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September 2016 Passive Dividend Income

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.

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June 2016 Passive Dividend Earnings

Another month has come and gone, and I made some money in pajamas during June 2016. While I do quite a bit of work from home (or on the road) most months, my goal is to get a higher percentage of that income to come from passive sources. The biggest source of passive income that I’ve decided to work on is income via dividends. These payments from quality companies generally come in on a quarterly basis, and they provide me with additional capital to put toward additional stock in high-quality companies that I already own or that I have on my wants list.

My money can work harder than I can over time. I have to put in effort to earn money, but I have a limited number of hours in the day that I can actually work. My money can work day after day after day, 24 hours a day, 265 days a year. While I have a relatively small trickle coming in these days, I am planning to see this tiny stream grow into a rushing river of dollars in the future. It might take several years to get there, but if I’m able to continue on this path that I’ve started, I fully anticipate that my goals can be reached. The companies that I own paid me on several occasions last month, and without further ado, here is the passive dividend income that I didn’t have to work to earn in the month of June:

Unilever PLC (UL)                                $0.08

Wal-Mart (WMT)                                 $3.02

Kellogg (K)                                                $0.72

McDonald’s (MCD)                            $3.40

Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDS.B)    $11.63

TOTAL DIVIDEND INCOME FOR JUNE 2016     $18.82

This dividend income might not seem like a massive amount, but it is a record for me. My previous high for a month was back in March, when I received $13.62 from my dividend-paying stocks. This was a 38% increase over just the past three months. This income brings up my total annual dividend earnings up to $61.61. I am now up to averaging a cool $10 per month in dividend income, and I’ve almost passed the $20 mark for a single month. I measure my progress by the number of hours of work that I could theoretically take off were I to replace work with passive income. My estimated annual dividend income at this point is up to $147.57, which is right around 7.5 hours were I to figure that I need to replace $20 per hour (after taxes and retirement contributions that would no longer come out). In June, I could have almost taken off an hour of work at this rate. My hope is that this will only continue to grow over time.

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.

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March 2016 Passive Dividend Income

The month of March has ended, and it’s one of my most favorite times of the month–time to update my monthly dividend income. My previous monthly record was just a whisker shy of reaching double figures (a Hamilton in US currency terms), and as the third month of the quarter seems to be the most popular for companies that pay out dividends, I was expecting to finally hit this level for the first time, about eight months after receiving my first dividend payment of a whopping $0.64 from Apple back in August. The month’s payments did not disappoint. Here they are:

Kellogg’s (K)                               $0.57

McDonald’s (MCD)                   $2.71

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B)      $10.34

TOTAL dividend income for March 2016:     $13.62 

Dividend income for 2016:                               $24.38

This total might not seem like much, but it’s money that I didn’t have to work for. It’s also $13.62 more than I was making in passive income just 8 months ago. Over time, this money should start to add up. My payment from Shell went toward DRIPping 0.23 shares in RDS.A. I’m not sure why it went toward the A shares as opposed to the B shares, but this additional purchase should add $0.86 toward my annualized dividend income, which is now estimated at $124.18. Dividend income is passive income, which is the best type of income. My other dividends are sitting in my Loyal3 account waiting to be deployed when I reach $10 or more so that I can diversify into another great company. This should happen next week after April payments from Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart.

During the month of March, I also added $25 purchases toward Apple and Wal-Mart stock in my Loyal3 account and 4 additional whole shares of AT & T in my TradeKing account. These purchases are additional building blocks toward financial freedom. You can open a TradeKing account here and receive a $50 bonus for signing up, funding an account, and making a minimum number of trades.  Some of my capital for stock purchases comes from my use of SwagBucks. Every time I get $25 in PayPal cash from SwagBucks, I transfer it to my bank and then one of my brokerage accounts. You can sign up for SwagBucks here. I earn money just for searching and watching videos, and it’s money I earn while simultaneously watching TV–definitely an example of maximizing time to earn money in pajamas.

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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?

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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.

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More Passive Dividend Income – T

Today, I had the opportunity to put some more capital to work toward some more passive dividend income that I can earn while in pajamas. I had $150 in additional capital that went into my TradeKing account this morning, and I decided to put it to work. My only regret is that I had to put the money to work on a day that saw a big uptick in stock prices. Of course, prices could go up tomorrow too, and there’s no guarantee that they won’t be 5 percent higher by the end of the week or the month. Prices are volatile, so I decided to put the money to work today and lock in some dividends that should pay off early next month.

In September, I purchased 5 shares of telecommunications giant AT & T. I saw where the ex-dividend date was in two days. I was hoping to add to this position in the near term, so this made my decision a bit easier. Royal Dutch Shell PLC was the other stock on my radar today, and I might try to buy a bit more before their next ex-dividend date if I have some capital to put to work. I had enough to purchase an additional 5 shares of AT & T. My total cost for this transaction was $171.20 with the $4.95 TradeKing transaction fee added in. This purchase brings an additional $9.40 to my annual dividend income based upon the current dividend of $1.88 per share ($0.47 per quarter). I now own 10 shares, and I plan to DRIP the dividends into more shares of T at this point. If the price stays where it is, this should pay of in about 1/7 of another share in early November.

This is nearly $0.80 per month, and it brings my total dividend income to nearly $58 on an annualized basis–nearly $5 per month. This might not seem like much, but it’s a start. If I go based upon an estimate of earning $20 per hour (which is not what I make, but it’s near the average hourly wage for an average American with the favorable tax treatment that dividend payments for middle-class people receives). That means that I can take about 15 minutes off each month, or about 3 hours at the end of the year. Every $20 dollars of dividend income earns me another hour of freedom. And the best part of this income is that I have to do absolutely nothing more to earn it. This is passive income at its finest, and as I’ve noted before, passive income is the best income.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional investor. Please consult one before investing in securities. You can lose money on stocks. Past performance is no indicator of future results. 

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Stock Purchases

Last week, I wrote about the way I’ve earned money in pajamas with my first dividend in my passive income account. Passive income comes in whether I’m working or not. While I only earned $0.64 on my first earnings report, I’ve continued purchasing stock in some pretty strong companies the past week. I’ve been buying stocks through a Loyal3 account before this week.  I intend to continue buying the companies that Loyal3 services through their platform because of the fee-free structure. However, the biggest weakness with this broker is the fact that purchases are limited to the 65 companies that Loyal3 works with.

To broaden my horizons and purchase stocks that are not offered by Loyal3, I decided to open up an account with TradeKing, which is a low-cost online broker that allows users to make straight-up stock purchases for $4.95. They also offer options, but I am not comfortable utilizing this service at this point. Many passive income bloggers advocate saving up around a grand to minimize the cost. This is a good idea, but I had just $500 to invest after cashing in some US savings bonds that were purchased for me more than 20 years ago.  If I were to throw all of the funds that I had available at one stock on Loyal3 or on TradeKing, that would have put all of the money at risk if the one company I bought into were to go belly-up. I try to invest in solid companies with solid earnings and solid track records, but changes in the market can lead to crazy things like Bear Stearns becoming a non-entity in really short order.  I wanted to diversify quickly to cut down on the risk that comes from having all of one’s eggs in a single basket.

I threw between $150 and $200 into all of my Loyal3 holdings, with the exception of my latest purchase in Kellogg, which I am hoping to build to that level. I wanted to move into three different sectors of the economy that I had no exposure to. I wanted the companies to have a strong history of paying dividends. I also wanted to see that I was able to get stocks at a relatively good price after the recent drop in the market. The price/earnings ratio of each of these stocks is attractive based upon the broader market and based upon their own P/E ratio from earlier this year.

Oil and energy stocks have been hit hard in recent months as the Saudi government has been trying to squeeze American suppliers out of the market. I went back and forth between a purchase of Exxon-Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell. I decided to go with the latter. Shell (RDS.B) has not cut a dividend since World War II, and this includes all sorts of market conditions. With my $4.95 brokerage fee, I bought 3 shares at a total cost of $156.72, or just over $52 per share. The current annual dividend is $3.76 per share. I do not expect this to increase this year because of the market conditions in the energy sector. However, I also expect oil prices to rebound in the coming year or so.

via Wikimedia Commons, Ralf Roletschek, CC BY 3.0
via Wikimedia Commons, Ralf Roletschek, CC BY 3.0

My second purchase was in the financial sector. I decided to go with a Canadian Bank that started paying out dividends more than 25 years before the US Civil War started. The Bank of Nova Scotia has been paying investors since 1833, and they just announced an increase of their dividend to $0.70 in Canadian dollars per quarter. From what I’ve been reading, Canadian banks are more conservative than American banks because of regulatory requirements. Despite this conservative bent, the banks are quite profitable, and the “Big Six” Canadian Banks (a group that includes BNS) controls about 90 percent of the banking industry in our northern neighbor. BNS held their dividend steady during the 2007-2009 financial crisis, but they’ve been steadily increasing their payments to shareholders in the years since. I was able to purchase 3 shares, and with my brokerage fee, the total cost was $140.31. My 3 shares should bring approximately $2.19 per share in terms of the dividend payout, although this is subject to vary with fluctuations in the currency exchange rate.

My final purchase was an American telecom giant. AT &T (T) has been increasing dividends each year for more than three decades. They just purchased DirecTV, and along with Verizon, they are definitely a leader in the telecommunications industry. I went back and forth between VZ and T, and finally decided upon T. I purchased 5 shares of T, and these shares set me back $171.35. The annual dividend that AT & T pays out is currently $1.88 per share.

These three purchases give me international diversification in three solid companies from three different countries (four if you count the Anglo-Dutch nature of RDS.B). These companies have a strong history of rewarding their shareholders. They also gave me exposure to three different sectors of the economy. I chose to enroll in dividend reinvestment in each. Although my dividends will be small in the short term, each payment will go toward buying additional shares of these stocks. These partial shares will pay dividends as well, which will supercharge the rate of compounding. I don’t expect Shell to yield more than 7 percent for long, but in the short term, that should help me build my position a bit quicker than usual.

Combined, at the current payout rate, I should earn approximately $27.25 in additional dividends over the next year. This brings my annual total for expected passive income from dividends to $46.27, which is just under $4 per month. This is obviously well below my budget, but I plan to put additional capital to work and anticipate these companies increasing their dividends over time. I figure that I’ll need to supplement my retirement accounts and Social Security, and passive monthly income from dividends will be a great way to do just that. I now have positions in eight different companies, and I hope to build upon this in the future.

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