This was a pretty low month for dividends, but I still saw a significant increase year over year. Things are almost completely back to normal for me now. I’m back at work and finally starting to catch up. I bought a truck last month and have yet to sell my car, so when that happens I should be in pretty good shape again.
Dividend Increases: 2 Increases
Johnson & Johnson increased their dividend from $0.80 to $0.84. This was a 5.00% increase. This will earn me an extra $1.60 annually.
Air Prod Chem. increased their dividend from $0.86 to $0.95. This was a 10.46% increase. This will earn me an extra $3.96 annually.
Together these two increases will earn me an extra $5.56/annually or $0.46/monthly with no extra money invested.
These are all the companies that paid me dividends in April amounting to $45.33.
My dividends year over year in April increased from $28.25 to $45.33. This was a 60.46% increase year over year!
I’ve been planning a portfolio rearrange for awhile now and I decided to make the changes this month. I’ve sold almost half of my old stocks and invested in new companies. This isn’t my investing style at all, but I did a thorough analysis of my entire portfolio and I wasn’t happy with how it was looking. I shifted my entire portfolio much more towards dividend growth rather than current yield. During this change I lost about $100 in annual dividends. This was a sacrifice I was willing to take because I know the growth I will see going forward will make up for the small difference today.
I was behind 10 contributions last month and now I’m behind 11 contributions, totaling $4,840. Buying the truck last month kind of tapped me out and I wasn’t able to contribute from one of my paychecks last month. I should be able to make up one contribution next month and bring it back down to $4,400 behind. I’m hoping that my car will sell next month so that I can use some of that money to catch up some. I also have some side jobs coming up this month so I’m hoping I can catch up even further.
I also have a big rental property investment in the works. I don’t want to get into too much detail until it’s closer to fruition, so stay tuned for that!
Rental Property: $650
I received $650 in rent for April.
How did your portfolio perform in April?