2019 Dividend Year in Review

Here are my final entries for calendar year 2019 Dividends; A total of $ 42,648 in new money. One year ago today my total stock portfolio was worth $ 272,039. Now it sits at $385,860. That is a year over year growth of $113,821 or 41.83%. Subtracting out money added by cash or dividends, the stock value growth for the year is $ 71,173 or a little over 26%. Wowzers!

I update my New Dividend Payouts every month and my Blogroll is crawling with Dividend sites, let’s face it, I’m a Dividend Junkie.

Surely, I am far from alone. There are loads of us out here in the ether, lurking around,  ogling each others portfolios.

And by ogling I mean ‘to look at amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently‘.

Here is my 2019 Dividends Year in Review. Included are my New Dividend Gains, Stock Action, and Market Moves for your voyeuristic viewing pleasure.

Compared to last year;

My Dividend tally is slowly creeping toward that Epic Milestone of $1,000/month. My plan is to not stop until I am replacing $1,500/month of paycheck income with passive income from a Dividend Portfolio.

Without further teasing,

I DO NOT buy stocks to have them go up in value and then sell at a profit. That kind of stock market game is not to my taste. It is too hard to try and beat the market, I learned my lessons long ago.

One of the great things about this type of Portfolio is that I am not living and dying with the swings of the market. I do not care much about the day to day ups and downs of the DOW because I am interested in the Dividends, not the market value of the individual stock.

Stock Action;

I sat out this month putting any new money into the portfolio. With our new real estate venture, I want to sit on the money to pay down some after purchase debt.

I usually sell off a stock when I am down either more than $400 or 12%. I hoard up these losses to take as a deduction on my taxes. The IRS allows a deduction of up to a $3,000 loss of stock transactions in a given year. What I don’t use, I roll over for future years.

It also turns blood red Bear Markets into nothing other than buying opportunities for New Dividends.

Have faith in the markets, at least for a percentage of your capital.

I have plowed a total of $42,648 into this portfolio for the calendar year 2019. 

January – I added $ 9,500 in cash and $ 908.55 in dividends to my portfolio.

February – I added $ 3,000 in cash and $ 317.52 in dividends to my portfolio.

March – I added $ 3,000 in cash and $ 1,466.93 in dividends to my portfolio.

April – I added $ 3,310.72 in cash and $ 675.37 in dividends to my portfolio.

May – Some serious capital that will generate New Dividends. I added $ 4,750 in cash                    and $ 583.98 in dividends.

June – I added $ 1,800 in cash (below average this month), but also $ 1,276.41 in dividends (high water mark for a June!)

July – I added $ 3,116 in cash and $ 651.17 in dividends to my overall portfolio.

August – Lower than average, I put $ 2,000 in cash and $443.55 in dividends back into the portfolio.

September – I added $ 2,110.04 in cash and $ 1,588.34 in dividends for the month.

October – Only added $ 610.22 in cash (below target) and $ 641.10 in dividends for the month. Chose to divert some funds to selfish prepper-type purchases.

November – Only added $ 500.00 bucks cash and $ 404.66 in November coming dividends. Saving up for major asset announcement! 

December – $1,563.55 in dividends and $ 610.12 in new money. Both of these pots are just sitting around in cash waiting to see if I will reinvest them or use them to pay down some HELOC debt for buying a new rental property next month. So I won’t add them to the tally for this year just yet. Looks like $ 42,648 is gonna do it for the year. Not too shabby!

My 2019 automatic deposits to this account have been bumped up from $250 to $500/month. Plus all dividends accumulated are used to buy additional shares. I also stuff random amounts of cash into buying more shares whenever the opportunity arises because I am more than a little obsessed. Are you a dividend junkie?

Thank our 2019 Dividends, I salute You!

9 thoughts on “2019 Dividend Year in Review

  1. Nice returns! I have searched your sight and cannot find your opinion on funds such as Vanguard, they have a dividend fund paying 3.2% other than there is little fun or activity involved in funds like this, what is your opinion for the “lazy” or “skittish” investor that if they get too hands on tend to sells and buys at the wrong time?

    • I do have boring old funds in my traditional retirement vehicles like my 401k and 457b plus my wife has tsp/fers with the feds. This brokerage is my ‘fun’ money because I get to hands on manage it.

  2. we almost hit 12k in dividends this year. i haven’t been keeping track long but i looked up last year it and was over 12 and i was thinking “how the hell did this go down?” turns out one big holding had a one time special dividend that amount to something like 1600. i think i’ll be rebalancing things after the new year to up our fixed income allocation and give us a raise. here’s to a strong year for both of us in ’19. let’s make some more.

  3. Very nice gains this year!! Do you drip the dividends back into more of the same stock or do you convert it to cash and then make new different investments?

    I recently just saw one of my brokers offering free DRIPs and wasn’t sure if I should take the offer or not.

    • Personally I let the dividends build up and then reinvest them when they get over $300 or so and then I pick a stock I like at the moment, not necessarily the ones the dividends came from.

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