Dividend Update: November 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 November?

Last month 12 companies sent me a dividend payout, adding up to a total of $262.

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

However, $262 is still a nice chunk of change though and adds nicely to my dividend goals for 2017. November brought my total received dividends for 2017 to ~$2,800 – in striking distance of my $3,000 goal for the entire year.

The following table shows the tickers of the companies that made a November 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


Look at the table, a nice – almost – 10% dividend increase from Accenture (ACN) stands out.

The Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI) dividend raise  might not seem much, but the company has raised their payout every quarter since I bought it in August of 2015. Given it’s recent price drop I am actually tempted to add more.

Other dividend increases are as expected and nothing spectacular. But any dividend raise is a good raise.

Comparing the dividend payout of November 2016 to November 2017 (below) shows an increase from $103 to $262- YoY growth of 154%.

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

Portfolio Update: November 2017

November is behind us, time to check in on my portfolio.

I made two purchases– both additions to existing positions.

On November 9 I added 35 more shares of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) for a total of $1,390.

And on November 29 I bought 25 additional shares of Cardinal Health (CAHfor a total of $1,454.

With these new buys my number of Archer Daniels Midland shares is now a nice 100, while I brought my total of Cardinal Health shares to 65.

Both stocks showed price weakness and I took this opportunity to increase my positions in them. ADM and Cardinal Health are both Dividend Champions, with dividend increase streaks of 42 and 21 years respectively.

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 November?

For reasons of comparison: a year ago, at the end of November 2016my portfolio consisted of 35 positions with a total value of $47,451.  

At the end of November 2017 my portfolio consisted of 47 positions with a total market value of $113,480, a Year-on-Year (YoY) increase of 139%.

My YoY increase is shown in the graph below.

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