Dividend Update: June 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 June?

Last month 24 companies sent me a dividend payout, adding up to a total of $295.

Receiving almost $300 a month is great - and I expect to cross the $300 line by September of this year. It’s pretty amazing how fast my dividends have grown. After all, I am only in my third year of investing and we are already talking >$3,000 per year in received dividends.

With these growing monthly dividend payouts, I am now convinced that I can attain my goal of receiving 3,000 in dividend payments this year.

The following table shows the tickers of the companies that made a June 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.


Three companies - out of the 24 featured in the table above - decided to increase their dividend payouts to me.

Unilever (UL) rebuffed Warren Buffett’s and 3G Capital’s takeover bid - and decided to reward their existing shareholders with a nearly 12% increase.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) proved once again to be the reliable dividend powerhouse it is with a very decent 5% dividend increase.

The final company in my portfolio that raised their dividend last month is Qualcomm (QCOM). The company is - once again - battling out copyright issues with Apple. I have no idea how it will play out but will happily collect the 7.55% dividend increase.

Comparing the dividend payout of June 2016 to June 2017 (below) shows an increase from $143 to $295- YoY growth of 106%.

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

Portfolio Update: June 2017

June is behind us, and with that also the first half of 2017. The market continues to climb higher and in fact set another record right before the 4th of July holiday.

Prior to doing a H1 check-in on my goals for the year  - let’s see what happened with my portfolio during the prior month.

In June I made just one dividend growth stock purchase - adding to an existing position in the portfolio.

On June 14 I bought 43 additional shares of AT&T (T) for a total of $1668.

I also updated my watchlist as I continue to be on the hunt for stocks with decent valuations and attractive dividend features. I added Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and Ford (F) as potential buys for July.

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 June?

For reasons of comparison: a year ago, at the end of June 2016my portfolio consisted of 29 positions with a total value of $37,990.  

At the end of June 2017 my portfolio consisted of 43 positions with a total market value of $86,080 - a Year-on-Year (YoY) increase of 127%.

This YoY increase is shown in the graph below.

How was your June? Leave a comment/reply to share your thoughts!