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Dividend Portfolio Update: May 2017


I had a great month for dividends and a good month in general. My year over year growth was huge this month! I’m still not caught up but I’m definitely back into the swing of things.

Dividend Increases: 2 Increases

Apple increased their dividend from $0.57 to $0.63. This was a 10.5% increase and will earn me an extra $1.20 annually.

Pepsi increased their dividend from $0.752 to $0.805. This was a 7% increase and will earn me an extra $2.97 annually.

Together these two increases will earn me an extra $4.17/annually or $0.34/monthly with no extra money invested. For 2017, May included, I’m averaging a $0.505/month increase with no further money invested.



These are all the companies that paid me dividends in May amounting to $116.40.


My dividends year over year in May increased from $45.60 to $116.40. This was a 155.26% increase year over year! I think June will be the first month this year that I don’t see year over year growth.


I received a total of $920.90 from dividends in 2016. I’m currently at $461.04 which is almost exactly half of my 2016 amount and there’s more than half the year left. I’m excited to watch this number surpass my 2016 total.


My total annual dividends increased from $1,207.618 to $1,239.80, while my average monthly dividends increased from $100.63 to $103.31. This was a 2.66% increase month to month!


May 8: Purchased 7 shares of MO at $70.91 for a total of $496.37.

May 24: Purchased 6 shares of LOW at $78.70 for a total of $472.20.

May 25: Purchased 1 share of O at $55.26 for a total of $55.26.


No sells this month.


May 11: Deposit of $440.

May 30: Deposit of $440.

Total: $880

Well, I sold my car this month so that took a lot of pressure off of me. I’m still working on a real estate deal that may close in June. I haven’t caught up on any of my behind contributions because I’m going to need cash to close on these houses and want to be sure I have enough.

I was behind 11 contributions last month and I’m still behind 11 contributions, totaling $4,840. I’m hoping I have a decent amount of cash left over after this deal so that I can catch back up. I get paid three times in June and my birthday also falls in this month so it should be a pretty good month!

Rental Property: $650

I received $650 for rent in May.






Net Worth Update: April 2017

I have been tracking my net worth for awhile now but this is my first post sharing it. It’s gone up quite a bit since I began tracking it and since I don’t have the previous months post to refer to I’ll go back to when I first started tracking it. The oldest log I have of my net worth is from January 2016 and it was $45,312. I’m happy at the progress I’ve made so far and I hope to keep up the pace!


I think it’s important to track my age and where I fall percentage wise in my age group as well. I’m currently 23 years old and my net worth puts me in the 96th percentile.


My cash is low right now, too low. I don’t usually have two vehicles but I couldn’t pass up the deal I got on my truck. So I’m waiting to sell my car and when that happens I’ll have a bigger cash supply.


The only liability that I have currently is my multi-family home that I owner occupy.


My net worth starting May is $109,673! I’m very happy with this number. I’m 1/10th of a millionaire! Lol. I’m excited to start sharing these posts and tracking the growth on a monthly basis.


Dividend Portfolio Update: April 2017


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?



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