Another successful month of dividend investing into the record books. Being a dividend growth investor provides such a fantastic investing opportunity, allowing one to celebrate small wins, pretty much weekly! This month, dividend income hit a new record high as did my net worth. Gotta love the big pay months!
September Dividend Income
This month I received $1,731.72 in dividend income! On average, I was paid $29.85 from 58 (WOW!) different companies!! This month’s dividend income is a solid 68.48% increase over September 2107.
That’s $703.87 more dividend income than last September!
Dividend Income - September 2018
|01/09/18||W W Grainger Inc||GWW||40.80|
|04/09/18||Ford Motor Company||F||51.23|
|04/09/18||J M Smucker Co||SJM||17.00|
|05/09/18||National Retail Properties, Inc.||NNN||59.00|
|05/09/18||United Parcel Service, Inc.||UPS||24.57|
|06/09/18||Discover Financial Services||DFS||12.00|
|07/09/18||Honeywell International Inc.||HON||20.12|
|10/09/18||Exxon Mobil Corporation||XOM||124.95|
|10/09/18||IBM Common Stock||IBM||102.05|
|11/09/18||Johnson & Johnson||JNJ||55.14|
|12/09/18||Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc||WBA||22.00|
|13/09/18||Home Depot Inc||HD||92.70|
|14/09/18||Costco Wholesale Corporation||COST||22.23|
|14/09/18||Realty Income Corp||O||61.54|
|14/09/18||Main Street Capital Corporation||MAIN||10.45|
|17/09/18||Stag Industrial Inc||STAG||11.83|
|20/09/18||Dominion Energy Inc||D||52.61|
|28/09/18||Travelers Companies Inc||TRV||20.02|
|28/09/18||CROWN CASTLE In/SH SH||CCI||8.40|
|4/9/2018||Wells Fargo & Co||WFC||26.41|
|11/9/2018||Tractor Supply Company||TSCO||9.57|
|17/09/18||Duke Energy Corp||DUK||36.31|
|25/09/18||BHP Billiton plc||BBL||38.82|
|28/09/18||PowerShares Preferred Portfolio||PGX||2.91|
|5/9/2018||UNILEVER N.V. Common Stock||UL||11.78|
|10/09/18||Emerson Electric Co.||EMR||3.88|
|10/09/18||United Technologies Corporation||UTX||2.80|
|13/09/18||Prudential Financial Inc||PRU||6.30|
|14/09/18||Kraft Heinz Co||KHC||16.88|
|17/09/18||Molson Coors Brewing Co Class B||TAP||5.33|
|18/09/18||UnitedHealth Group Inc||UNH||11.70|
|28/09/18||DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH||DLR||5.05|
|28/09/18||T. Rowe Price Group Inc||TROW||11.90|
|∑ = 1,731.72|
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, groceries, rental property mortgage, internet, cell phone and car insurance for the month… or 1,730 cups of coffee at McDonalds.
September Dividend Growth (Dividend Increases)
Here are the realized dividend increases I received this month. Six of my holdings increased their dividends by over 10%! I’m counting on dividend increases to outpace inflation after I retire, so this dividend growth is wonderful to see. September turned out to be an incredible dividend increase month with a total of 13 dividend raises.
Dividend Increases - September 2018
Name Ticker New Div Old Div % Increase Shares Addl Income Ex-Date Payment Date Kroger Co KR 0.14 0.13 12.00% 206.00 12.36 8/14/18 9/1/18 J M Smucker Co SJM 0.85 0.78 8.97% 10.00 2.80 8/16/18 9/4/18 Cummins Inc. CMI 1.14 1.08 5.56% 17.00 4.08 8/22/18 9/4/18 Discover Financial Services DFS 0.40 0.35 14.29% 30.00 6.00 8/22/18 9/6/18 Target Corporation TGT 0.64 0.62 3.23% 57.00 4.56 8/14/18 9/10/18 Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc WBA 0.44 0.40 10.00% 50.00 8.00 8/17/18 9/12/18 Hershey Co HSY 0.72 0.66 10.06% 22.00 5.81 8/23/18 9/14/18 Kellogg Company K 0.56 0.54 3.70% 40.00 3.20 8/31/18 9/17/18 Wells Fargo & Co WFC 0.43 0.39 10.26% 60.50 9.68 8/9/18 9/1/18 Duke Energy Corp DUK 0.93 0.89 4.21% 36.32 5.45 8/16/18 9/17/18 BHP Billiton plc BBL 1.26 1.10 14.55% 28.23 9.03 8/6/18 9/25/18 BP plc BP 0.62 0.60 2.50% 10.00 0.60 8/9/18 9/21/18 Weyerhaeuser Co WY 0.34 0.32 6.25% 12.00 0.96 8/13/18 9/28/18 ∑ = 72.53
August’s dividend increases add $72.53 in annual dividend income! Dividend raises are the best!
Net worth grew again this month with the market continuing to climb a wall of worry.
Let’s do the numbers…
I was able to save a little cash even with a $2,500 deposit into my taxable brokerage account. After last’s months crazy expenses, it’s great to have a “normal” month.
I’m still holding a large cash position. The money is sitting in a high yielding money market account with the cash earning 1.85%. Now that the 10yr has jumped well over 3.2%, I might move some of the cash around.
Zero problems with the rental property and I received the check on time. No troubles there. My primary home on the other hand is still pending a hearing for a property tax dispute. Hopefully, that will happen soon, and I’ll be able to get that 2k property tax increase rolled back.
I’m continuing to look for a new rental property deals in my area. No dice, everything is crazy expensive.
Also, while I’m looking for rentals, I’m also looking for options to downsize my home. I’m getting closer to the early retirement date and will need to cash out of this home prior to calling it quits. Once again, everything is crazy expensive. We are considering buying some land and building exactly what we want. A traditionally sized, well built home. However, I’m still investigating if that can be done for a reasonable price.
The dividend investing path is not fast and can be some what monotonous. It’s important to celebrate the small win of which I had many this month. My dividend income is growing very well and the dividend growth through raises has been over $75 two months in a row! Fantastic! I’ll keep moving along and I’m sure you will too! Good job to us all!
Did you have a dividend income record breaking month as well? Do you have any thoughts on building a home vs buying existing?