Looking at dividends received though the month and summarizing the numbers at the end of the month is such a great feeling because dividends represent real tangible income. I started focusing on dividend investing early last year and therefore, this is going to be the first full year where I can see the benefits of investments from last year. Starting this blog and documenting my progress has been really a great factor to keep me focused on investing regularly and aggressively. So let’s take a look at the dividends received in October 2015.
After hitting an all time high of $350+ in September, I knew October would be lower, but was keen as always to look at the numbers for the month. October 2015 turned out to be another great month with a total of $289.10. Let’s dive into more details about the month’s dividends.
Here are the dividends for October 2015. Total = $289.10
- Aetna Inc (AET) – $2.50
- General Electric Company (GE) – $86.25
- Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) – $36.08
- Altria Group Inc (MO) – $42.38 (dividend increase)
- Vanguard Utilities ETF (VPU) – $13.13
- Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fd (VWO) – $6.75
- Philip Morris International Inc (PM) – $51.00 (dividend increase)
- Baxter International Inc (BAX) – $2.88 (dividend decrease)
- The Coca-Cola Co (KO) – $12.03
- GlaxoSmithKline plc ADR (GSK) – $17.16
- Baxalta Inc (BXLT) – $1.75
- Vereit Inc (VER) – $17.19 (first dividend)
Baxter (BAX) had spun off Balaxta (BXLT) and the combined dividend of both the companies was less than Baxter’s original dividend. This is really disappointing. Several of the dividend investors I follow has sold off these stocks once the dividend cut was announced. I haven’t done yet, but it is definitely in the back of my mind.
Here is how October 2015 ($289.10) compares with previous months.
- October 2014: $204.97, increased by $84.13, 41.04% increase.
- July 2015: $280.17, increased by $8.93, 3.18% increase.
Here are some charts looking at dividend growth over the years 🙂
The below chart shows October dividends over the years. Looking forward to seeing this chart go higher and higher.
The below chart shows the dividends that I have received until October each year. By October last year, I had received $1,286.00 and it has grown to $2,332.55 this year.
The below chart represents the total annual dividends. Looking at the numbers below, I have received little over 146% of my entire 2014 dividends in 10 months in 2015. That’s really impressive.
Progress for 2015:
With October dividends of $289.10, I have received 93.30% of my 2015 target of $2,500.00. I will definitely be meeting this goal either in November or by December. Looking forward to the November’s numbers.
The dividends page will be updated to reflect the October dividends.
Disclosure: Long on all stocks mentioned above.