In December, I added another $2,034 in options premiums. Each option sold 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 December 2016 options update for details.
December was a record setting month for dividend income. I collected $1,407 in dividends, an increase of 83% over December 2015's dividend income of $770. I just love quarter-ending months!
DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI) increased to $12,376, well above my goal of $12,000. The significance of $12k is that I can expect dividend income of at least $1,000 per month, on average, in perpetuity. (That's just a cool word meaning indefinitely or forever... and, of course, I'm assuming my portfolio stays the same and no companies cut their dividends).
In December, I published my first Editor's Pick article at Seeking Alpha! The increased promotion certainly helped, as I easily smashed my previous record for page views (now closing in on 25,000). If you haven't read the article, please read Top Holdings of Dividend ETFs and help me reach the 25,000 page view mark.
In last month's review, which I wrote in my parent's home in South Africa, I mentioned that my father underwent quintuple bypass surgery. I'm very happy to report that the surgery went well and that my father has recovered from some complications following surgery. He's steadily gaining back his strength and we're all grateful to see him up and about again!
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.
In December, I collected dividend income from 31 stocks totaling $1,407 in dividend income, for a total of $15,391 in dividend income in 2016. That total includes some dividends I recorded following the consolidation of several of my accounts into a single DivGro portfolio.
Projected annual dividend income (PADI) is the total dividend income I expect to receive in the next twelve months. I recorded ten buys and six sells. Also, two stocks announced dividend increases and one stock announced a dividend decrease. These activities added $871 to DivGro's PADI, which now stands at $12,376.
The following chart plots DivGro's projected monthly dividend income (red line) against monthly dividends:
Comparing dividend income by month is another way to see progress:
In December, I added shares to ten existing positions:
• AbbVie Inc (ABBV)
• Cisco Systems, Inc (CSCO)
• Ford Motor Company (F)
• Main Street Capital Corporation (MAIN)
• Nike Inc (NKE)
• Target Corporation (TGT)
• The Coca-Cola Company (KO)
• The Procter & Gamble Company (PG)
• The Walt Disney Company (DIS)
• Valero Energy Corporation (VLO)
This month, I sold shares and reduced my positions in the following stocks:
• PennantPark Investment (PNNT)
• Qualcomm Inc (QCOM)
Lastly, I closed the following positions:
• The Gap, Inc (GPS)
• Union Pacific Corporation (UNP)
• Wells Fargo & Co (WFC)
As a result of these transactions, DivGro's PADI increased by $847.
The following stocks announced dividend increases:
• Realty Income Corporation (O)
• Pfizer Inc (PFE)
The following stock paid a reduced dividend:
• Nuveen AMT-Free Quality Municipal Income Fund (NEA)
DivGro's PADI increased by $22 due to these dividend changes.
I received dividends from 31 different stocks this month, for a total of $1,407 in dividend income:
• AFLAC Inc. (AFL) – $21.50
• Cummins Inc (CMI) – $45.10
• Dominion Resources, Inc (D) – $70.00
• Eversource Energy (ES) – $26.70
• Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Global Diversified Equity Income Fund (EXG) – $58.86
• 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) – $57.20
• Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – $43.20
• The Coca-Cola Company (KO) – $35.00
• Lockheed Martin (LMT) – $25.48
• Main Street Capital Corp. (MAIN) – $105.80
• McDonald's Corp. (MCD) – $25.38
• 3M Company (MMM) – $17.76
• Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) – $31.20
• Nuveen AMT-Free Quality Municipal Income Fund (NEA) – $46.67
• Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) – $14.40
• Realty Income Corp. (O) – $10.10
• Pfizer Inc (PFE) – $90.00
• Qualcomm Inc (QCOM) – $159.00
• STAG Industrial Inc (STAG) – $27.80
• Target Corporation (TGT) – $24.00
• T. Rowe Price Group, Inc (TROW) – $35.10
• The Travelers Companies, Inc (TRV) – $19.43
• Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) – $60.50
• Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) – $43.20
• Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc (WBA) – $16.50
• Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) – $20.52
• ExxonMobil Corporation (XOM) – $48.75
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 December, the DOW gained 3.34%, the S&P 500 gained 1.82%, and the NASDAQ gained 1.12%. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.45%.
Below are charts showing the market activity of these indices in December, 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.
At the end of December, DivGro's market value was $354,795. This represents an increase of 3.36% over last month's total, and an increase of 98% since the end of December 2015.
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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 $354,795, my portfolio has delivered a simple return of 23.68% since inception. In comparison, DivGro's IRR (internal rate of return) is 11.93%. (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 December 2016:
I track the yield on cost (YoC) for individual stocks, as well as an average YoC for my portfolio. DivGro's average YoC decreased from 4.40% last month to 4.26% this month.
Another interesting statistic is percentage payback, which relates dividend income to the amount of capital invested. DivGro's average percentage payback is 9.85%, down from last month's 10.41%.
Finally, DivGro's projected annual yield is at 4.31%, up from last month's value of 4.03%. I calculate projected annual yield by dividing PADI ($12,376) by the total amount invested ($286,854).
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
Except for my DivNet goal, I'm happy to say that I've achieved all of my DivGro goals for 2016. Please see my goals for 2017, which includes an aggressive new goal for options income!
Trading in January will be lighter than normal as I'm busy transferring my Scottrade account to Interactive Brokers where commission rates are more favorable for options trading. I'm also planning to transfer stocks from one of my FolioInvesting accounts to Interactive Brokers so I can execute options trades on them as well. Currently, FolioInvesting does not offer an options trading platform.
Please see my Performance page for various visuals summarizing DivGro's performance.
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