Why split my investments into two accounts? My original account was set to reinvest dividends into the companies paying them (dividend reinvestment plan or DRIP). One of the goals of my DGI account was to throw off additional income to help supplement my income to help raise a family. Until then, I will use the dividends to help pay down my fiancee’s student loan debt. As such, I do not want to DRIP the dividends. Instead, I will actively purchase the stock(s) that I feel provide the best value as I have sufficient funds for new purchases. My original account will continue to auto re-invest dividends. It will be the smaller account and will rarely (if ever) have additional funds added as new money will be focused on the DGI account.
Symbol Shares Current Value Yield AFL 25 $1,653.50 2.24% ARCP 89 $1,148.99 7.28% BAX 24 $1,663.44 2.83% COP 25 $1,749.00 3.95% CSCO 80 $1,758.40 3.09% DLR 34 $1,694.56 6.26% DRI 31 $1,643.00 4.15% GE 73 $2,005.31 3.20% LEG 51 $1,566.21 3.91% MCD 16 $1,544.64 3.36% O 35 $1,320.90 5.79% PEP 17 $1,398.08 2.76% PM 19 $1,625.26 4.40% TOTAL $20,771.29 3.99%
Non DGI Account
Symbol Shares Current Value AFL 25 $2,054.51 BAM 40 $1,611.37 DE 10 $912.32 Jan 2015 $15 F Call 1 $178.00 Jan 2015 $17 F Calls 4 $384.00 Cash $1092.36 TOTAL $6,232.56
Jul-13 $12.65 Aug-13 $31.40 Sep-13 $69.82 Oct-13 $60.14 Nov-13 $30.16 Dec-13 $52.79 Total $256.96
As you can see, my dividend income decreased 12.2% from October. There were a couple factors that caused this decrease. One was a sell of 25 shares of AFL during the 4th quarter. I reduced my stake in AFL as I had an overweight position. At this point, I am trying to avoid having too much of an overweight position in any company and selling 25 shares of AFL allowed me to also increase the overall yield of my portfolio. The other reason for the quarter over quarter decrease was PEP and DLR pay in October but push the 4th quarter dividend to January. DLR was a new purchase during the 4th quarter. Due to the timing anomaly, January looks to be my biggest month yet. As can be seen below, the forward 12 month income has steadily moved higher. The increases are attributable to moving fund from my other account, adding additional funds and a couple of swaps such as the AFL sell to move to a higher yielding security. AFL is the only position in the account which I held prior to starting the DGI strategy.
Forward 12 Month Dividend Income as of 1st of the month
Jul-13 $455.19 Aug-13 $519.07 Sep-13 $568.98 Oct-13 $643.13 Nov-13 $716.21 Dec-13 $718.87 Jan-14 $829.20
I am very excited about my DGI account going into 2014. So far it has grown much faster than I anticipated. While I expect the growth to slow in 2014, I expect it to continue moving in the right direction.