September Dividend Income

After 34 years of clocking in and out of work and religiously saving at least 10% annually in my 401K every year, in good times and bad, I have decided to share my monthly dividend income to show what regular saving and investing can accomplish.

For the month of September I made $5,192.28; an increase of 38.31% versus this time last year. This marks the first time I have ever crossed the $5K so an awesome month on this front for sure.

In September I received four dividend raise announcements from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Artesian Resources (ARTNA), Lockheed Martin (LMT), and OGE Energy (OGE).  Of the four only the OGE raise was unexpected as I had forecasted a 3% raise, but they issued a 1.7% raise which was disappointing but a raise none the less.

On the home front my expenses have remained the same which means my savings rate has stayed steady at 24.9%.  I have no pics or adventures for the month. September is tough month as we sadly say goodbye to summer and its warm days, the swimming pool gets covered and winterized and of course the day becomes that much shorter as the sun sets so quickly.  The trees around my house are mostly green with a touch yellow, orange, or red on their edges, a sign that peak autumn foliage is just a few weeks away.

Enough of me droning on about the passing of another summer let’s see the things we all love to see…charts and dividend payouts:

DateSymbolCompanyAmount
9/1/21ALEALLETE INC$128.41
9/1/21PSXPHILLIPS 66$25.84
9/1/21SJMSMUCKER J M CO$10.45
9/2/21CMICUMMINS INC$40.46
9/2/21DFSDISCOVER FINANCIAL SERVICES$12.95
9/2/21VLOVALERO ENERGY CORP$35.28
9/3/21ENBENBRIDGE INC$236.19
9/7/21BLVVANGUARD BD INDEX FDS LONG TERM BOND$14.47
9/7/21JNJJOHNSON &JOHNSON$184.18
9/7/21PFEPFIZER INC$227.64
9/7/21SOSOUTHERN CO$66.14
9/7/21VCLTVANGUARD SCOTTSDALE FUNDS LONG-TERM COR$15.63
9/7/21WMTWALMART INC$14.48
9/8/21HYGISHARES TR IBOXX HI YD ETF$17.07
9/8/21PFFISHARES TR PFD AND INCM SEC$52.60
9/9/21MSFTMICROSOFT CORP$61.03
9/9/21UPSUNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC$227.87
9/10/21CVXCHEVRON CORP$22.61
9/10/21IBMINTERNATIONAL BUS MACH CORP$148.35
9/10/21ULUNILEVER PLC$14.84
9/10/21WBAWALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE INC$58.88
9/13/21MMM3M$57.77
9/13/21OGNORGANON &CO$5.60
9/15/21AVAAVISTA CORP$135.62
9/15/21EPREPR PROPERTIES$77.71
9/15/21FAFFIRST AMERICAN FINANCIAL CORP$163.33
9/15/21NWLNEWELL BRANDS INC$25.56
9/16/21DUKDUKE ENERGY CORP NEW COM NEW ISIN #US26$65.51
9/16/21PRUPRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL INC$482.40
9/16/21VTRSVIATRIS INC$7.75
9/17/21BHBBAR HARBOR BANKSHARES$48.64
9/17/21RRYDER SYSTEM INC$54.57
9/17/21WMWASTE MANAGEMENT INC$41.50
9/20/21CMPCOMPASS MINERALS INTERNATIONAL INC$137.52
9/23/21PSECPROSPECT CAP CORP$155.54
9/23/21QCOMQUALCOMM INC$160.93
9/24/21BPBP PLC$8.59
9/24/21KHCKRAFT HEINZ CO$9.39
9/24/21LMTLOCKHEED MARTIN CORP$18.27
9/27/21NUSIETF SER SOLUTIONS NATIONWIDE RSK$12.77
9/29/21BEPBROOKFIELD RENEWABLE PARTNERS$266.34
9/29/21BEPCBROOKFIELD RENEWABLE CORP$66.52
9/29/21TROWPRICE T ROWE GROUPS$16.88
9/30/21ARCCARES CAPITAL CORP$502.58
9/30/21AVGOBROADCOM INC$7.25
9/30/21CTOCTO RLTY GROWTH INC$55.10
9/30/21GATXGATX CORP$53.15
9/30/21GRMNGARMIN$67.89
9/30/21NEWTNEWTEK BUSINESS SVCS CORP$744.23
9/30/21PEPPEPSICO INC$55.66
9/30/21WEYSWEYCO GROUP INC$25.38
9/30/21M1 FinanceM1 DIVIDEND GROWTH ACCOUNT$46.96

Buys and Sells for the Week 9/24

Received two dividend raises this week. First was Artesian Resources (ARTNA) with a 2.5% raise which sounds small but they gave me a 1.5% earlier this year so total is 4%. The second dividend raise was Lockheed Martin (LMT) with a 7.7% raise and was slightly above my predicted 7%. I also saw McDonalds (MCD) dole out a 7% raise which I don’t own but my son does so kudos for him.

Kept my trading very light this week. Holding out a bit from buying to see where all the debt ceiling debate goes and if it will impact markets. Here are my trades for the week:

  1. Unilever (UL) – increased position – Wished I caught Monday’s share price but I’ll take what I got. Grabbed 2 shares @ $54.55 and a 3.67% yield.
  2. JM Smucker (SJM) – increased position – When it drops below $120/share I’ll nibble. Grabbed 1 shares @ $119.63 for a 3.31% yield.

Buys and Sells for the Week 9/17

Week started nicely with Microsoft (MSFT) issuing a 10.7% raise.

Markets continued on their slow journey of going down and wall street experts are declaring we are experiencing a rolling correction (a correction of one sector at a time) and I agree as quite few stocks are more than 10% off their 52 week high which is creating some buying opportunities. Here are my trades for the week:

  1. Lockheed Martin (LMT) – increased position – Every week the price gets better. Grabbed 1 share @ $346.84 and 1 share @ $342.90 for a 2.97% yield.
  2. Leggett and Platt (LEG) – increased position – When it drops below $47/share I’ll nibble. Grabbed 4 shares @ $46.60 for a 3.61% yield.
  3. Merck (MRK) – increased position – Not sure how long this will stay in the low 70s. Grabbed 2 shares @ $72.22 and a 3.60% yield.
  4. Unilever (UL)  – increased position – Selling pressure from state pension funds over Ben N Jerrys keeping the stock price down. Grabbed 3 shares @ $54.53 and 3 shares @ $54.01 and a 3.70% yield
  5. AbbVie (ABBV)  – increased position – Keep adding to this 1 share at a time. Grabbed 1 share @ $107.19 and a 4.85% yield.
  6. Verizon (VZ)  – increased position – Working on getting this to a triple digit payout in the 2nd month of a quarter so every share helps and still a ways to go. Grabbed 3 shares @ $54.28 and a 4.72% yield.

Buys and Sells for the Week 9/10

Markets with consecutive days of loses finally relaxing some share prices. Here are my trades for the week:

  1. Leggett and Platt (LEG) – increased position – Got this early in the week at a decent price. Grabbed 4 shares @ $46.30 for a 3.63% yield.
  2. Merck (MRK) – increased position – This was a Friday buy as markets continued to drop. Grabbed 2 shares @ $73.21 for a 3.55% yield.
  3. AbbVie (ABBV) – increased position – Friday prices are being so kind. Grabbed 2 shares @ $106.60 and a 4.88% yield.
  4. Verizon (VZ)  – increased position – Yet another Friday deal. Grabbed 3 shares @ $54.39 and a 4.71% yield

August Dividend Income

After 34 years of clocking in and out of work and religiously saving at least 10% annually in my 401K every year, in good times and bad, I have decided to share my monthly dividend income to show what regular saving and investing can accomplish.

For the month of August I made $2,641.65; an increase of 25.12% versus this time last year. This is well above my required 12.5% and hopefully it continues in the months ahead.

In August I received two large dividend raise announcements from First American Financial (FAF) 10.86% and Williams-Sonoma (WSM) 20%.  The WSM raise was particularly sweet because they already issued a double digit raise back in March.

On the home front my expenses have remained the same which means my savings rate has stayed steady at 24.9%.  Our backyard movie nights ran into a snag when a critter that looks like the one below decided to crash the party.  Wish I had a video of 4 adults running in the dark to get away from the skunk with a movie playing on the background.

We also took some time out to visit the mansions in Newport Rhode Island.  This was my first time touring a mansion and I was floored by the size and lavish finishes.  We toured the smallest of the mansions which came in at 30,000ft2 complete with polished marble, massive chandeliers and 6ft fireplaces.  The most impressive thing to me was the massive veranda over-looking the ocean.

Overall, another great month for dividend raises, a few stock buys, and fun with the family.

DateSymbolCompanyAmount
8/2/21GISGENERAL MILLS INC$88.25
8/2/21TAT&T INC$624.04
8/2/21VZVERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC$62.92
8/5/21BLVVANGUARD BD INDEX FDS LONG TERM BOND$14.46
8/5/21VCLTVANGUARD SCOTTSDALE FUNDS LONG-TERM COR$15.83
8/6/21HYGISHARES TR IBOXX HI YD ETF$17.50
8/6/21PFFISHARES TR PFD AND INCM SEC$51.97
8/9/21APDAIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS INC$33.82
8/13/21OHIOMEGA HEALTHCARE INVESTORS INC$722.72
8/16/21ABBVABBVIE INC$190.12
8/16/21EPREPR PROPERTIES$77.71
8/16/21HASHASBRO INC$34.70
8/16/21PGPROCTER AND GAMBLE CO$113.48
8/19/21PSECPROSPECT CAP CORP$155.54
8/20/21ARTNAARTESIAN RES CORP$194.89
8/24/21FASTFASTENAL$11.41
8/25/21ISBCINVESTORS BANCORP INC$37.70
8/27/21ODCOIL DRI CORP OF AMERICA$21.12
8/27/21WSMWILLIAMS-SONOMA INC$10.69
8/30/21NUSINATIONWIDE RISK-MANAGED INCOME ETF$12.98
8/31/21SBRASABRA HEALTHCARE REIT INC$86.04
8/31/21M1 FinanceM1 DIVIDEND GROWTH ACCOUNT$63.76

Buys and Sells for the Week 9/3

September was off to a quick start as Verizon (VZ) gave me an expected 2% raise. My brokerage account ran out of cash but my IRA still has a few dollars to invest. Let’s keep it going; here are my trades for the week:

  1. Unilever (UL) – increased position –Inflation fears continue to keep consumer stock prices low. Grabbed 7 shares $54.86 for a 3.35% yield.
  2. Leggett & Platt (LEG) – increased position – My allocation to the industrial sector is so under-represented, pullbacks in share price are always welcome. Grabbed 4 shares $47.89 for a 3.51% yield.