Sunday, January 15, 2017

December 2016 Dividend Income Update

It's time for my December dividend update! I'm a bit late posting my results as I've become quite lazy with my blog and suffering from a bit of burnout to be honest. I don't know how much longer I will continue posting if it keeps feeling more like a chore than a rewarding experience. Well see how it goes.

Anyway my income for the month of December was $376.56, this is a bit lower than last quarter due to Pepsi not paying this month. Pepsi has an odd payment schedule where their last payment for the year actually falls in early January. 

In other news I received my first dividend payment from Fundrise of $20.03 (prorated) which boils down to an 11.25% yield before taxes. Unfortunately with Fundrise the dividends are not automatically reinvested and instead go into your bank account. I have also made over $800 'working' online this month (nothing related to blogging) most of which will be reinvested in dividend stocks.

December Dividend Increases
  • McDonalds (MCD) - From .89 to .94 (+5.6%)
  • Universal Health Trust (UHT) - From .65 to .655 (+.7%)
December Dividend Income
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - $48.80
  • Unilever (UL) - $19.86
  • Exxon (XOM) - $51.00
  • Compass Minerals (CMP) - $22.24
  • Cullen Frost Bank (CFR) - $9.72
  • Travelers (TRV) - $8.04
  • Avista (AVA) - $19.87
  • McDonalds (MCD) - $32.90
  • Coke (KO) - $21.35
  • Kraft/Heinz (KHC) - $25.80
  • Flowers Foods (FLO) - $74.40
  • Universal Health Trust (UHT) - $32.75
  • Powershares Muni Bond ETF (PZA) - $9.83
Total Dividends December 2016: - $376.56

In the chart below you can see my dividend growth, you will notice in the past 6 months my income has been reduced slightly, that was due to my sale of Realty Income. I used the proceeds to pay off my mortgage and I have now started to reinvest in Realty Income again (this time in a Roth IRA tax advantaged account ).

Monday, December 19, 2016

Recent Buy - Realty Income (O)

With Christmas just around the corner I have been in a giving mood. Now that I have all my Christmas shopping all done I felt it was a good time to do a little shopping for myself and I think the future me will be very happy with this gift.

Today I purchased 18 shares of Realty Income (O) @ $56.60 for a total of $1018.80

It was just in July when I sold my entire position at around the $70 mark to help pay off my mortgage and the timing could not have been better. The stock began to lose some steam and here we are again in the mid $50 range. It feels good to be back!

This purchase will be my first for my Roth IRA account, and I've already setup automatic dividend reinvestment (DRIP) as well.

O Stock Chart

O Basic Stats
  • Ticker Symbol: O
  • Sector: REIT - Retail
  • Yield: 4.4%
  • Dividend Growth Streak: 20 years
  • Annualized Dividend Growth 3yr: 8.6%
  • Market cap: $14.5 Billion
  • Website:

Friday, December 9, 2016

November 2016 Dividend Income Update

It's time for my November dividend update! This month I just squeaked missed the 300 dollar mark with $290.59 of dividend income. This is about the same as last quarter because I have not made any purchases with pay dividends in this month since then. There's not too many stocks that really look that attractive with the markets going crazy. Still there are some names out there that are falling in the face of rising stock market like Unilever (UL) and Realty Income (O) which I have been watching with interest.

I'm curious what stocks my readers have an eye on. Will you continue making regular purchases, have you decided to save your cash for now? 

November Dividend Increases
  • Tompkins Financial (TMP) - From .44 to .45 (+2.2%)
November Dividend Income
  • AT&T (T) - $108.00
  • WGL Holdings (WGL) - $32.18
  • General Mills (GIS) - $37.44
  • Clorox (CLX) - $15.20
  • People's United Financial (PBCT) - $37.91
  • Tompkins Financial (TMP) - $20.25
  • Abbott Labs (ABT) - $7.02
  • Proctor & Gamble (PG) - $22.76
  • Powershares Muni Bond ETF (PZA) - $9.83
Total Dividends November 2016: - $290.59

Monday, November 21, 2016

Recent Buy - Verizon (VZ)

Woa, It's been since August since I've posted a purchase update. Sometimes life just gets in the way but I'm back at it putting my money to work for me. This time around I had a couple of stocks on my mind, those being Unilever (UL) and Verizon (VZ). Both currently on sale and both solid companies that I want in my portfolio!

Ultimately I chose Verizon for this months purchase and I wouldn't be surprised if next months purchase is Unilever. I do own some Unilever already but wouldn't mind adding to it.

Last week I purchased 23 shares of the Verizon (VZ) @ $47.83 for a total of $1108.09

Verizon Communications Inc. (Verizon), incorporated on October 7, 1983, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses and governmental agencies. The Company offers voice, data and video services and solutions on its wireless and wireline networks.

VZ Stock Chart

VZ Basic Stats
  • Ticker Symbol: VZ
  • Sector: Technology
  • Yield: 4.9%
  • Dividend Growth Streak: 9 years
  • Annualized Dividend Growth 3yr: 3.2%
  • Payout Ratio: 66%
  • P/E Ratio: 12 (forward)
  • Market cap: $196 Billion
  • Website:
VZ Financial Growth