Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dividend Income Progress Update - August 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 38 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 67 of the last 69 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 4,151 -0.14%
Div. Changes YTD 1,177 0.12%
Sales YTD -2,019 0.07%
August/2013 24,959 4.52%
Purchases 385 -0.04%
Div. Changes 133 0.03%
Sales -147 0.01%
July/2013 24,588 4.52%

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 $371, and Yield on Cost (YOC) was flat 0.00%. 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 $385 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 $133 increase in annual dividend income and 0.03% increase in YOC related to the following dividend changes (a=dividend stated in annual terms, q=quarterly, m=monthly):

- $26 ALPS Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) $0.264q>$0.269q
- $16 National Retail Properties, Inc. (NNN) $0.395q>$0.405q 0.00]
- $91 Eaton Vance Tax-Advantage Global Fund (ETO) $0.135q>$0.15q 0.02]

Sales: During August, I sold my remaining shares in MDT at a significant gain. MDT's dividend yield was the lowest in my Dividend Growth Portfolio.

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

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

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