April 2018 Dividends
Thanks again for stopping by. It is a new month, and so that means it is time to look back at the past month and tally up dividend proceeds.
First month of the quarter is usually lean for me, but it is what it is. The results shall be tabulated!
Here are my results for April 2018:
Well, would you look at that, I guess I reached a milestone:
$2,000 in forward 12-month dividend income!
Yes Kevin, not bad after just a few years of this.
I imagine the future milestones will come at a quicker pace, given how this compounding thing works.
As I continue to divert most of my surplus money to save for the upcoming wedding (2 months away!) and a future house down payment, there is not too much to allocate to new buys, but I try to add slowly via my commission-free brokerage account.
For April, I was able to add 4 shares of Procter & Gamble (PG). With recent market declines, more well-known consumer staples stocks are coming back to at least fair value, and I've been happy to add to my PG position, as a result. With some repositioning, they appear to be on the right track in returning to growth. In the meantime, I'll happily get paid to wait...
Let's now take a look at April 2018 in relation to my dividend income history:
and of course in graphical form:
That graph is getting rather busy, so it might be time for a more concise format. I will look into it for the May 2018 update.
So to reiterate, yes April, and other 'first months' of the quarter tend to be my lightest, a fact not lost on one of my favorite follows on Twitter:
Haha, yes the rather unimpressive drinking selection was due to an experiment to see if we could get by with cheaper beer. In some cases, we can (Miller was not offensive), but most certainly not with Coors Light! Water is seriously a tastier alternative...
But I digress, let's now have a look at recent comparisons:
My April 2017 total was $64.56, so in a year that has increased to $78.40, a YoY increase of 21.4%. Not bad at all, from where I stand.
Last quarter, my January 2018 total was $72.34, and in a few months, it has increased to $78.40, a quarter to quarter increase of 8.4%, which is quite respectable. Especially considering that the January totals had a payout from Disney (DIS), which only pays out in January and July.
So in summary, I'd say this was a good month. One in which we're seeing some good progress by year and quarter.
I intend to keep this going as long as I can, to build an income to limit the need to sell portfolio holdings in order to have money to live in retirement, early or otherwise.
But enough about me, how was your April? Let me know in the comments below!