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December 2016 Passive Dividend Income

2016 is nearly in the books. It’s now officially December 31, and all of my dividend payments for the month, and year, have posted to my various accounts. I can’t believe that it’s been more than a year and a half since I first started the process of purchasing dividend-paying stocks in an attempt to increase passive income over time. As I’ve noted on more than one occasion, I truly believe that passive income is the best income. The more passive income that I have coming in, the better my cash flow, and the better my ability to retire one day will be.

I earn dividend payments no matter what I’m doing in a given month. I’m currently on a trip to visit relatives for the holidays. I’ve had some passive income show up in my accounts while on the road. I’ve read several personal finance blogs that have effectively stated that your money can work harder than you can. This is decidedly NOT the case for me at present, but over time, if I’m able to continue the process of saving and investing in companies that pay me, I’ll be able to have money that works harder than me.

View from CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta
A view that I’d like to see in (hopefully) early retirement.

How is this possible, you might ask? I get tired. I have to sleep for hopefully somewhere around 6-7 hours every night and then take a nap on some afternoons. The money that I’ve deployed doesn’t have to sleep. I own shares of McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Unilever, and these companies sell their wares all over the world in just about every time zone that’s inhabited. Therefore, while I’m sleeping, my companies keep on making money for me, a small percentage of which will come to me in the form of dividends. I occasionally get sick. My companies still make money and pay me from their income. It’s a pretty good deal, if you ask me. In the month of December, I did better than I’ve ever done. Without dragging on the suspense any longer, here are the payments that I received in December:

Taxable Accounts:

Starbucks (SBUX)                                                                  $0.68
Unilever PLC (UL)                                                                 $0.26
McDonald’s (MCD)                                                             $2.10
Coca-Cola (KO)                                                                      $2.14
Kraft-Heinz (KHC)                                                               $0.86
Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDS.A)                                    $0.42

IRA

Southern Co. (SO)                                                             $11.20

401(k)

JP Morgan Equity Income R5 (OIERX)                  $8.11
Cohen and Steers Realty Shares (CSRSX)         $40.99

TOTAL Dividend Income in December:          $66.76

This total of $66.76 was by far and away my highest dividend income ever in a single month. I had not been including income from my 401(k) account, but decided that there were dividends coming in through it and that it would be a good idea to include it since I’m tracking dividend income. The dividend income that I reported last year was only $9.67. Had I included my 401(k) income, it would have raised that amount to $29.55.  My December 2016 income therefore more than doubled over the amount I received the previous year.

My income of $66.76 for December increases my total dividend income for the year to $241.61 if I go back and add in my 401k dividends for the year that I’ve not reported previously. These came to a total of $81.57. The $241.61 was slightly more than $20 a month on average, which would allow my to take off about one hour each month. My estimated dividend income for the coming year of 2017 is now up to $281.24 in my taxable and IRA accounts that I manage myself. I will not add in the estimated income from the 401(k) account at this point, because I have no idea how much it will be because of variations in the payouts that can be expected from mutual funds. If I estimated the same dividend income from the 401(k) in 2017; however, that would put my forward income at more than $360, or 18 hours when thinking of how much work I would have to replace in a given year at a wage of $20/hour. This is nowhere near enough to pay for my lifestyle, but its much more than the $0 that I was making just 18 short months ago.  I’ve updated my monthly dividend income earnings page to reflect my December earnings.

How was your dividend income in December? Feel free to let me know in the comments.  If you’d like to keep up with my progress, be sure to go to the top of the page and sign up for updates. Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter.  I appreciate any support that you decide to give. Happy New Year.

Disclaimers: Long SBUX, UL, MCD, KO, KHC, SO; I am not a financial professional. Information listed in this post does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell. It is intended for educational and informational purposes only. Equities can increase or decrease in value, and losses up to and including all money invested can occur. Consult with a licensed professional before making an investment decisions. 

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?

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?

September 2015 Passive Dividend Earnings

I’ve been putting capital to work over the past couple of months in an attempt to really earn money in pajamas. Stock pay dividends on a regular basis no matter what I do. I could watch TV, sleep, and eat all day long, every day, and the ownership stakes that I’ve paid for in my companies would still pay out. Last month, I gave my first dividend earnings report. I earned a whopping $0.64 from a small dividend from Apple (AAPL). This month, a couple of great companies paid me for owning a small sliver of their operations. My dividend earnings  for September were:

WalMart (WMT): $0.69

McDonald’s (MCD): $1.29

These companies paid me $1.98, which adds up to just more than $0.03 per day. That might not seem like much, but with any luck that will add up to a dollar per day over the relatively near future. That $1 will then multiply to $2, and then $10 each day. All that’s needed is time and more capital to put to work. The best thing about this money is that it comes in without my doing any additional work than the work that I put in to get the initial capital to invest. It’s like a snowball that’s adding a little bit each quarter going forward.

With my earnings from August added in, I’ve now reached $2.62 in dividends this year. I’ve already earned my first dividend for October, as Coca-Cola (KO) has already paid out their third quarter dividend. I should also get a dividend from the Bank of Nova Scotia at the end of the month. October should be another record-breaking month, even though I’m not likely to pay for much more than the dollar menu at McDonald’s with my earnings. From this point forward, my income should start really picking up, though. Passive income is the best income.

Stock Purchase–K

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As I’ve noted before, the best form of income is passive income. This is income that truly comes in while you’re at work, on the road, watching TV, sleeping, eating, or basically anything else. This is the ultimate method of earning money in pajamas. As I’ve just started buying stock in the past month or so, I decided to use some excess cash to buy a bit of stock via my Loyal3 account.

While my previous purchases were a bit larger, I did not have the access to a similar amount of money for this particular purchase (although I might be making a fairly sizable buy in the next week or so in an account that charges for trades). Although I did not hit the major drop well, I figured that time in the market is better than trying to time the market. Regardless, Loyal3 only makes trades in a couple of batches a day, so getting the absolute best price is unlikely.

I had already set up positions in KO, AAPL, WMT, and MCD. I figured that these are some of the biggest companies in the world. As I’ve noted, I’ve actually utilized a couple of these while outside the good ol’ USA. This purchase expanded my portfolio to 5 positions. I decided to put $25 toward Kellogg’s (K). The good news is that $0.64 of this was actually dividend income that I received earlier this month, which means that my dividends are starting to get put to use, albeit on a very small scale. I’ve eaten a number of Kellogg cereals, and I frequently eat Pop Tarts for breakfast. Like Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, Kellogg’s is basically available around the world. I’ve bought Pop Tarts to eat for breakfast while in Aruba and Honduras. Pringles potato crisps are also a brand that Kellogg’s sports that is popular in many parts of the world.

While $200 got me nearly 5 shares of KO, my $25 got me substantially less when it came to purchasing K. I now own 0.3741 shares of the cereal giant. According to NASDAQ, the P/E ratio is is estimated to be in the 17 range for the next couple of years (for what it’s worth). I’m hoping to add similar amounts to my recent purchase over the next couple of months to build up my position to $100 or $150, which would be close to my other positions. The dividend yield that I locked in for this purchase was just south of 3% at 2.97%, as the current annual dividend is $2.00 per share. My 0.3741 shares will add right around 75 cents to my annual estimated dividend income. With my previous purchases this year, my estimated annual dividend income should now be around $19.03. This is just more than a buck fifty per month. I’ll definitely need more than this to aid in retirement, but small steps can add up to big nest eggs over time.  A couple of months ago, my estimated dividend income was a big, fat goose egg. $1.50 is literally an infinite improvement over 0 in my goal of earning money in pajamas.