 in annual dividend income! January’s dividend increases are the equivalent of investing an extra $1,688.65 of new money at 3.5% yield! While this might not seem like a huge amount of money, it is still free money that will continue to compound into the future!
Well, they can’t all go up every month. January net worth takes a decent dip.
Let’s do the numbers…
You may have noticed, I cracked open the cash piggy bank this month!
Cash really was decimated this month for a good purpose. Mainly this was because I fully funded both of our Roth’s and also padded the after tax brokerage account.
I took full advantage of the new cash this month and invested pretty heavily this January.
The remaining cash pile is still pretty large. I’m keeping that dry powder ready in case we find a fantastic new house deal we just can’t pass up. We still need to find a new home in order for early retirement to happen, but we aren’t actively trying to sell our home now or scouring the market for a new home to buy.
As I mentioned above, we would still like to downsize our home… even after our almost “new construction purchase” debacle last year. That cash reserve will come in handy allowing us to put down a substantial amount of money on the new house while we wait to sell our primary home.
After last year’s experience, we will now plan to buy a new house, move in and then sell our house. Living in a house you’re trying to sell SUCKS!
Our rental is doing well. Our tenant re-upped for another 2 years with a $50 a month increase. However, we did just hear some sour news that our HOA has decided to put new roofs on every home in the neighborhood. This will cost us roughly 3k 🙁 Oh well, maintenance is a thing we budget for… but this is too pricey for the size of this roof. But, other than that… no maintenance issues again this month!
We have another exciting month in the books. Dividend income is growing at a much slower pace now that the numbers have gotten a bit larger. All in all, that is fine and expected!
With regards to the stock market – we will have to wait and see how the Coronavirus effects the markets or if China can use their incredible social control systems to keep the virus from spreading. Nobody wants this new “flu” – and if the Coronavirus does spread into other provinces as it has in Wuhan, then it will be impossible to contain! Personally, I think they will keep it locked down, and I will continue to invest as this will be a small hiccup and nothing more. Let’s just hope the rest of the world can keep it contained as well!
How did you do this month? Are you worried about the Coronavirus slowing the worlds largest economies?