Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dividend Income Progress Update - July 2013

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in July, extending the streak to 37 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 66 of the last 68 months.

My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and last updated in my 2013 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.

Description Dividend
on Cost
2027 Goal 110,000 n/a
2017 Goal 30,000 n/a
2013 Goal 25,000 n/a
December/2012 21,650 4.47%
Purchases YTD 3,766 -0.10%
Div. Changes YTD 1,044 0.09%
Sales YTD -1,872 0.06%
July/2013 24,588 4.52%
Purchases 732 -0.04%
Div. Changes 6 0.00%
Sales -337 0.02%
June/2013 24,187 4.54%

The above information covers the current month and year-to-date through the current month.

Click here for a Detailed Historical Progress Table.

For the month, annualized dividend income increased $401, and Yield on Cost (YOC) decreased 0.02%. This month's changes were a net of new purchases, dividend changes and sales during the month. Let's examine each of the these categories:

Purchases: Purchases this month increased my annual dividend income by $732 and decreased yield on cost 0.04%. As noted in earlier updates, I generally expect YOC to drop in most months since new investments will yield less than my current YOC, and dividend increases will not be sufficient to offset the decline.

Dividend Changes: The $6 increase in annual dividend income and 0.00% no change in YOC related to the following dividend changes (a=dividend stated in annual terms, q=quarterly, m=monthly):

- ($6) U.S. Preferred Stock Index (PFF) $0.16423m>$0.15843m
- $ 2 Realty Income Corp. (O) $0.18122m>$0.18154m
- $10 Medtronic, Inc. (MDT) $0.26q>$0.28q

Sales: During June, I sold my remaining shares in PFF shares at breakeven. PFF's dividend has been extremely volatile and does not fit well in my Dividend Growth Portfolio. In addition, I sold 55% of my MDT shares at a significant gain. MDT's dividend yield is the lowest in my Dividend Growth Portfolio. I plan to continue trimming my position in MDT in the future.

That's it for this time. The next monthly progress update will be early September.

Full Disclosure: Long, all the aforementioned securities. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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