Sat. Feb. 12, 2011

Dividend Income Progress Update – January 2011 *

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in January, extending the streak to 7 consecutive months of increases after June 2010’s decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 36 of the last 38 months.

My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and updated in my 2011 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.

Description Dividend
on Cost
2027 Goal 110,000 10.00%
2017 Goal 30,000 5.80%
2011 Goal 15,500 4.70%
December/2010 11,407 4.55%
Purchases YTD 434 -0.05%
Div. Changes YTD 42 0.02%
Sales YTD -102 0.04%
January/2011 11,781 4.56%
Purchases 434 -0.05%
Div. Changes 42 0.02%
Sales -102 0.04%
December/2011 11,407 4.55%

The above information covers the current month and year-to-date through the current month.

Click here for a Detailed Historical Progress Table.

For the month, annualized dividend income increased $374, and Yield on Cost (YOC) was up 0.01%. This month’s changes were a net of new purchases, dividend changes and sales. Let’s examine each of the these categories:

Purchases: The $434 increase in annual dividend income and 0.05% decrease in YOC related to the following purchases (yield at the time of purchase):

All of the above stocks lowered my YOC. As noted in earlier updates, I generally expect YOC to drop in most months since new investments will yield less than my current YOC, and dividend increases will not be sufficient to offset the decline.

Dividend Changes: The $42 increase in annual dividend income and the 0.02% increase in YOC related to the following dividend changes (a=dividend stated in annual terms, q=quarterly, m=monthly):

  • $20 Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) $0.34q>$0.36q
  • $1 Canadian National Railway Company (CNI) $0.2616q>$0.27141q
  • $2 Realty Income Corp. (O) $0.14362m>$0.14425m
  • $11 Sysco Corp. (SYY) $0.25q>$0.26q
  • $8 U.S. Preferred Stock Index (PFF) $2.32a>$2.35a

Sales: The $102 decrease in annual dividend income and the 0.04% increase in YOC related to the following sale:

  • ($102) Paychex Inc. (PAYX)

After January, I am still on track to reach my goal of $15,500 in annualized dividend income by December 31, 2011.

That’s it for this time. The next monthly progress update will be early March.

(Photo: sanja gjenero)

7 Responses to “Dividend Income Progress Update – January 2011 *”

  1. Ed says:

    Why the sell of Paychex? Has there been a decline of the business of some sort?

  2. D4L says:

    Ed: PAYX failed to raise its dividend in 2010. My focus is own dividend growth and it no longer meet my portfolio’s requirements.

    Best Wishes,

  3. Don says:

    I am planning to go with Tradeking.com

    to open my dividend stock account.

    Is this a good choice ?

    All criticism welcome from all.


  4. Dean says:


    Based on your 2011 Goal and where you are a/o 31 January, you’re projecting an increase of $3,719, or 31% to your annualized div. income. I assume that the majority of that increase comes from newly invested $$, and not just from the reinvestment of existing dividends…correct? I currently have similar annual div income but given my holdings, and no additional new money invested, expect about
    6-7% div growth.

    Thanks for your insight,


  5. D4L says:

    Dean: You are correct the vast majority of the increase will come from new investment.

    Best Wishes,

  6. sara says:

    Do yo buy these dividend stocks in taxable account or retirement accounts ?

  7. D4L says:

    sara: Both, but most of my holdings are in a taxable account.

    Best Wishes,