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November Dividend Income and Net Worth Report – 2018

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It’s crazy how quickly time moves as I get older.  I can’t believe there is only ONE more month remaining in 2018!  November turned out to be a pretty good month.  Dividend income was a fantastic haul and net worth rebounded nicely by the end of the month (after October’s big decline).  For the most part, everything is still going to plan.

Also, you may have noticed the site design has changed a bit.  The old site design was looking a bit dated and a makeover was due.  The new style has a much larger text section and navigation has been improved greatly.  There is still work to be done on the new style, so please forgive anything out of place.  Anyway, I hope you like it!  Oh, and if you do notice any glaring errors, please let me know.

November Dividend Income

This month I received $1,117.63 in dividend income!  On average, I was paid $37.25 from 30 different companies!!  This month’s dividend income is a remarkable 92.1% increase over November 2107.
That’s $535.61 more dividend income than last November!

Dividend Income - November 2018

Here is a chart of my passive dividend income progress over the last 3 years.

The dividend portfolio has been updated.

This month’s dividend income covers my utilities, insurance, cell phone and groceries for the month!

November Dividend Growth (Dividend Increases)

Here are the realized dividend increases I received this month.  This currently ranks as the worst performing month for dividend growth since I began tracking this data a few months ago.  Only one of my holdings increased their dividend.  However, it was a doozy of an increase – 24%!  I’m happy to receive any increase and one increase is 100% better than zero increases!

Dividend Increases - November 2018

November’s dividend increase adds $16.20 in annual dividend income!  Sadly, this ends my streak of dividend income increases that were averaging over $50 a month.

Net Worth

Net worth rebounded beautifully this month!

Let’s do the numbers…

Net worth spreadsheet for November 2018.Cash

Things were pretty good with regards to cash this month.  First, I received a tax refund from an error we made while filing our taxes (whoops).  This was for a little over a thousand dollars!  Cha-Ching… though I wish we wouldn’t have made the error in the first place.  Second, we received a reimbursement which added another $500 or so.  And third, I didn’t move as much money into the market this month.  I was traveling and wasn’t able to be as active as I would have liked.

I’m still sitting on a bunch of cash.  The money is sitting in a high yielding money market account with the cash earning 2.25%.  I’m continuing to keep this powder dry while waiting for some better (or worse depending on your perspective) deals.

Real Estate

We received our payment on time this month and didn’t have any problems with the tenant.  We are having a property inspection / walk through in December which will be great to see.  It’s been probably 2 years since we’ve seen inside our townhome.

We also received some unlucky news with or rental.  The rental property HOA has decided to split the water bill out of the HOA dues.  This will put the water bill responsibility onto the individual owners.  Unfortunately, in our rental contract, we have stated we will pay the water bill.  I’m not certain yet,  but I suspect the HOA dues will not be reduced… and we are going to have to pay the water bill until the current contract is up in August 🙁

Still no luck on finding new rental properties that fit our criteria.  Everything is so expensive… or in a part of town where we aren’t interested in owning rental property.  Either prices will have to decline or we are going to have to expand our area.

*The weird negative number in the rental property mortgage liability column above is from a clerical mistake.  The rental mortgage is due in the middle of the month and the balance statement isn’t generated until then and the mortgage rate just increased (its an ARM mortgage).  Anyway, it will look right next month.


November was full of ups and downs.  The late month rally ended-up adding all the gains for the month.  Which was clearly wonderful for the monthly snapshot of my net worth.

Dividend growth investing is continuing to prove itself in my portfolio.  I have continued to expand my holdings during both good and bad times and I have been rewarded.  While the total market value of the portfolio fluctuates, dividend income continues to only climb!  Slow and steady wins the race!


How did you do this month with realized dividend increases?  Also, do you see any glaring problems with the new style that I need to fix?

I'm a dividend growth investor who is aiming to retire early in 4 years at the age of 45. My goal is to live off the income my dividend portfolio and rental property produce exclusively and leave the corporate rat race. I hope you will join me in this journey!


  1. Pig –

    Nice! Also, dammit on the HOA/water bill, frustrating. 4 digit income this month is epic, just fricken epic. Lastly – 2.25% on that amount of cash is awesome! A nice chunk of interest income every month! Keep killing it DP.


    • Blake

      Thanks Lanny! Yeah, the HOA thing really is a drag. Sadly, just have to eat it for the next 8 months 🙁

      The dividend snowball is staring to really amount to something significant! Just need to keep pushing it up hill.

      Thanks for the comment!