Saturday, September 6, 2008

* Progress Update - August 2008

Once again it is the first Saturday of the month, so it is time for a goals/progress update. My dividend portfolio continued to improve in August after the June collapse. Annualized dividend income has increased every month since I began tracking it in November 2007. I am still concerned about some stocks reducing their dividend. However, since I am well ahead of my 2008 goal it is unlikely I will fall below it. Now onto the numbers.

My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.
Description Dividend
on Cost
2027 Goal 110,000 20.00%
2017 Goal 30,000 10.00%
2008 Goal 4,000 4.90%
Dec/2007 3,054 5.00%
Purchases YTD 2,221 0.24%
Div. Changes YTD 56 0.08%
Sales YTD (120) 0.06%
August/2008 5,211 5.38%
Purchases 299 0.07%
Div. Changes 0 0.00%
Sales 0 0.00%
July/2008 4,912 5.31%
The above information covers the current month and year-to-date through the current month.

Click here for a Detailed Historical Progress Update Table.

For the month, annualized dividend income increased $299, and Yield on Cost (YOC) increased 0.07%. These changes were driven by new purchases and dividend changes (no sales in August). Let's examine each of the these categories:

Purchases: The $299 increase in annual dividend income and 0.07% increase in YOC related to the following purchases (yield at the time of purchase):
  • $174 ETO (7.91%)
  • $50 GE (4.40%)
  • $75 BBT (6.15%)
The ETO and BBT purchases increased my YOC, while the GE purchase lowered it. As noted in earlier updates, I expect for most months YOC to drop since most new investments will yield less than my current YOC, and dividend increases will not be sufficient to offset it.

Dividend Changes: The $0 net change in annual dividend income and 0.00% net change in YOC related to the following dividend changes (a=dividend stated in annual terms, q=quarterly, m=monthly):
  • $2 BBT : $0.46q>$0.47q : 0.00%
  • $3 PAYX : $0.30q>$0.31q : 0.00%
  • ($-5) RY : $0.50576q>$0.47755q : (0.00%)
The decrease in RY related to currency conversion from Canadian dollars to U.S. dollars. You can't fault the company for that. Year over year, I still anticipate RY's dividend will increase on a U.S. dollar basis.

Sales: I did not sell any income portfolio investments in August.

The next monthly progress update will be on Saturday, October 4th.