Dividend Update: January 2018

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 January?

Last month 12 companies sent me a dividend payout, adding up to a total of $298.

Starting the year with almost $300 in received dividends is a nice start on my way to my goals for 2018.

It also comes down to about $10 a day for doing absolutely nothing but collecting the dividend.

The following table shows the tickers of the companies that made a January 2018 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
KMB$33.95
HASI$16.50
DIS$19.507.69%
EQR$10.08
VTR$12.641.94%
WPC$70.700.50%
STAG$5.88
LHO$31.50
CAH$30.06
CSCO$29.00
CLDT$11.00
BNS$25.594.32%

 

The fact that 12 companies sent me dividend checks is great in and of itself. But out of those 12 there were 4 companies who decided to raise their pay-outs. Really putting the growth in Dividend Growth Investing here.

Within those dividend increases the one from Disney (DIS) stand out.

The ‘House of the Mouse’ delivered an almost 8% dividend raise. Having recently announced good numbers again (in particular on Theme Parks) and yet another Star Wars franchise – this company will do well for decades to come. Happy shareholder over here, and looking forward to keep collecting growing dividends.

Comparing the dividend payout of January 2018 to January 2018 (below) shows an increase from $223 to $298- YoY growth of 34%.

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

Portfolio Update: January 2018

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

Last month I did not make any new purchases. In fact, I sold half of my position (15 shares) in Caterpillar (CAT).

This earnings season has provided some wild stock gyrations and I hope to be able to grab some new stocks in February.

Volatility is up again, and several stocks on my watch list are approaching ‘buy territory’ again. For instance the Utilities Sector – a sector I am under invested in – is showing some attractive stocks at the moment.

Sticking to the past month – how did my portfolio progress in January?

For reasons of comparison: a year ago, at the end of January 2017my portfolio consisted of 38 positions with a total value of $66,454.  

At the end of January 2018 my portfolio consisted of 49 positions with a total market value of $119,545, a Year-on-Year (YoY) increase of 80%.

My YoY increase is shown in the graph below.

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