January 2016 Passive Dividend Income

The first month of the year ended yesterday. I’m working on building up a passive income stream that can provide additional funding when it comes time to retire in addition to Social Security and any pension funds that I’m able to get. Dividends that consistently grow are a good sign that a company has adequate income to build their business and provide monetary benefits to its shareholders.

In the past six months, I’ve been able to build small positions in eight different companies that pay dividends each quarter. In January, two of my companies paid out dividends to me. I own a few shares of Wal-Mart (WMT) stock in an account with Loyal3. I also own a few shares of stock in the Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) in a TradeKing account. The former pays cash into my account, while the latter allows me to automatically reinvest my dividends. This means that my BNS dividends should grow each quarter (at least in Canadian funds) without my doing anything else. I earned infinitely more in dividend income this month than I did at this time last year, as I was not investing in dividend-paying stocks. Any income whatsoever is an improvement over last January’s total of a big, fat goose egg. Without further ado, here is my dividend income for January 2016:

Wal-Mart (WMT)                            $1.48

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS)          $3.00

TOTAL for January:                    $4.48

My BNS dividend purchased an additional 0.065 shares of stock in the company, which should add approximately $0.14 to my dividend next quarter given a similar exchange rate. I’ll be looking to add additional shares as funding comes available.

My $4.48 is not a massive amount of money, and it would allow me to take about 15 minutes off if I were to try and use my passive income to replace active income at this point. However, it’s a start, and as it’s been said many times before, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. I’ve taken more than the first step, but I’m early in the journey and hope to add shares and passive income going forward. At this point, my forward dividend income is nearly $109. Hopefully, this will grow to $250 or more by the end of the year.  I’ve added this income summary to my monthly dividend income page.

January 2016 Stock Purchases

With the month of January just about over, it’s time to look back over the month and review my stock purchases for the month. I was able to deploy some capital toward earning my favorite type of income–passive income. I’m a long way from being able to successfully support myself on passive income, but Rome was not built in a day and everyone has to start somewhere.

I made five separate purchases in my Loyal3 account over the month. These took place on three different days. I’m working on topping off all of my companies to have $300 of capital invested in each. I’d already reached that level with my first stock (Wal-Mart/WMT), and I then started to work with the rest of these stocks. My second purchase was Apple (AAPL), and two purchases this month brought me up to $300 invested. I purchased an additional 1.0394 shares of the tech behemoth. This additional purchase added a total of $2.16 of further dividend income going forward.

My next purchase was on the same day as my second Apple purchase. This purchase went toward Coca-Cola (KO) stock. My investment in KO brought me up to $300 invested in this as well, so three of my five companies have now reached this level. I was able to deploy enough capital to add 1.5326 shares to my stash of Coke stock and $2.02 to my forward expected dividend income.

My last two Loyal3 purchases did not allow me to reach my goal of $300 in the final two companies. I was able to buy 0.4468 shares of McDonald’s (MCD) and 0.2248 shares of Kellogg’s (K). At the current dividend rate that these companies provide, the purchases added $1.59 and $0.45 to my forward dividend income, respectively. Overall, these purchases should bring an additional $6.22 to my expected dividend income for the year.

My final purchase of the month came in my TradeKing account (sign up for a TradeKing account, and we could both get a free $50 added to our accounts provided you meet the requirements). With the recent drop in energy stocks, I decided to double down on my holdings in Royal Dutch Shell B shares (RDS.B). I was able to purchase 5 shares at an average cost of $41.04 with the $4.95 transaction expense added into the cost basis. This purchase added $18.80 to my estimated dividend income for the year. While this might be a bit risky as the cost of oil continues to lag near decade-long lows, it’s not likely that Shell is going anywhere and management has gone on record that they will pay the same dividend for 2016. Additionally, there’s not been a dividend cut since the end of WWII, and that’s a long time. When the cost of the black gold finally does go up, there is a chance for some serious capital appreciation in my Shell holdings.

Going forward with these purchases, my total dividend income for the year should be approximately $108.79 (BNS pays in Canadian dollars, so this could be off a bit because of exchange rates).  This is more than $25 more than I would have expected to make just a month earlier. Should I be able to keep up this rate over the course of the year, I’ll add about $300 to my estimated dividend income.

While this might not seem like a huge amount of money, it’s a start to a journey that began with my first purchase of $100 of Wal-Mart stock in my Loyal3 account. I now have positions in 8 different companies and hope to add 2 or 3 more this year to my portfolio. My goal is to consistently add capital to my stash so that my passive income can grow exponentially over time. I’ve set a goal of getting my forward income up to $250 by the end of the year. It’s not quite as much as the number noted above, because I’m not likely to buy much with a yield as high as Shell currently has. This will definitely be money that I’ve been able to earn while doing just about nothing at all while others work (and spend) to make this money for me. How much have you decided to set your goal for? I’ll be updating my first month of dividend income for the year 2016 in the next few days.

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Passive Dividend Income for December 2015

The month of December is just about over, as is the year 2015. I started out the year with basically no expectation of passive income from dividends, and I’ve now deployed enough capital to get to the place that I expect at least $83 next year from dividends without adding a single dollar to what I’ve already invested.

I have been able to invest in companies that provide dividends on a schedule that ensures that I should not miss a month of getting at least a little bit of passive income going forward. Passive income is the best income, as I’m able to earn it every month while at work, while sleeping, and while lounging around the house. The companies that I’ve allowed to put my money to work have many employees that work around the clock and around the world to make money, a portion of which the companies are able to return to me each quarter.

A couple of the companies I’ve invested in have given me good news in the last couple of months with dividend raises, which means that my capital will pay out even more over the next year. McDonald’s raised its dividend payment from $0.85 per quarter to $0.89 a quarter, and AT & T raised its dividend from $0.47 to $0.48 each quarter. These raises are 4.7 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively. I was able to experience one of these raises during December, so without further ado, here are my passive dividend earnings for the month of December 2015:

Kellogg’s (K):                              $0.47

McDonald’s (MCD):                  $1.66

Coca-Cola (KO):                        $1.90

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B):     $5.64

TOTAL DIVIDENDS for 12/15 $9.67

This $9.67 in a single month is a new record for me, nearly doubling my previous record of $5.41 in November. Also, this dividend income brings my final total for dividend income for 2015 to $20.91. This might not seem like too much, but it is more than $0. It’s been said many times that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and I’m hoping that this $20 in 2015 will grow exponentially in 2016. Any income that I get for the first seven months of the new year will be infinitely better than the amount that I got in the first seven months of 2015, when I earned $0 in dividend income. No one knows which way the market will go in 2016, but I plan on deploying additional capital that will hopefully grow my passive income.

How much were you able to earn in passive income in December or in the year of 2015?

Recent Stock Purchases for Passive Income

I’ve had the opportunity to make a couple of purchases this month that have added passive income to my forward dividend income. These two companies have been hit hard by the market in recent weeks, in spite of being major cash cows. These two companies are Wal-Mart and Apple. My goal is to get $300 of capital invested in all of my companies, and my recent purchases in Wally World have gotten me to this position. All of my purchases were through Loyal3, so I incurred no transaction fees on these purchases.

Overall, I made two separate purchases in Wal-Mart (WMT) that deployed enough capital to buy an additional 1.5405 shares of the retail giant. With the current dividend payment of $1.96 per share, this adds a total of $3.02 of forward income. Of course, Wal-Mart is likely to announce a dividend increase within the next couple of months to keep its streak of around four decades of dividend growth in tact.

My other purchase was a small $12 deployment into Apple (AAPL) stock. This capital purchased only 0.1120 shares of the tech giant, but it will add an additional $0.23 in forward annual dividend payments based upon the current dividend of $2.08 per share. Again, it is likely that Apple will announce a dividend increase at some point in the coming year. Previous raises seem to come with the May payment if recent history is any indicator.

Combined, these purchases will add $3.25 to my forward dividend income. Along with a recently announced $0.01 per quarter raise that was announced by AT & T, my estimated forward dividend income for 2016 is up to $83.77 (about 4 hours of freedom based upon an estimated $20 of net income per hour of work). This should go up as I make additional purchases during the next year. My hope is to get my estimated income for 2017 to more than $200, but this will remain to be seen as I come into additional capital to deploy or as companies might pull a Kinder Morgan and cut their dividends. (I was fortunate not to have bought any KMI before the drop, and I’ve not bought any since.) I believe that my current stable, with the exception of Royal Dutch Shell should be safe, but the market and profits can shift pretty quickly. My next post will update my final dividend income update for 2015. Here’s to a great 2016.

November 2015 Passive Dividend Income

One of the best ways to earn money in pajamas is through dividend income. This is truly passive income, as other people work hard to make money on capital that I’ve deployed. I worked hard to earn the initial capital, but I do not have to put in any additional effort to earn this income, other than a few clicks of the mouse and a few keystrokes to buy stock. While there is risk inherent with buying stocks, it’s unlikely that every dividend stock that I’ve bought will go belly-up in the very near term. Spreading the risk across several different companies is a great way to mitigate some of the risk.

November is now finished, and one of my favorite posts for the past several months is the post that allows me to look back at the growth of my passive dividend income over time. I’m building this income up with the deployment of $25 here or $100 there into high-quality companies that pay me to allow them the use of my capital. I received two “checks” (AKA dividend payments) during the month of November. While most dividend investors will not set any records during this month of the quarter, I did because of the addition of a new payer. Back in August, I earned my first dividend from Apple (AAPL). I earned a slightly increased dividend from Apple, but I also added income from AT &T (T). Here are the amounts that I earned over the month:

Apple (AAPL)                              $0.71

AT &T (T)                                    $4.70

November TOTAL:                    $5.41

TOTAL for 2015:                        $11.24

The $4.70 payment was reinvested into more AT & T stock, and bought me an additional 0.14 shares, adding $0.26 to my estimated dividend income for the next year. This is dividend growth that is totally passive on my part.  Next month, December, is setting up to pay me a record number of dividend payments with a record income. I’m looking forward to the next update as a result. How much dividend income did you earn in your pajamas last month?

More Passive Income–Bank of Nova Scotia

I’ve been putting a bit of money to work when I’ve had the opportunity in recent months, as I’ve come to the realization that over time, with enough money, that money will start working harder than I can to make more money. Passive income is the best income because it truly allows me to earn money in pajamas. Making money while watching TV or sleeping is the purpose of this blog. My dividend income is not a massive river of income at this point, but I have eight small streams that are coming together to make a somewhat less small stream. My hope is to increase the water (dividends) flowing through each of the channels (companies) that I’ve carved out so that I’ll be able to replace a big chunk of my income when it comes time to retire.

This month, I decided to bring the third of my three companies in my TradeKing account (get $50 for signing up for TradeKing, funding an account, and making some trades) up to right around $300 in total capital invested in each. I made my first purchase of 3 shares of Bank of Nova Scotia stock back in early September. This company has already paid me a dividend, and I decided to increase the forward dividend income that I’ll get from BNS. I purchased another 3 shares at an average cost of $47.04 when adding in the $4.95 transaction charge from TradeKing. This latest purchase will add an approximate  $6.57 to my annual dividend income (the foreign exchange rate will cause this to fluctuate). This additional income brings my estimated dividend income for the next 12 months up to $80.11. While this is not a massive amount of income, it would buy me about 4 hours of freedom next year if I were to figure that my work pays me an average of $20 an hour after taxes are taken out.  Increasing my capacity for earning money while in my pajamas is something that I’m looking forward to achieving.

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Stock Purchases and More Dividend Income

I had a bit of capital that came in over the past week, and as I’ve noted before, passive income is the best income. It really allows me to earn money in pajamas–day after day, week after week, month after month. The people who work for the various companies that I hold work around the world, and their products are sold 24 hours a day. This permits me to increase my capital over time as the dividends pay out and slowly grow. I put $21 to work in each of my Loyal3 holdings. I do not have to pay out any trading commissions when purchasing stocks through Loyal3 my total purchase was $105. My capital bought me the following partial shares and additional dividend income:

Company                                    Shares Purchased                            Additional Dividends

McDonald’s (MCD)                            0.1906                                                  $0.68

Kellogg’s (K)                                       0.3153                                                   $0.63

Coca-Cola (KO)                                  0.5013                                                  $0.66

Apple (AAPL)                                      0.1863                                                  $0.39

Wal-Mart (WMT)                                0.3675                                                  $0.72

I’ve decided that these were all good companies when I started investing earlier this year, and I’m sticking with my decision even with the recent concerns over Wal-Mart. I’m planning to be in this for the long haul, so I’m not planning to sell unless a dividend is cut. My goal is to get about $500 in capital invested in each of my companies before adding another (although I might diversify more if I find another company that’s a great deal). When adding up the additional dividend income that I’ve added with this latest purchase, I come up with $3.08 in additional dividend income. Apple has a lower yield, but with the massive amounts of cash that the company produces and has on hand, I’m of the opinion that they should be able to grow this dividend extensively over time. Otherwise, I would have had a few more cents.

This additional $3.08 on an annualized basis brings my estimated yearly dividend earnings for the next 12 months to $73.53. Considering that I had an estimated $0 coming in just about four months ago makes me reasonably happy with this big increase. I’ve already set another record for monthly dividend income this month, and I hope to see it grow so that I’m earning more and more in pajamas every quarter (because the income is a bit uneven based upon when my companies pay). Have you made any investments lately? How much passive income have they provided?

October 2015 Passive Dividend Earnings

Another month has come and gone. The cool mornings of October are turning colder into November. Christmas is just around the corner. All the while, I’m earning money without having to work for it. I’m working, but a growing portion of my income is coming from passive income, which is the best kind of income. I work to earn money, and then I put a portion of the money to work for me to create more income that requires absolutely no more error that making a few clicks in my brokerage accounts. My earnings to this point have been quite small, but they are growing. And they should continue to grow over time. I find it really exciting when dividends hit my account. They provide additional capital that I can put to work that can add to the process of compounding over the next couple of decades. Hopefully, they will add up to quite a bit of income by the time I hit retirement age. So, without dragging on any further, I’ll give you the rundown of my income for the month of October.

Two companies paid me dividends in October. They were:

Coca-Cola (KO) $1.61

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) $1.60

Total for October $3.21

Total for 2015: $5.83

October set a record for my short dividend income portfolio history. My earnings from KO went into a purchase of WalMart stock in my Loyal3 account. My shares of BNS are held in a TradeKing account that allows for automatic dividend reinvestment. My DRIP bought me an additional 0.029 share of BNS stock that should add $0.06 to my dividend income (should the exchange rate between US and Canadian currencies remain the same. I was only able to purchase $1.24 in BNS stock after a 15 percent hit to my dividend for Canadian taxes. Regardless, my dividend income is taking an upward slant over time, and November promises to be even larger than the $0.64 that I earned from Apple in August because I’ve added 10 shares of AT & T to my portfolio that will pay out in November as well. My portfolio now holds a total of 8 stocks that have anywhere between around $40 and $330 invested in them. Hopefully, I have enough capital available in November to add to my portfolio and my expected passive income going forward.

More Passive Dividend Income–RDS.B

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go shopping again. I didn’t buy anything that is tangible, but something that can provide tangible benefits, hopefully for literally decades to come. I bought some more partial ownership in a company that’s provided stable or growing dividends since World War II.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDS.B) is a company that I already owned a small stake in, but I was able to double my stake in the company with a purchase of 3 shares at a price of $54.49 per share with the $4.95 per trade fee that TradeKing charges. While Shell just posted a pretty big loss in the billions in the last quarter, much of this was related to writeoffs that are intended to position the company for future profitability. I personally do not believe that oil will remain at current levels forever and that the return of higher oil prices will lead to some pretty good profits for major oil companies like Shell.

I did not, however, buy the stock because of expected capital gains. I bought it for the $3.76 dividend that each share provides on an annualized basis. That means that each share that I own will pay me passive income of $0.94 each and every quarter. Shell has promised to keep the dividend in tact for the next year at least, and with its 70-year record of not cutting dividends, many analysts believe that the payout is safe in the short run.  I am among those who believe this.

I’ve noted frequently that passive income is the best income, and I truly believe this. A purchase that I make today could theoretically return more money than the initial purchase every year a within a few decades. That’s a powerful example of the time value of money. Therefore, I’m purchasing stocks for the dividends that they provide. This latest purchase of RDS.B is no different. The three shares that I was able to get should add $11.28 to my annual income, and I’ll have to do no additional work over the next year to benefit from this purchase.

My latest purchase brings my total expected annual dividend up to $69.86. This is nearly $6 per month, and if looking at the income as an attempt to buy time away from work, my dividends should allow me to take 3.5 hours off from work (at an estimated $20 per hour). This might not seem like much, but about three months ago, my expected dividend income was a big, fat goose egg–zero, zilch, nada. I’ll earn this money in my pajamas each night, in my swimming shorts over the summer, and in my business casual clothes during most of the year. The companies that I’ve invested in will continue to make money around the world at all hours of the day and night, and I think that’s pretty awesome. Over time, I believe that dividend income should be able to provide quite a bit of supplemental income in retirement (or even allow for a bit of an early retirement if I can accumulate enough of them.

More Passive Dividend Income – WMT

I got a belated birthday present this week. It was $20, and I decided to put it to work in my Loyal3 account, which allows for stock purchases with as little as $10. I also had a little over $2 in the account from some passive dividend income that I’d made earlier. This meant that I had $22 to put to work this morning (Loyal3 only allows purchases in whole dollar amounts). WalMart has been hit pretty hard lately, and it’s going for a relatively low P/E ratio that’s less than 14. Its dividend yield is around 2.9 percent at this point, which is well above its historical average. Since I’d already started a position in WMT, I decided that it was a good place for my money.

Therefore, I decided to purchase $22 worth of WalMart stock. This small amount added 0.3332 shares at a cost of $66.02. This also adds a bit of income to my estimated dividend income. While $0.65 might not seem like much, the $0.65 here and $5 there of additional that dividend growth investing provides can really grow to a substantial amount over time. This admittedly small addition brings my estimated 12-month forward dividend total to $58.58, although I’m guessing that this should go up in relatively short order as WalMart and a few other companies that I own should be raising their dividend payments. I should also start to DRIP the stocks that are in my TradeKing account. Frontier Communications is the only company that DRIPs in the Loyal3 stable, and I don’t anticipate initiating a position in FTR at any time in the near future.