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Friday, November 29, 2013

Monthly Review, November 2013

At the end of every month, I review transactions that affected DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. I also capture snapshots of DivGro's projected monthly income, current holdings, yield on cost, and cumulative dividends received.

In the month of November I bought shares in ACE Limited (ACE), the 19th stock added to DivGro. Also in November, AFL announced a 5.71% dividend increase, while ETP raised its distribution by 1.26%. This share purchase and dividend adjustments increased DivGro's projected annual dividend income to $2,484, which compares with October's month-end projected annual dividend income of $2,415. With a market value of $60,712, DivGro's projected annual dividend income of $2,484 averages to a yield of 4.09%.

I received dividend payments from 5 stocks this month, boosting total dividend income for 2013 to $1,085.
Here's an updated chart showing the growth of projected monthly dividend income since January 2013. The growth comes from dividend increases and from new dividend paying stocks being added to DivGro.

For November, the projected monthly dividend income is $207, slightly up from $201 last month. I'll continue to invest dividend income along with my regular monthly deposits of $1,000.
  • Purchases
  • Dividends
    • 2013-11-14: Cash Dividend Receipt VNR:  $35.35
    • 2013-11-15: Cash Dividend Receipt GD:  $19.60
    • 2013-11-20: Cash Dividend Receipt CAT:  $18.00
    • 2013-11-26: Cash Dividend Receipt TGH:  $35.25
    • 2013-11-29: Cash Dividend Receipt PRE:  $17.28
  • Deposits
    • 2013-11-29: DEC Cash Deposit: $1,000

New Dividends and Dividend Increases:
  • The purchase of ACE added $60.48 of projected annual dividend income.
  • AFL's dividend increase added $4.00 to projected annual dividend income.
  • ETP's distribution increase added $4.50 to projected annual dividend income. 
  • Projected annual dividend income: $2,483.92

Dividend Summary:
  • Dividend income last month: $196.96
  • Dividend income this month: $127.48
  • Total dividend income year-to-date: $1084.55

Oct 31, 2013
DOW: 15,545.75 S&P 500: 1,756.54 10-YR BOND: 2.54%
Nov 30, 2013
DOW: 16,086.41 S&P 500: 1,805.81 10-YR BOND: 2.74%

Portfolio: The following spreadsheet shows DivGro's current holdings:
Yields: The following spreadsheet shows current yield on cost and cumulative dividends received:
Looking Ahead: I plan to do another bonus deposit in December. Along with available cash of $2,538, I'll be able to add a few more stocks to DivGro. Of course, with the market at all time highs, finding good value will be challenging! In December, I hope to revisit my selection criteria. Particularly, I'm considering changing my selection criterium requiring P/E < 16 in favor of one that is sector-based. December marks the end of the fourth quarter and my first year of managing DivGro. Look for another quarterly review and my first annual review!


  1. You're off to a great start in your first year of managing a DG portfolio. Looking forward to that annual review! I love getting to compare my progress to the year ago period.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I had a look at your site -- very impressive and I like how you compare progress quarter by quarter and over years!

    2. I can't wait for it to hit the decade mark! A 10 year comparison should yield some truly amazing results.

  2. Great progress in just one year. I just started a few months ago in DG investing. Can't wait to see how I do in one full year. Keep it up.

    1. Nearly a year! So many dividend growth investors have been at it for years, I feel like a baby in their presence... keep up with yours, too!


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