Dividend Update: October 2017

It’s time for my favorite type of post: a tally of the dividends I received in the prior month. Given my strategy of DGI, it is really the dividend payouts that I care about. For each of the companies I invest in, I like to see a steady and growing stream of dividend payouts.

So how did I do in October?

Last month 12 companies sent me a dividend payout, adding up to a total of $256.

October is typically an ‘off month’ for receiving dividends as the majority of companies tend to pay out in March, September, October and December.

However, $256 is still a nice chunk of change though and adds nicely to my dividend goals for 2017.

The following table shows the tickers of the companies that made a October 2017 dividend payout to my portfolio.

It features the dividend amount I received and any change in payout as compared to the last payout moment.

TickerDividends ReceivedDividend per Share Change


Some interesting dividend increases across the board here.

Out of the four increases South32 (SOUHY) stands out with an increase almost 78% (!). While that increase looks great, in absolute terms it’s still a minor increase of a minor position.

A more substantial is the 9% dividend increase that come from Diageo (DEO). Reason to crack open a Guiness and celebrate their soon to be opened US brewery.

Comparing the dividend payout of October 2016 to October 2017 (below) shows an increase from $162 to $256- YoY growth of 58%.


How was your October and its dividend?  Leave a comment/reply to share your thoughts!

Portfolio Update: October 2017

October is behind us, time to check in on my portfolio. It’s the first day of November and the market is reaching all time highs again.

Last month was a slow month for me in the sense that I only made two purchases – both at the very last day of the month. These new buys were also additions to existing positions.

On October 31 I added 10 more shares of Kimberley-Clark (KMB) for a total of $1,118.

And on that same day I bought 50 additional shares of AT&T (Tfor a total of $1,702.

Both stocks showed price weakness and I took this opportunity to increase my positions in them. Kimberley-Clark and AT&T are both Dividend Champions, with dividend increase streaks of 45 and 33 years respectively.

With these new buys my total number of KMB shares is now 35, and I rounded out my number of T shares to a nice 100 number.

I professed my love for investing in Dividend Champions, Contenders and Challengers in my introduction post on how to get started with Dividend Growth Investing (DGI).

With these new purchases I keep building my snowball and with each new stock purchase I increase my forward dividend income and get closer to achieving my investment goals.

So how did I progress in October?

For reasons of comparison: a year ago, at the end of October 2016my portfolio consisted of 35 positions with a total value of $45,152.  

At the end of October 2017 my portfolio consisted of 47 positions with a total market value of $106,856, a Year-on-Year (YoY) increase of 137%.

My YoY increase is shown in the graph below.

How was your October? Did you add new positions to your portfolio? Leave a comment/reply to share your thoughts!