Here is the dividend income report for April, 2019.
The monthly dividend income came out to $483.26. The yearly income total for 2019 through the end of the month was $1855.76.
The income for April, 2018 was $50.88, and the yearly income for 2018 through the end of April was $1276.89.
I have looked at the indexes used by some of the funds I invest in, and I am selling some of my funds. I am moving my domestic funds to the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF, SDY, which follows the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index I might put the money that was in international ETFs into SPDR S&P Global Dividend ETF, WDIV, which follows the S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats Index It has some of its assets in US firms, but most of it is in other countries.
These funds have their assets in fewer firms than the ETFs that I am selling, but they still have money in more companies than I owned when I had my money in individual stocks.
I am also thinking about moving my money market fund into Realty Income, the Monthly Dividend Company Getting monthly dividends sounds nice. They are part of the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index (1.45% of SDY). I know Wolf Street has been blogging about the retail apocalypse (remember kids, it’s not just because of Amazon; private equity is also a big factor), but Realty Income has their quarterly calls available on their site. If I keep track of it, things might work out okay; as Andrew Carnegie said, the way to get rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket carefully. They still increased payouts during the Great Recession, so I am sure they will do fine during the next downturn.
Besides, a lot of people who predict disaster all the time never see any good news anywhere, and never seem to reflect that they might be wrong when they see their predictions not coming true.
I find it a bit odd that index providers will license their indexes to different firms. It is pretty frustrating that many of the providers do not provide a list of constituents on their index pages. Some of them give the top ten, but not the whole list.
Here is a table with the year-to-date amounts, the monthly amounts, and the three- and twelve-month moving averages for each April from 2011 through 2019:
Here are the securities and the income amounts for April, 2019:
- Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF: $208.52
- Vanguard REIT ETF: $130.79
- Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF: $41.37
- Vanguard Total International Bond ETF: $11.08
- Money Market: $91.50
Big Jim prepares for the future, but not at the expense of awareness.