In between helping my parents, I've had ample time to tinker with DivGro and to continue writing articles. One Seeking Alpha article, 10 Dividend Growth Stocks For November 2016, has received more than 10,000 page views, the first time I've reached that milestone! Meanwhile, my new options update and pulse article series are generating lots of interest.
This month, I closed two of my DivGro positions and added shares to another position. Along with three dividend increases, the net result is that DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI) increased by about $216 to $11,505. I'm quite close to achieving my 2016 goal of increasing PADI to $12,000, but it will be touch-and-go!
In November, I added another $1,543 in options premiums, increasing my year-to-date options income to $5,674. Each option represents a potential obligation until it expires or gets exercised. I label options income as secured income only when I no longer have the obligation. Please read my November 2016 options update for details.
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.
This month, 14 stocks in my portfolio paid dividends. I received a total of $664, an increase of 13% over the amount received in November 2015. So far this year, I've collected dividends totaling $13,984.
Projected annual dividend income (PADI) is the total dividend income I expect to receive in the next 12 months. I recorded one buy and two sells. Also, three stocks announced dividend increases. These activities added $216 to DivGro's PADI, which now stands at $11,505.
Following is a chart showing DivGro's projected monthly dividend income (red line) against monthly dividends received:
Comparing dividend income by month is another way to see progress:
In November, I added shares to an existing position:
• Qualcomm Inc (QCOM)
Additionally, I closed the following positions:
• BHP Billiton plc (BBL)
• Helmerich & Payne Inc. (HP)
As a result of these transactions, DivGro's PADI increased by $172.
The following stocks announced dividend increases:
• Nike Inc (NKE) – a 12.50% increase announced on 17 November
• Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) – a 10.00% increase announced on 17 November
• The Walt Disney Company (DIS) – a 9.86% increase announced on 30 November
DivGro's PADI increased by $44 due to these dividend changes.
I received dividends from 14 different stocks this month, for a total of $664 in dividend income:
• Apple Inc (AAPL) – $57.00
• AbbVie Inc. (ABBV) – $57.00
• Caterpillar Inc (CAT) – $46.20
• Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Global Diversified Equity Income Fund (EXG) – $58.86
• General Dynamics Corporation (GD) – $26.60
• Main Street Capital Corp. (MAIN) – $42.55
• Nuveen AMT-Free Quality Municipal Income Fund (NEA) – $24.41
• Realty Income Corp. (O) – $10.10
• Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI) – $183.00
• The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) – $21.42
• Raytheon Company (RTN) – $17.58
• STAG Industrial Inc (STAG) – $27.80
• AT&T Inc (T) – $72.00
• United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) – $19.50
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 November, the DOW gained 5.41%, the S&P 500 gained 3.42%, and the NASDAQ gained 2.59%. Yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.37%.
Below are charts showing the market activity of these indices in November, courtesy of Google Finance. (Click on the charts to see detail). Each chart shows a 20-period exponential moving average (in red) and a 50-period exponential moving average (in green) . I've also included a 10-period relative strength index below the main chart.
This month, DivGro's market value increased by 3.41% to $343,269. Compared with November 2015's market value of $176,223, the year over year increase is 95%.
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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 $343,269, my portfolio has delivered a simple return of 20.25% since inception. In comparison, DivGro's IRR (internal rate of return) is 10.77%. (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 November 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 4.37% last month to 4.40% this month.
Another interesting statistic is percentage payback, which relates dividend income to the amount of capital invested. DivGro's average percentage payback is 10.41%, up from last month's 10.26%.
Finally, DivGro's projected annual yield is at 4.03%, up from last month's value of 3.99%. I calculate projected annual yield by dividing PADI ($11,505) by the total amount invested ($285,474).
I've set some challenging goals this year:
- 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'm slightly behind on my PADI goal and I've accepted that I won't achieve my DivNet goal this year.
I have 15% of my total portfolio value in cash. In December, I want to add shares to several positions and sell covered call options on those positions. I'm hoping to complete the process of transferring my FolioInvesting account to Interactive Brokers so I can trade options on several additional positions. Interactive Brokers is an online brokerage with very competitive commission rates for options trades.
Please see my Performance page for various visuals summarizing DivGro's performance.
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