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Dividend Portfolio Update: August 2017

Another month with huge year over year growth for my dividend portfolio. This year has seen huge growth for my portfolio. I hope to continue to see this kind of growth going forward.

For those wondering how I make free trades and pay no commissions, I use Robinhood for my dividend portfolio. If you want to sign up, use my link and we’ll both receive a free stock valued up to $150.

List Of Dividends Paid By Each Company

These are all the companies that paid me dividends in August amounting to $144.24.

Monthly Dividends Received From Roth IRA

I received $5.70 from dividends in my Roth IRA this month. I only receive large amounts of dividends at the end of the quarter in my Roth so this was a typical $5+/- month. Next month should be pretty good!

Monthly Dividends Received 2016 vs. 2017

My dividends year over year in August increased from $96.28 to $144.24. This was a 49.8% increase year over year. Another huge year over year gain for my dividend portfolio! For 2017, my average monthly year over year increase is now at 112.08%, pretty awesome! I would love to continue to see growth like this finishing out 2017.


Total Yearly Dividends 2016 vs. 2017

I received a total of $920.90 from dividends in 2016. I’m currently at $791.74  this year which is 85.97% of 2016’s total. I think next month my 2017 total will surpass 2016’s total and the following three months will be icing on the cake!

Dividend Portfolio Chart

My total annual dividends increased this month from $1,329.95 to $1,368.91, while my average monthly dividends increased from $110.83 to $114.07. This was a 2.92% increase month to month! For 2017, my average month to month increase is at $1.06%, my portfolio overhaul had a large impact on this number, it would be around 2.28% excluding April.


August 2: Purchased 3 shares of GE at $25.48 for a total of $76.44.

August 11: Purchased 6 shares of MO at $64.51 for a total of $387.06.

August 16: Purchased 2 shares of KO at $46.26 for a total of $92.52.

August 23: Purchased 6 shares of LOW at $72.36 for a total of $434.16.


No sells this month.


Total: $880.00

Dividend Increases: 2 Increases

Dover increased their dividend from $0.44 to $0.47. This was a 6.81% increase and will earn me an extra $2.04 annually or $0.17 monthly.

Altria increased their dividend from $0.61 to $0.66. This was a 8.19% increase and will earn me an extra $5.40 annually or $0.45 monthly.

Together these increases will earn me an extra $7.44 annually or $0.62 monthly with no additional money invested.

Organic Monthly Dividend Increases Chart

This chart shows my average monthly increases from organic dividend growth ( growth from companies increasing their dividend rather than growth from additional capital invested ). My average monthly organic increase for the year is now at $0.48. A goal of mine is to get my portfolio to the point to where my organic growth matches my growth from additional capital invested and then eventually surpasses it. For 2017, my average monthly growth from additional capital invested is at $0.73. This number is much, much lower than it should regularly be. My portfolio overhaul affected this number as well. Excluding April this number would be about $2.50, so that is my goal for organic growth as of now.

Rental Property: $650

I received $650 for rent in August.

We’re still waiting to close on the three rental properties we’re in contract for. It should happen by the end of September.

I’m still behind 11 contributions to my dividend portfolio totaling $4,840 from when I was injured at the start of this year. I have money saved up again that I could use to start catching up but I’m not sure exactly how much we’re going to need to close on the houses so I’m holding off for now. It’s been a pretty wild year for my financial situation between buying and moving into my own house and now with these three properties. After we close on these houses I expect things to start to normalize again and I’ll be able to start playing catch up. I still haven’t contributed anything to my Roth IRA for the year yet so I’m trying to figure out where that $5,500 is going to come from as well.

Leave a comment and let me know how August went for you! I look forward to hearing from all of you every month!






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  1. Wow this is great… I always look forward to your monthly updates on dividend portfolio and rental properties.
    I’ve started my own portfolio with dividend stocks, soon I’ll add a property. Keep up the great work

  2. John, I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time now. Many months ago, I stumbled onto your blog and it was the first time I’d heard of dividend growth investing. I went on a multi-day dive into the depths of dividend growth investing and the world of bloggers who share their progress. I will always think of yours as the one that got me headed down this path. I’ve now put together a portfolio of my own and am blogging about my own progress. Huge thanks, Dividend Dozer

    • Thanks for writing. I’m so glad I’ve inspired you to start on the path of DGI as well as blogging. I wish you all the best and I look forward to following your progress!

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