2016-12 Dividend Income Report

Here is the dividend income report for December, 2016.

The monthly dividend income came out to $1027.76. The yearly income total for 2016 through the end of the month was $6076.53.

The income for December, 2015 was $954.52, and the yearly income for 2015 through the end of December was $5472.07.

RLI paid a special dividend in December, as they have done (in varying amounts) since 2010. 2010 is also when I first bought RLI. It’s almost like they knew I showed up. It is only because of the special dividend that I cracked $1000/month in December. Unless I buy a LOT of new stocks or increase shares in stocks I already have by a significant amount, I will probably not crack $1000/month again until next December. It will probably be a while until making more than $1000/month becomes a regular occurance.

Without the special RLI dividend, the yearly total would have been $5820.38, and the Decemer total would have been $771.61. For 2015, the yearly total without the special RLI dividend would have been $5227.18, and the December total would have been 709.63.

So 10% year growth is not too bad, but not too great considering what I might need. As I stated before, I guess in the back of my mind I thought this double compounding would be really snowballing by now. Shows you what I know.

I beat my total from 2015. But I still did not beat my best year, so 2016 is only my second-best year. My best year for dividend income was 2007, when I made $6575.54 in mutual funds in my 401k.

I will probably start investing in my taxable account again soon. I think this time I will stick with ETFs to avoid complexity. I will do dividend growth ETFs, real estate ETFs, and bond index ETFs. If the fund does not pay, stay away.

With regard to stocks, I will still be split between getting new stocks and increasing the number of shares in the stocks that I own. My goal is to either have 100 shares of each stock, or (ideally) enough shares such that each quarterly payout is enough to buy an entire share. Right now, only 7 get 0.9 shares or more a quarter. (With some stocks, sometimes there is more than enough to get a whole share, while other stocks are right at the cusp, and small price movements can push them above or below the 1 share threshold.) Right now I have 42 stocks, and not counting spin-offs I have sold 13. So to stay diversified I should probably buy a few more.

I will keep looking into food and water stocks.

Here is a table with the year-to-date amounts, the monthly amounts, and the three- and twelve-month moving averages for each December from 2011 through 2016:

Month YTD Amount 3MMA 12MMA
2016-12 $6076.53 $1027.76 $605.28 $506.38
2015-12 $5472.07 $954.52 $575.86 $456.01
2014-12 $4438.02 $909.86 $481.67 $369.80
2013-12 $3406.20 $594.59 $344.05 $283.85
2012-12 $3585.01 $686.10 $386.41 $298.75
2011-12 $3091.99 $514.94 $323.40 $253.92


Here are the stocks and the income amounts for December, 2016:

  • AFLAC Inc: $47.16
  • American States Water Co: $27.82
  • Black Hills Corp: $15.73
  • Bemis Co Inc: $30.75
  • Vectren Corp: $25.69
  • Johnson & Johnson: $83.00
  • Archer-Daniels-Midland Co: $36.04
  • Emerson Electric Co: $52.01
  • Honeywell International: $67.56
  • Sonoco Products Co: $49.56
  • Exxon Mobil Corp: $88.56
  • Chevron: $26.96
  • 3M Co: $15.47
  • Walgreen Co: $22.13
  • Dover Corp: $10.49
  • Consolidated Edison Inc: $21.71
  • Kellogg Company: $55.87
  • Coca-Cola Co: $47.31
  • Valspar Corp: $22.17
  • RLI Corp: $25.62
  • RLI Corp: $256.15

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