Friday, February 12, 2016

January 2016 Progress Report

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in January, extending the streak to 40 consecutive months of increases. As noted in the June 19, 2015 post, in July 2015 I changed to reporting on total dividend income instead of just income from my Dividend Growth Portfolio.

Since I began tracking my total income progress, annualized dividend income has increased in 40 of the last 40 months.

Dividends Growth Stocks Portfolio

Dividend Changes:
During the month the following securities in my Dividend Growth Portfolio paid a higher dividend (a=dividend stated in annual terms, q=quarterly, m=monthly):

- Realty Income Corporation (O) $0.1905m>$0.191m
- Erie Indemnity Company (ERIE) $0.681q>$0.73q
- Sysco Corporation (SYY) $0.30q>$0.31q

For the year, the Dividend Growth Portfolio has recorded a 0.21% increase in dividend income from higher dividends. My goal for the year is a 5.0% increase. Yield on cost is currently 4.65%.

There were no sales in January.

Portfolio Allocaton

 81.3% Dividend Growth Stocks
 09.8% High-Yield
 00.7% High Dividend Growth
 08.3% Debt & Preferred Stock

My long-term target allocation is:

 50.0% Dividend Growth Stocks
 10.0% High-Yield
 10.0% High Dividend Growth
 30.0% Debt & Preferred Stock

Year-To-Date Annualized Portfolio Returns

-00.3% Dividend Growth Stocks
-03.0% High-Yeld
-02.9% High-Growth
+0.1%  Debt & Preferred
-04.0% S&P

For the last two calendar years my Dividend Growth Stocks Portfolio outperformed the S&P 500. Since 2008, the portfolio has outperformed the S&P five of the eight years. Click here for more information on historical performance.

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

Full Disclosure: Long, all the aforementioned securities. See a list of all my Dividend Growth Stocks Portfolio holdings here.

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(Photo: Arcelia Vanasse)

Tags: O, ERIE, SYY,


  1. DGS,

    You're seeing some good growth so far. Lots of year to run so you should easily make it to your goal. We'll just have to hope that Mr. Market doesn't come in and ruin are well laid plans!

    -Dividend Monster

  2. That's a great streak of continued growth from your dividend stocks. Stick with those companies that are known for raising dividends year in and tear out and you'll continue this streak. Thanks for sharing your recent update.

  3. It is always nice when we get raises from some great companies. It looks like you have had a great start to the year so far, which is a great accomplishment in this shaky market. I look forward to seeing your future growth in your portfolios. Keep up the good work!