January 2015 Dividends

It is hard to believe that the first month of 2015 is already in the rear view mirror.  Life has been moving so fast lately that I wish I could slow it down some times.  Between work and keeping up with my kids’ activities, my weeks go by in a flash.  So now I’m awake on an early Saturday morning while the rest of my family continues to sleep in.  About the only time I can find to update the blog is early morning on a weekend while everyone in my house is sleeping.  It is peaceful and quiet right now so let me get my January update to you.

I started the year by adding some stocks to my Roth IRA.  With some dips in oil stock prices, I grabbed some RDS.B, COP, and more CVX.  I was originally leaning to just adding more to my existing CVX and XOM holdings but decided to spread out my purchases among multiple energy companies.  I guess it is a little bit like diversification within one sector.  All are decent dividend payers currently and hopefully will be for years to come.

My January 2015 dividend returns are in and while it wasn’t a personal best, it is my second highest month of returns since I jumped into dividend investing last year.  My returns for January add up to $19.43.

Here is the breakdown:

ROTH IRA

PM – $5.06

KRFT – $6.16

MORL – $6.36

LOYAL3

DIS – $0.16

PEP – $0.15

NKE – $0.04

WMT – $0.25

KRFT – $1.25

I’m expecting February to be lower than January but in March I should see a new personal best.

I’d also like to add that OptionsHouse has joined forces with TradeMonster.  Their ordering platform now looks different at their website and through their mobile app.  I honestly think I like the previous look and feel better which wasn’t the greatest to begin with.  Hopefully their trading platform will improve but with $4.95 trades I’ll continue to use OptionsHouse for my Roth.

Thanks for stopping by.

-DD

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2014 Review with November and December Dividends

2014

2014 is over so it is time to take a look at my first (partial) year of dividend investing.  Before I jump into my 2014 totals, I’d like to point out my November and December returns.  In November, I received $15.74 in dividends.  November didn’t set any personal bests but December did.  In December, I received $26.00 in dividends which surpassed my previous best month of $17.85 in October.

Here is a table of my December dividends:

DECEMBER 2014 DIVIDENDS

LOYAL3 ROTH IRA
Date Symbol Dividend Date Symbol Dividend
12/2/2014 SBUX $0.04 12/15/2014 K $3.95
12/3/2014 INTC $0.09 12/22/2014 MORL $0.88
12/17/2014 MCD $2.94 12/10/2014 CVX $5.35
12/17/2014 K $0.80 12/10/2014 XOM $4.83
12/15/2014 MSFT $0.32 12/15/2014 MCD $6.00
12/12/2014 UL $0.50
12/17/2014 KO $0.30
SUB $4.99 SUB $21.01
TOTAL $26.00

 

Next up, let’s take a look at my overall 2014 dividends by month.

2014 MONTHLY DIVIDENDS

Month 2014 Dividends
Jan $0.12
Feb $0.11
Mar $0.15
Apr $0.03
May $1.01
Jun $0.76
Jul $11.91
Aug $9.45
Sep $13.96
Oct $17.85
Nov $15.74
Dec $26.00
TOTAL $97.09

In 2014 I came close to reaching $100 for the year.  I really didn’t start dividend investing until around May in 2014 so it took a while for the dividends to start coming in.  I plan on seeing an increase this year and look forward to 2015.  If my projections are right, I should pass $200 in annual dividends in 2015 even if I don’t invest another penny.  However, I do plan on investing more so $200 should be easy to beat.  Once I make some more purchases, I hope to see a few months of over $30 in dividends.

For 2015, I’m already gearing up to purchase more stock for my Roth IRA using OptionsHouse.  I’m currently leaning towards picking up RDS.B, more CVX, and possibly GIS this month.  I have more research to do however but should hopefully be making some buys in a week or so.

I hope you all have a successful 2015 and thanks for stopping by.