The goal of my dividend growth stock portfolio is simple and I contribute to it every month in order for it to continue returning passive income straight to my account. It currently returns over $1,500 a year and I, in turn, use that money to purchase additional shares of good, strong companies. This creates a snowball effect that piles up bigger and bigger the longer it happens. You might have heard of Dave Ramsay’s Debt Snowball? Well this is even better!
The biggest news item for the month of November was the United States Presidential Election where Donald Trump won the majority of the Electoral College votes but failed to win the popular vote. This will be the fifth person to become president despite losing the popular vote in America. This has caused a pretty divisive split between Americans and we’re far from seeing the last of the fallout due to it. But this blog isn’t about politics, it’s about making passive income in the form of dividend growth stocks!
Let’s see what happened to the portfolio for the last month and I’ll try and give you my thought process for why I did things.
In order to help increase the funds available to purchase high quality dividend stocks, I set up for my Robinhood account to pull $150 from my checking account twice a month(7th and 21st). I set up the withdrawal dates to coincidence on the dates that my paycheck clears into my account. This sets me up with $300 a month without having to do a thing.
I also scheduled a $500 deposit at the beginning of November. One of my goals was to keep adding additional funds to the account every month, on top of the $300 that’s auto-deposited. The amount of money is different every month and depends on how much free cash I have after bills are paid. $500 is a great amount and I continue to strive to meet and or beat this every month!
The next deposit was a speculative decision based off the presidential election. If you followed any of the media concerning the election, many media outlets said the stock market would “crash” or dip hard on a Donald Trump victory. If the stock market did dip then I would be in a good position if I had extra funds in my account to purchase stocks. I transfered $8k from my savings account over into my Dividend Portfolio in case it did happen. After Donald Trump won the election, the stock market ended up rallying and going to new highs which trumped my plans on buying these dividend champions on sale. Oh well.
.Total: $150 + $150 + $500 + $8,000 = $8,8000
It was a pretty weak month in terms of dividend payouts with the portfolio only returning $55.67 in income. The following table lists them out.
|T||25 shares @ $0.48 =||$12.00|
|AAPL||5 shares @ $0.57 =||$2.85|
|SDIV||100 shares @ $0.12 =||$12.05|
|MAIN||77 shares @ $0.18 =||$14.25|
|CLDT||132 shares @ $0.11||$14.52|
|Total for November:||$55.67|
One of my goals in the future is to start looking at good quality dividend stocks that pay their dividends on the weaker months.
I purchased quite a bit in November.
- 5 shares AAPL @110.75
At a dividend yield of 2.06% and a p/e ratio around 13, I thought it was a decent entry point to start my position in AAPL. There were plenty of opportunities to pick up AAPL at the lower price but I was always cautious on their ability to deliver innovation. It’s hard to bet against this giant though and I decided to start a small position for the long term. I’ll be buying a few more shares on the dips as it transitions into a dividend growth stock (hopefully). This position adds $11.40 to my annual income.
- 84 shares CLDT @16.95
Chatham Lodging Trust is an equity real estate investment trust with the majority of their holdings in upscale extended-stay hotels. One of the highlights of this REIT is the high yield (~7%) and that they pay dividends on a monthly basis. It trades around a Price/FFO ratio of 8.5 times. Hotels tend to not do very well during recessions and with the market at an all time high, I’m going to have to keep an eye on it but I’m pretty confident in them for the time being. This position adds $110.88 to my annual income!
- 10 shares OHI @28.35
Omega Healthcare Investors is another REIT that invests in long-term care facilities located in the U.S. and U.K. The prime factors in my decision to purchase shares were the solid 14 years of increasing dividends, the current yield of 8.28%, and the latest price drop due to earnings. This position adds $24.40 to my annual income!
- 6 shares SO @ 47.10
The Southern Company generates and distributes electricity through coal, nuclear, oil, gas and hydro resources in the AL, GA, FL and Miss. They currently sit at a p/e ratio of around 17 with a current dividend yield of 4.78%. They are new to the dividend payout game and had only just started paying out in 2013. Energy sector has been getting hit pretty hard lately so I felt it was a good time to add to my position on the dip. This position adds $13.44 to my annual income!
- 10 shares NGG @ 57.10
National Grid plc is another energy stock that distributes electricity and natural gas to the U.K and the U.S. It currently sits at a dividend yield of 5% and just like SO, has been paying dividends since 2013. This position adds $29.60 to my annual income!
- 3 shares DUK @ 73.84
DUK is another energy stock that’s been getting hit pretty heavily lately which drove it’s p/e ratio to 17.7 and yield to 4.6%. I used my auto-deposit cash to purchase these shares. This position adds $10.26 to my annual income!
- 25 shares TGT @ 71.67
I sold out of my shares of TGT after a big bump after earnings to lock in profits. It’s since skyrocketed even higher and I’m a little jealous that I pulled the trigger too early. Oh well, at least i made a decent chunk of profit from it regardless. This reduces my annual income by $60.00.
You can always view my current portfolio.
That’s it for the month of November! Coming up next month is Christmas and the spendthrift nature of the entire month. Here’s hoping I have some amount of money left at the end in order to keep adding to my portfolio!