Here is the dividend income report for October, 2018.
The monthly dividend income came out to $1130.39. The yearly income total for 2018 through the end of the month was $4606.91.
The income for October, 2017 was $341.83, and the yearly income for 2017 through the end of October was $5138.63.
So I am behind where I was last year, but still ahead of where I was two years ago.
Again, the payouts from some of the funds that should have been at the end of a “C” month spilled over into the following “A” month. I doubt that December’s payout will spill over into January.
I interviewed for a job this month. I decided not to go forward with it for a variety of reasons. This means my current 401(k) is still sitting in ordinary index funds, not in dividend funds. I am still learning new technology on my own time, but on the other hand I am in no rush to add stress to my life. Still, having all that money in dividend funds would be sweet.
I asked HR if I could move it, and they said I could only take it out if/when I leave the company. I wish I could leave for a week, move it, and come back.
We shall see how dividends do going forward. I know it is hip to predict disaster, but between trade wars, Brexit, general conservative stupidity and rising interest rates, it is obvious the good times will not last forever. How will dividends do during the next recession? Who knows? They generally do better than the general market (they did in the dot com crash and the Great Recession), but every downturn is different.
I might hold off on buying a commodities fund. I have no idea how commodities do during downturns. My first guess if they don’t do too badly. People still need to eat. But I also know I am not an expert on this stuff.
Here is a table with the year-to-date amounts, the monthly amounts, and the three- and twelve-month moving averages for each October from 2011 through 2018:
Here are the stocks and the income amounts for October, 2018:
- Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF: $201.69
- Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation ETF: $33.05
- Vanguard Global ex-US Real Estate ETF: $50.03
- Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF: $272.77
- Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF: $407.14
- Vanguard International High Dividend Yield ETF: $117.99
- Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF BND ETF: $37.46
- Vanguard Total International Bond ETF: $10.26
Big Jim is still growing.
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