Dividend Update – March 2016

It’s the end of one month and the beginning of another so it’s time for my favorite update: my dividend update.  These dividend updates reflect all dividends that I receive through my investing pursuits. I hope they can help inspire you to take control of your own finances and invest to build a passive income stream. What you use that stream for is up to you, whether it’s to fund early retirement, just provide some FI/FU money, or even to provide for an annual vacation; the key is that it can provide options and open up all sorts of possibilities. You can check my dividend income or progress pages to see what dedication to an investment plan can give you.
The end of each quarter is always a great time for dividend growth investors since many companies make payments during that time.  As such my March haul showed some really spectacular numbers.  I received a total of $817.19 in dividends in my FI Portfolio during the month.  I also received $5.30 in my Loyal3 Portfolio bringing my total taxable account dividends to $822.49 for the month.  My Roth IRA also contributed $40.00 in dividends in March all of which were reinvested.  Across my taxable accounts, FI Portfolio and Loyal3, I’ve received $1,413.34 in dividends year to date and $67.90 within my Roth IRA.

FI Portfolio

My FI Portfolio led the way in terms of dividends received but it did suffer a slight 2.8% decrease compared to December.  Much of that is just noise though due to uneven payment schedules such as Coca-Cola paying in December but not in March and PepsiCo doing the opposite with no payment in December but a payment in March.

The year over year comparison gives a better idea of growth that was experienced through new capital, dividend growth and select dividend reinvestment.  Compared to March 2015 dividends received increased $72 or 9.3%.

Since I’ve closed some positions as well as added new capital, I like to look at how my dividend performed on a constant payout basis, i.e. the same companies that paid in March 2015 as in March 2016.  From dividend reinvestment and dividend increases over the last 12 months March 2016’s dividend showed 9.8% growth from March 2015.  Not bad considering one of those holdings, Bank of America (BAC), didn’t announce an increase and Unilever (UL) was subject to negative exchange rates.  First quarter 2016 dividends show a 4.0% increase from first quarter 2015.

Loyal3 Portfolio

My Loyal3 Portfolio had an 18.6% increase year over year, although it declined on a quarterly basis due to the payouts schedules and currency exchange.  Year to date my Loyal3 holdings have provided $16.37 in dividends which is a slight decline compared to 1Q 2015 attributed primarily to Walt Disney Company (DIS) changing from annual to semi-annual payments this year.  Adjusted for the Disney payout the 1Q dividends from 2016 showed a 17.9% rise from the year ago quarter.

Roth IRA Portfolio

March was a welcomed return to dividend receipts after February’s goose egg.  Quarter over quarter March’s dividends showed a 0.6% improvement from December.  The year over year increase came to a much more respectable 4.3% due to a dividend increase from Wells Fargo last year and dividend reinvestment.  First quarter 2016 totals showed a 6.1% increase from first quarter 2015’s mark of $64.02.

Dividend Raises During the Month

Five!  Five different companies that I own announced dividend raises during March which is dividend growth investing at work.  You mean a company I own a piece of, albeit tiny, wants to pay out more of their profits to me just because I own part of the company?  Sign me up!

These raises came from all across the economy; from a bank, a retailer, a cereal maker, a landlord and an industrial gas provider.  These 5 companies combined to increase my forward dividends by $15 and so far this year dividend increases have boosted my expected dividends by over $67.

Based on the historical increase announcements I expect 7 increases and possibly an 8th to be announced as well.  So April should be a pretty bountiful month for dividend increases!

Looking Forward

My forward 12-month dividends for my FI Portfolio are up to $5,503.26.  Forward dividends in my Loyal3 Portfolio ended the month at $62.98 bringing the total taxable account forward dividends to $5,566.25.  My Roth IRA’s forward 12-month dividends are at $254.49.

Monthly Average

Below is the chart showing the monthly dividend totals for each year that I’ve been investing as well as the monthly average.  It’s not always an increase as some companies have weird payout schedules and eventually some positions will get dropped, but the long-term trend is what matters.  My monthly average so far in 2016 is $465.66.  That’s about a $26 decrease from where my year to date average was at the end of 2015.  This trend should continue over the next 6 months since investment capital will be light to non-existent.

Dividends Received Breakdown

I’ve updated my Dividend Income page to reflect March’s changes.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles on FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

How were your dividends in March?  Are you on track to reach your goals through Q1?

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