Jan 1, 2016
Dividend Income - December & Full Year 2015
December of 2014 was a record month for me with $140.32 income. So improving from there wasn't just a walk in a park. Well, I managed to collect more this December, but is it enough to reach the yearly goal of $2,600? Let's find out! Here are those 18 companies that paid dividend to me this December:
Avista Corp (AVA) - 9.24
Chevron Corp (CVX) - 11.77
Coca-Cola Co (KO) - 7.92
ConocoPhillips (COP) - 11.84
Emerson Electric Co (EMR) - 9.51
Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO) - 6.98
Eversource Energy (ES) -7.10
Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD) - 3.87
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - 12.75
Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT) - 13.20
Main Street Capital Corp (MAIN) - 13.65
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) - 7.08
Old Republic International Corp (ORI) - 7.40
Pinnacle West Capital Corp (PNW) - 11.25
Realty Income Corp (O) - 6.09
Target Corp (TGT) - 5.60
Textainer Group Holdings (TGH) - 5.28
Unilever N.V. (UN) - 6.87
TOTAL - $157.40
Total dividends in 2015, months 1-12: $2,601.08! This means that I have passed my goal by one dollar and eight cents! Wow, I knew it's going to be close but this close!? Somewhere in October I didn't really believe that I will reach this goal, so I have to be very pleased about this outcome. Comparing to year 2014, my total dividend income grew by 20,0%.
This month's income of $157.40 means 12,2% increase from December 2014. Moving in right direction here too. Biggest payments came from MAIN, LMT and JNJ. MAIN was on top because of the special dividend they paid on 24th December. Speaking of a nice Christmas present there! Here is a graphical presentation of my dividends:
Going forward towards March 2016! I should get payment from all these companies except KO and COP. Not Coke because their payment schedule will be back to "normal" and not Conoco because I have closed out my position. Instead Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM) will be a new payer in March. Not sure that these are all changes though. I have some ideas, and generally speaking I can say that my portfolio in 2016 is likely moving towards lower risk and lower yield.
Speaking about my portfolio, you may want to check out new color codes I have added there. Cornerstone positions are naturally the most important ones. I expect them to deliver dividend increases reliably on annual basis at least, like JNJ for example. Supporting positions still solid but a little bit more uncertainty. Dividends are perhaps frozen for now, like GE for example. Speculative positions are the risky stuff, like OKE (yield at the moment scary 10%) for example. Also non-divi payers are in this category.
Please note that I don't make any currency conversions here. I report dividends as they appear in their own currency. This time ENB.TO was paid in CAD and all others in USD. Additionally all numbers are before taxes. This prevents currency fluctuations and tax hassles from affecting my progress.
Dividend Income page has been updated to include December dividends.
Disclosure: Long all stocks mentioned except COP.
How was your December and year 2015?
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