December 2017 Dividends

Hello all,

2017 has come to a close, which means champagne will soon be popping. Oh, and that also means that December 2017 is completing, and it's time for another monthly dividend summary. Both reasons to celebrate!

Let's get to the December 2017 results!


Taxable Accounts
CompanySymbolDateAmount
CumminsCMI12/2/2017$8.64
WW GraingerGWW12/2/17$19.20
IntelINTC12/2/17$3.00
KrogerKR12/2/17$0.75
HanesbrandsHBI12/6/17$0.60
L BrandsLB12/9/17$2.40
TargetTGT12/11/17$38.44
EmersonEMR12/12/17$4.85
QualcommQCOM12/15/17$34.58
Compass MineralsCMP12/15/17$11.52
Flower FoodsFLO12/15/17$20.06
VF CorpVFC12/18/17$18.40
Vanguard REIT Index ETFVNQ12/27/17$7.82
Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETFVYM12/27/17$8.47
Taxable Accounts Total$178.73
Roth IRA Account
CompanySymbolDateAmount
iShares Core S&P 500 ETFIVV12/27/17$14.35
iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETFIJR12/27/17$3.77
Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETFVYM12/28/17$23.88
Vanguard Growth ETFVUG12/28/17$3.84
Powershares QQQ TrustQQQ12/29/17$1.98
T Rowe PriceTROW12/29/17$8.16
Roth IRA Account Total$55.98
Overall Dividend Income Total$234.71
Forward 12-month Projected Dividend Income Total
$1,854.90



December 2017 Transactions
BuysQtySellsQty
HBI (Hanesbrands)1NoneN/A
IBM1NoneN/A
LAZ (Lazard)3NoneN/A

A bit of small activity this month, but again, these buys were from reinvesting received dividends, and not from adding fresh capital. Most of the money being saved now is for the wedding fund (the big day to occur in June 2018). Even at a small amount, it does feel good to add to the portfolio.

I started a new position with IBM, as I like the valuation, growth is currently slow, but I do like the fact that they are investing heavily in blockchain technology, which I am trying to get exposure to. For my patience, they will reward me with almost 4% yield. I will gladly get paid to wait. I will most likely add a small amount where possible to add to this position.

Let's look at the dividend payment history:


Month2014201520162017
January$14.38$14.42$70.45
February$49.07$50.38$112.01
March$50.22$52.16$182.28
April$10.83$27.91$64.56
May$46.52$59.42$132.14
June$6.69$47.51$90.97$198.86
July0$18.99$51.37$168.64
August$33.96$50.11$86.07$156.46
September$54.75$55.61$101.70$226.17
October$10.94$14.42$72.53$79.06
November$48.79$50.11$103.31$158.18
December$63.55$49.89$168.03$234.71

...and of course in graphical form




So, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this December brought me the highest all-time dividends within a month, $234.71. Truly awesome!

 A closer look...

Year/Year

A year ago, my dividend income was $168.03, which means it has increased by +39.7% in the span of a year. Amazing, the amount of progress, when you compare on a yearly basis.

Quarter/Quarter

A quarter ago in September 2017, my dividend income was $226.17, which means a more modest increase of +3.8%. Not a huge amount, but over the course of a year, this would amount to just under 16%, which is not bad at all.

In Conclusion
December 2017 was a great month, even with less new money being applied, the dividend train keeps on chugging along, bringing me to an all-time high for a dividend total for a month. I do feel good to be able to add to positions, albeit at a slower rate than before. Thankfully, I have contributed enough to this point to keep the train going, as I apply most of my savings to the wedding fund. Soon after the final deposit is paid, I'll look forward to contributing normally to my dividend positions.

How was your December? Let me know in the comments!











Comments

  1. Seeking,

    AMAZING! Congrats on the great record and the strong dividend growth rate. Impressive numbers once again and your portfolio is really starting to come along. 2018 is going to be a windfall year based on the strong foundation you are building now. Cheers!

    Bert

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    1. Thanks Bert! I appreciate the visit and the comment. Best wishes to the Dividend Diplomats for 2018!

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