Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dividend Income - October 2015 Update

Hi Everyone,

Another month is in the books and with that, just 2 more till 2016.  Where has this year gone?  The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler and with that, the dividends have cooled off quite a bit this month.  But, not working for money is still the best way to make money.  Hopefully this post inspires other families out there to start saving and investing as soon as they can. The power you feel knowing that you are richer than you were yesterday and you didn't have to work for it is a wonderful feeling.

We realize that our situation is different than every other blogger out there but its not how much you make, its how much you save. We make a middle class income but we live well below our means and this gives us the benefit to invest the surplus month after month and subsequently drive our passive income to new heights!

This past month we only made one purchase in stocks but one major purchase in a new truck!  The truck will set us back a little bit with regards to retirement, but I plan to drive that thing into the ground over the next 15 years or so!

We want to thank all of you readers out there who have stopped by and congratulated us thus far.  You are the reason these posts keep coming out and continue to get better and better!

So with that being said, lets get down to the numbers.

This month came in on the lighter side compared to the previous months this year but was still an impressive total compared to last years October total.  This months total came in at $265.55 which is 38% higher than last year.  It was 5.00% higher than last quarter as well.

The streak of every month this year having over an 80% gain from the previous year has been broken.  It was a good run, but all good things must come to an end.  The only real difference between last quarter and this quarter was the income from RAI.  This position came from a spinoff of LO a few months back.  The appreciation of RAI has been pretty substantial, only wish I would have bought more during the spinoff.  Oh well I suppose.  I'm hoping the stock pulls back to around $40 and I'll look to make a purchase.

This past month we had one stock purchase which was some more KMI.  My wife and I continue to be blessed and this journey continues to inspire us to keep on going.

October Dividend Income:

Total:  $265.55

The chart above shows the increase from the previous quarter.  When looking at the month of July, the $65.08 was the change from April.  As you look at the charts from month to month, it really shows the power of compounding, dividend increases, new purchases and using DRIP with all the companies.

In total, we had a $12.89 increase from July.  Only $7.12 came from RAI which means that $5.77 came from reinvestment and dividend increases, not too shabby.  An extra $165 that I did not have to invest if yielding 3.5%. 

Jump over to our dividend income page to see the increases month after month.  There is also a nice chart on that page for all you visual learners out there.  On that page, you can easily see dividend income investing at work which hopefully one day will be greater than our expenses and that's what we like to call The American Dividend Dream!  Check out our complete portfolio here updated on 11/3/2015.

How was your October?



  1. Sorry to see the streak get broken, that's darn impressive numbers to try and keep up. 38% is nothing to sneeze at either! I also like your KMI purchase, that yield is looking amazing here. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks Captain. I'd love to keep up the 40% increases for at least the next 5 years if possible. The 80%+ would never last, but I think I can pull off 40% for at least the next year or two. KMI keeps falling. Under $20 I might make one more purchase. We shall see!

  2. 80% growth streak is tough to maintain for sure. Too bad that the streak is now over but over 35% is still pretty darn good. Congrats on a solid month of dividend income.

    1. Thanks Tawcan! Appreciate you stopping by.

  3. Great results for October. Nice year over year growth too. I see we share a few names for month. Always nice to be in good company with some top paying companies. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hopefully these great companies continue to reward their shareholders well long into the future too!

      Thanks for the kind words