Yesterday was September 30, which means that today is a new month. Now that it’s October, I can review the month that was and calculate the dividend income that I earned over the course of the month. This is usually my favorite post of the month, because it keeps me accountable and motivated to see a growing stream of passive income going into the future. As I’ve said many times, passive income is the best income. The third month of the quarter tends to be heavy on the dividend side for most investors who focus on income. This has to do with when the companies that pay out the dividends decide to reward their shareholders.
I put $156 of additional capital to work in my Loyal3 account during the month of September. $145 of this was new capital, while $11 was a deployment of accumulated dividend income into Unilever (UL) stock. I noted this small purchase in my post about using dividend income to buy more dividend income. I did not add any new capital to my TradeKing account, but there was a reinvestment, which I’ll get into below. I did make a purchase in an IRA, and I’ll be discussing this new account I’ve opened in future months.
Without further ado, here are the companies that paid me during the month of September:
Wal-Mart (WMT): $3.65
Unilever (UL): $0.17
Kellogg’s (K): $0.75
McDonald’s (MCD): $3.96
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B): $10.34
TOTAL for September 2016: $18.87
This total was a new monthly record, albeit, it was only $0.05 more than the amount I received in June. Part of the reason for this was a strange method that TradeKing used to pay out the RDS.B dividend in June. They paid out in RDS.A shares, but it then seemed that they cashed those out because they went up in value. I earned more than $11.00 in June, when I expected only $10.34. I’m not complaining by any stretch, but it does explain why there was only a small increase. My most recent dividend from RDS.B bought me an additional 0.206 shares in RDS.A through the dividend reinvestment.
With my September dividends, I am now up to $101.93 in dividend income for the year. My forward dividend income for the next 12 months should be right around $228.79, which is nearly $20 per month. That means that I’m just about to the point where I could replace one hour of work each month from my dividend income alone. In the year-to-year comparison, I earned $16.89 more than I did during the same month last year. This was an increase of 853 percent over just one year, not quite as high as my year-over-year increase for August, but I must say that I’m thrilled with this increase. Hopefully by this time next year, I’ll be way ahead of where I currently am in terms of passive dividend income. How was your dividend income over the past year?
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Disclosure: I am long all stocks mentioned.
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed financial professional. Be sure to do due diligence before investing in securities. This article is not a recommendation to buy a specific company. It is only for educational/entertainment purposes.