April continued on the theme of volatility that started in February. The following is my dividend history for my portfolio going back to January of 2008. I promise to eventually go back further.
April of 2018 saw my dividend income top out at $2325.20, a slight drop from April 2017 due to the merger of Reynolds Amerincan (RAI) and British Tobacco (BTI) shifting some of my dividend income to the second month of each calendar quarter. This gives me a YOY decrease of 0.80% from last years $2343.96. YTD for 2018, I have a total of $8713.55 in divided income, representing a Q1 YOY increase of 8.88%, and project to break over $25k in dividends for the year. 4 months into 2018 has been my best starting for dividend income so far.
Dividends are a beautiful thing. I compare dividend stocks to being a landlord. Every month, I collect dividends (rent) and over time I am seeing the value of the stocks (think the property) rise. The beautiful thing of dividends, I don’t worry if the tenant will pay, or destroy the property. If I want to sell the property (stock), it just cost a few bucks and can be executed in seconds to raise capital.
So without further adieu, my portfolios dividend history dating back to January of 2008. Please notice the tabs at the bottom of the excel spreadsheet.
And for now for some charts.
So, why do I even bother sharing this information every month. I want readers to notice a couple things and encourage anyone who is in the earlier stages of building up there financial assets. When you’re starting out it may feel like you aren’t making any progress towards your goals. You may only have a couple bucks in dividends for the month. Don’t give up and keep at it. In April of 2008, I had $123.12 in dividend income. Fast forward a decade later and I am getting passive dividend income off my portfolio of $2325.20, resulting in growth in my dividend income of 1,788.56% during that decade. That wasn’t much time that passed to build up to this point.
The other thing I want you to notice. Look closely at those figures and charts. You see how it is continually growing over time. My lifetime dividend income since starting in 2008 is only $83,797.29. But look again at those charts. In 2016 and 2017 I received $14,067.03 and $22,660.34. Those 2 years alone total $36,727.37 (2018 I will eclipse $25,000 in dividends alone). Those 2 years alone account for 43.82% of my dividend income. This wasn’t a fluke or luck, it was planned and can be replicated by you. April 2018 dividends alone are more than I received in all of 2008. So while you may feel like you’re not seeing rapid growth of you passive income, give it time…
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