This month, I closed one more position and increased another position to 100 shares, ready for covered call trading. I also increased the number of shares of two other positions, although I'm not planning to write covered calls one those positions.
The net result of my trades in September is that DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI) increased by about $531, reversing the downward trend of the last two months. I'm on schedule to achieve my goal of increasing PADI to $12,000 before year's end.
In September, I executed several options trades, boosting my total options income by just more than $1,500. Of course, these options are potential obligations until they expire or get exercised. I mark option income as secured income only when I no longer have that obligation against me. Please see my September 2016 options update for details.
In October, I plan to transfer several of my DivGro positions to another account in which I can trade options. Currently, a fairly large percentage of my DivGro positions are in an account that does not allow options trading.
The main goal of DivGro is to generate a growing dividend income stream. That's why I like to review my dividend income and any changes that would affect future payments.
I received dividend income of $1,177 from 30 DivGro stocks in September, for a year to date total of $12,496. Dividend income increased 54% over the total received in September 2015.
Projected annual dividend income (PADI) is the total dividend income I expect to receive in the next 12 months. DivGro's PADI increased by 4.93% to $11,307 due to stock trades and dividend changes. I recorded three buys and one sell, while four companies announced dividend increases and one paid a reduced dividend.
The following chart plots DivGro's projected monthly dividend income (red line) against monthly dividends:
Lining up dividend income by month is informative and shows year over year progress nicely:
In September, I added shares to 3 existing positions:
• Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Global Diversified Equity Income Fund (EXG)
• Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc (OHI)
• Union Pacific Corporation (UNP)
Additionally, I closed the following position:
• Texas Instruments Inc (TXN)
As a result of these transactions, DivGro's PADI increased by $506.
The following stocks announced dividend increases:
• Lockheed Martin (LMT)
• Realty Income Corp. (O)
• Altria Group Inc. (MO)
• Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)
The following stock paid a smaller dividend:
• BHP Billiton plc (BBL)
DivGro's PADI increased by $25 due to these dividend changes.
I received dividends from 30 different stocks this month, for a total of $1,147 in dividend income:
• AFLAC Incorporated (AFL) – $20.50
• BHP Billiton plc (BBL) – $28.00
• Cummins Inc (CMI) – $45.10
• Dominion Resources, Inc (D) – $70.00
• Eversource Energy (ES) – $26.70
• Ford Motor Company (F) – $90.00
• Gilead Sciences, Inc (GILD) – $47.00
• Helmerich & Payne Inc. (HP) – $49.00
• International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) – $42.00
• Intel Corporation (INTC) – $26.00
• Intel Corporation (INTC) – $31.20
• Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – $24.00
• Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – $19.20
• Lockheed Martin (LMT) – $23.10
• Main Street Capital Corp. (MAIN) – $41.40
• McDonald's Corp. (MCD) – $24.03
• 3M Company (MMM) – $17.76
• Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) – $28.80
• AGIC Equity&Convertible Income Fund (NIE) – $112.48
• Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) – $14.40
• Nuveen Premium Income Municipal Fund 2 (NPM) – $23.28
• Realty Income Corp. (O) – $10.08
• Pfizer Inc (PFE) – $30.00
• Qualcomm Inc (QCOM) – $53.00
• STAG Industrial Inc (STAG) – $27.80
• Target Corporation (TGT) – $24.00
• T. Rowe Price Group, Inc (TROW) – $35.10
• Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) – $43.20
• Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc (WBA) – $16.50
• Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) – $20.52
• Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (WMT) – $17.00
• Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (WMT) – $17.50
• ExxonMobil Corporation (XOM) – $48.75
Duplicate entries are for dividends received from different accounts.
It is worth looking at the markets to understand the environment we're investing in, even though I no longer compare DivGro's performance to those of the markets:
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In September, the DOW dropped -0.50%, the S&P 500 dropped -0.12%, and the NASDAQ gained 1.89%. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.61%.
Below are charts showing the market activity of these indices in September, courtesy of Google Finance. (Click on the charts to see detail). Each chart shows a 20-period exponential moving average (in red). I've also included a 20-period relative strength index below the main chart.
In September 2016, DivGro's market value increased by 1.05% to $334,849. Year over year, market value increased by 128%.
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Here's a chart showing DivGro's market value breakdown. Dividends are plotted at the base of the chart so we can see them grow over time.
Given the current market value of $334,849, my portfolio has delivered a simple return of 19.26% since inception. In comparison, DivGro's IRR (internal rate of return) is 11.16%. (IRR takes into account the timing and size of deposits since inception, so it is a better measure of portfolio performance).
Here is a snapshot of DivGro's state on the last day of September 2016:
I track yield on cost (YoC) for individual stocks, as well as an average YoC for my portfolio. DivGro's average YoC increased from 4.29% last month to 4.35% this month.
Another interesting statistic is percentage payback, which relates dividend income to the amount of capital invested. DivGro's average percentage payback is 9.89%, up from last month's 9.73%.
Finally, DivGro's projected annual yield is at 4.03%, up from last month's value of 3.87%. I calculate projected annual yield by dividing PADI ($11,307) by the total amount invested ($280,764).
I've set some challenging goals for 2016:
- PADI: Increase projected annual dividend income to $12,000
- Dividends: Earn $10,800 in dividend income
- Dividends: Write 120 articles for DivGro
- Seeking: Write 52 premium articles for Seeking Alpha
- DivNet: Write 8 articles for The DIVNet
I've achieved my goal of earning $10,800 in dividend income in 2016 and I'm very close to achieving three other goals. I managed to write one article for The DivNet this month, but I'm still lagging on my DivNet goal for 2016.
I have 14% of my portfolio in cash. My focus remains on preparing DivGro for options trading. The next step is to transfer several of my DivGro positions to another trading account in which I can trade options. Currently, I hold a fairly large percentage of my portfolio in an account that does not permit options trading. I'm considering transferring these positions to Interactive Brokers, mainly because I like to remain diversified and because Interactive Brokers have low commission rates for options trades. In the process of transferring, I'll use available cash to round out more positions for options trading. Volatility remains very low (see the CBOE market volatility index VIX), so option premiums are not so high at the moment.
Please see my Performance page for various visuals summarizing DivGro's performance.
Thanks for reading and take care everybody!