Friday, August 5, 2016

July 2016 Progress Report

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased last month, extending the streak to 46 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 46 of the last 46 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):

- Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (LEG) $0.32q>$0.34q
- Realty Income Corporation (O) $0.199m>$0.1995m

For the year, the Dividend Growth Portfolio has recorded a 3.74% increase in dividend income from higher dividends. My goal for the year is a 5.0% increase. Yield on cost is currently 4.82%.

There were no sales in July.

Portfolio Allocation

 75.6% Dividend Growth Stocks
 09.1% High-Yield
 01.0% High Dividend Growth
 14.3% 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

+16.0% Dividend Growth Stocks
+12.8% High-Yield
+21.1% High-Growth
+17.4% Core-20
+02.6% Debt & Preferred
+07.8% S&P

For the last two calendar years my Dividend Growth Stocks Portfolio has outperformed the S&P 500. Since 2008, the portfolio has outperformed the S&P 500 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 August.

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

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(Photo: Arcelia Vanasse)

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