Monday, July 1, 2013

Monthly Review, June 2013

The second quarter of DivGro has ended and I'll be posting another quarterly review soon. Before doing so, I want to report on happenings in the month of June.

In June, I purchased my 10th dividend growth stock, completing one of my 2013 goals. As for my other 2013 goals, I'm on track to earn at least $750 in dividend income and to average one blog post per week. However, it is too early to tell if DivGro will exceed the performance of the S&P 500 index in total returns.

I started a new monthly post in which I'll be identifying seven stocks in my watch list of dividend stocks that I consider to be the strongest candidates for the month. I use data in Dave Fish's list of US Dividend Champions and my selection criteria to rate candidates in my watch list. From these ratings, I compile a dashboard of all candidates and identify the seven strongest candidates for consideration in the next month.

This month I've trimmed down my watch list stocks, removing stocks that have decreased their annual dividend payments and stocks that are not dividend growth stocks.

I purchased shares in one new dividend growth stock, BHP Billiton Plc (BBL), adding $98.04 in annual dividend income or $49.02 in expected dividend income for the 2013 calendar year.

At the end of June, in addition to my regular $1,000 deposit, I deposited $10,000 in cash through a transfer from one of my other portfolios. I now have just over $12,000 in available cash for dividend growth investing. The market value of DivGro is now $40,720.59, which represents an overall gain of $1,720.59, or 4.41%, since January.

  • 2013-06-03: Cash Dividend Receipt INTC: $27.00
  • 2013-06-03: Cash Dividend Receipt COP: $25.08
  • 2013-06-03: Cash Dividend Receipt AFL: $17.50
  • 2013-06-03: BUY 43 BBL @ $58.39 ($98.04 Annual Income)
  • 2013-06-10: Cash Dividend Receipt CVX: $25.00
  • 2013-06-28: JUL Cash Deposit: $1,000
  • 2013-06-28: Bonus Cash Deposit: $10,000
  • 2013-06-28: Cash Dividend Receipt TRV: $14.50 
New Dividends/Dividend Increases:
  • The purchase of BBL increased expected dividend income for 2013 by $49.02
  • Total expected dividend income for 2013 is $1,000.69
  • Forward 12-month projected dividend income is $1,146.17
Dividends Received:
  • INTC: $0.225/share x 120 shares = $27.00
  • COP: $0.66/share x 38 shares = $25.08
  • AFL: $0.35/share x 50 shares = $17.50
  • CVX: $1.00/share x 25 shares = $25.00
  • TRV: $0.50/share x 29 shares = $14.50 
  • Total year-to-date: $374.22 of $1,000.69 (37.40%)
May 31, 2013
DOW: 15,115.57 S&P 500: 1,630.74 10-YR BOND: 2.16%
Jun 30, 2013
DOW: 15,053.59 S&P 500: 1,623.28 10-YR BOND: 2.48%

Portfolio: Here is a spreadsheet showing DivGro's current holdings:
Yields: The following spreadsheet presents the current yield on cost for my stocks and the cumulative dividends received:
Looking Ahead: With about $12,000 in cash available to buy new stocks, I'll be looking for new dividend growth candidates later in the month of July. (I'll be away for two weeks of vacation starting July 5th so some of my regular posts will possibly happen later than usual). I notice that NTT's semi-annual dividend hasn't been deposited into my online account, though it shows on Google Finance as having been paid on March 29. I need to follow-up on that to see what's going on...


  1. You had a nice month, that's a very sweet bonus you got there. I'm sure you'll be putting it to great use. I noticed you also picked up some BBL, I plan to keep adding to that one while its stock price is down.

    1. Thanks for checking in -- I'm impressed with your portfolio!

      Yes, I picked up BBL when I thought it was a good buy; then it dropped about 10% and so now I think its a great buy!

  2. Wow that's a lot of cash! You'll be able to grow the portfolio very quickly! As for NTT, my sources say it went ex March 26 and the payment is July 3rd. I'm sure you've been paid by now.

    1. You're right! I notice the payment has been made. Weird that the payment follows the ex-dividend date by more than 3 months...


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