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Dividend Portfolio Update: November 2017

This was a great month as far as dividends, but not so great as far as growth goes. GE cut their dividend in half which halted all growth that my portfolio would have seen this month. My monthly dividends basically remained flat between the cut and my contributions as well as one dividend increase. This goes to show how important it is to be diversified. If I had more money invested in GE it would’ve hurt my portfolio much more.

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These are all the companies that paid me dividends in November amounting to $164.82.

I received $5.82 from dividends in my Roth IRA this month. This brings my yearly total to $226.00 and puts my monthly average for the year at $20.55. I still have one more big month for my Roth coming in December!

My dividends year over year in November increased from $102.66 to $164.82. This was a 60.55% increase year over year. For 2017, my average monthly year over year increase is now at 97.57% (excluding January’s 3,558%)!


I received a total of $920.90 from dividends in 2016. I’m currently at $1,368.29  this year which is 148.58% of 2016’s total. It’s pretty cool to know that I’ll have received over 50% more dividends in 2017 than in 2016.

My total annual dividends decreased this month from $1,478.67 to $1,478.25, while my average monthly dividends decreased from $123.22 to $123.19. This was a 0.02% decrease month to month. For 2017, my average month to month increase is now at 1.49%, my portfolio overhaul had a large impact on this number, it would be around 2.39% excluding April, so I expect to be closer to that number next year.

General Electric had a huge dividend cut this month which drastically affected my dividend growth this month. While it’s unfortunate, it’s the first cut I’ve encountered and it really didn’t do too much damage. As you can see, my monthly dividends basically remained flat (-$0.04). Obviously, I would much rather see some growth, but it’s really not so bad. I would like to get out of my position in GE at some point in the future but it seems to have bottomed out for now so I’m just holding for the time being. I expect next month to be much better.

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November 3: Purchased 5 shares of PEP at $110.34 for a total of $551.70.

November 17: Purchased 4 shares of UPS at $113.20 for a total of $452.80.

November 17: Purchased 1 share of KO at $45.90 for a total of $45.90.

November 29: Purchased 3 shares of MA at $146.37 for a total of $439.11.



No sells this month.


Total: $880.00

Dividend Increases/Decreases: 1 Increase/ 1 Decrease

Vectren increased their quarterly dividend payout from $0.42 to $0.45 per share. This was a 7.14% increase and will earn me an extra $3.48/annually or $0.29/monthly.

General Electric decreased their quarterly dividend payout from $0.24 to $0.12 per share. This was a 50% decrease and I will lose $34.08/annually or $2.84/monthly.

These two combined for a loss of $37.56/annually or $3.13/monthly.


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 $0.17 down from $0.50 last month. The decrease from GE really dropped this number down. 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 $1.74. 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 November.

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 also haven’t contributed anything to my Roth IRA for the year yet, so that’s another $5,500 that I need to come up with. We still haven’t closed on the three properties so I’m hesitant to tap into my savings until we do.

Here are all my other monthly Dividend Portfolio Updates if you want to catch up!

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



Rental Property Update: October 2017

I apologize for the late post I’ve been very busy the past couple weeks. This was a pretty good month for my owner occupied rental property. My father and I still haven’t closed on the three properties we’re partnering on. I would be pretty surprised if we actually closed by the end of November. With the holiday this week I’m not convinced the lawyers will be working too hard on our closing. Possibly the week after but I really don’t see that happening, I’m expecting the first or second week of December.

As of October, it now costs me an average of $195.09 to own/live in this rental property. I paid my typical $60.78 additional on the principal. I still would like to pay more towards the principal but I’m still hesitant to make any changes to any of my finances until we do finally close on the next three properties.

My utility bill has continued it’s downward trend which I’m very happy about. I informed my tenant that the rent will be increasing from $650 to $675 come February. I haven’t given her the new lease to sign yet but I assume there will be no issues there. I didn’t have any miscellaneous expenses this month which is always nice. Aside from last month when I received my STAR rebate, this was actually the best month I’ve had since April.

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It’s pretty cool to know that most months I could live in this house for less than $200 per month, especially if I didn’t pay any extra towards the mortgage. It sure beats paying $800+ per month to live in a single family home. I originally started writing these posts anticipating closing on the three other houses, which would give you guys a lot more data to look at as well as a better picture on what a rental property might cost you (or make you). With the delayed closing it has just been updates on my owner occupied property but I still feel that it’s valuable and I will forever stand by my opinion that it is absolutely worth buying a multi family for your first home.

This house doesn’t make money with me living in it, but it still saves me a ton of money every month. I would have a lot less money and very little equity in this house if it were a single family. If I didn’t live here this house would probably average somewhere between $600-$650 per month in profit. If I put all that towards the mortgage from day one the house would be paid off in exactly 6 years. Here are all my monthly rental property updates to date if you would like to catch up!

Net Worth Update: October 2017 +$1,148

Not the best month for my net worth but it went up and that’s enough to keep me happy. My net worth is very much dependent on what the market is doing so a good month for the market means a good month for my net worth. My high savings rate helps to counter act bad months for the market.

For those wondering, I use  Personal Capital to help track my net worth and I highly recommend giving it a shot (it’s completely free). You can link all your accounts and it does all the work for you. It also gives you access to a bunch of really cool tools, like the investment checkup tool.


My home value stayed the same at $100,000.

My truck value decreased from $7,463 to $7,261. -202

Total: -$202

Investment Accounts

Robinhood account increased from $44,181 to $44,747. +$566

Roth IRA increased from $14,780 to $14,986. +206

457b increased from $7,122 to $7,652. +$530

NYS retirement account increased from $3,595 to $3,683. +$88

Total: +$1,390


My cash decreased from $8,899 to $8,799.

Total: -$100


Total assets increased from $186,128 to $187,128. +$1,000


My mortgage decreased from $59,003 to $58,855.

Total: -$148

My net worth heading into November is $128,273 up from $127,125 last month! This was a $1,148 increase or a 0.90% increase.


My year over year net worth increased by 105.31%! That is, $62,476 last October to $128,273 this October. I can only hope to see this kind of growth by this time next year.

I recently found all my old net worth data dating back to January 2016. As you can see by the chart, I was spotty in recording it. I’ve found that tracking my net worth motivates me even further to increase it. So, I will continue to do so and track the results. Since I’ve began tracking my net worth again I haven’t had a single month where it has went down. Again, I encourage everyone to track their net worth and Personal Capital is a great tool to help you do so.

Here are the rest of my monthly net worth updates if you want to check them out!


I think it’s important to track my age and where I fall percentage wise in my age group as well. I just turned 24 years old and my net worth puts me in the 96th percentile. I was playing around with the calculator and it looks like I should be able to break into the 97th percentile before I turn 25! That’s pretty cool to me, though once I do turn 25 I enter the 25-29 age group and I drop way down.  Also, here’s the link that I use to calculate that.

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