December 2018 Dividend Income Summary

Here comes dividends, here comes dividends, right down Lanny’s investing lane!  Yes, I had to throw a Christmas cheer to the biggest dividend month of them all!  It’s been a fast month, with family, work, year-end and a lot of late nights/early mornings.  Grab that cup of coffee and let’s see if I was on the naughty or nice list, in terms of the dollar amount of dividends I received this December!

Dividend Income

I received a total of $2,657.39 of dividend income in December. Wow. A December record and a full-year paying off, from new investments to dividend increases.  What’s wild is – this is the first time where it was officially hard to get to this spot.  This has taken many years, saving and investing to get to these figures.  One could say, the blood, sweat and tears.  Damn, I need a glass of wine for this.  Further, the 401(k), Health Savings Account (HSA) and all dividends are automatically invested/reinvested and helps take the emotion out of timing & making a decision.  Also, to find out why I max out my 401(k) and HSA – please refer to the 3rd part of my tax series, (though I have the breaks on the 401k, as I recently posted due to the 6 month waiting period, only a little over two weeks of waiting to go!) as that describes the magnitude of benefits to increase the amount you can invest due to reduction in taxes.  Here is the breakdown of dividend income for the month of December!

 

What stands out is the number of entities that send dividends my way.  From an individual taxable account, Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Target (TGT) take the cake here, with Shell (RDS) sneaking up from behind.  However, what this list also is a testament to is that there are new names this December, such as Dominion (D) and even Vanguard Dividend Yield (VYM) ETF.  Speaking of Vanguard – they came in and walloped an, “almost”, $800 dividend to the portfolio and T. Rowe Price’s fund I’ve had for as long as I’ve been investing, distributed over $700 my way.  Thank you investment firms!

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