June Dividend Totals
June is officially over, and it’s time to report on how things have been going for us in our investing journey.
When it comes to dividend investing, June is one of the most exciting months for us because I open new positions or add to existing ones.
This month I added to our positions in MITT, NLY, and PNNT. I wrote a post about our purchase a couple of weeks ago, and I’m still super excited. As much as I love taking advantage of DRIP investing, nothing beats the boost we get to our dividend income when we deploy additional capital.
Speaking of which, we had a record-breaking June, with dividends coming in from four different companies, which paid us a total of $22.72.
In addition to the dividends paid to us by our companies, I’ve also decided that I’m going to include any dividends paid in our brokerage account as part of our dividend income, which bumps us up to $22.92 for the month. I’ve also retroactively included the $0.15 from last month in our yearly dividend income total.
I’m happy to say that this June is a 53.11% increase from last June, when we only received $14.97 in dividend income.
We might not be pulling in a huge amount per month right now, but $22.92 is almost enough to cover our gym membership. Even better, that’s almost $23 that we didn’t have to work for and that will allow us to continue to grow our wealth.
Our Yearly Dividends
Alright, now that we’ve talked about how we did for the month, let’s check out our progress on our yearly dividend income goals.
As of now, we’ve officially crossed the halfway point and are 50% of the way through the year. Not only that, but we’ve officially broken the $200 mark for dividends received year-to-date, coming in at $209.31!
Last year it took us clear until October to reach the same milestone, so we were able to hit the same point in 60% of the time. That’s a huge improvement!
Additionally, we’re now 52.32% of the way towards our goal of receiving $400 in dividend income for the year. We’re still just a little ahead of schedule, but we should leap ahead next month and then maintain a slightly diminished lead to finish out the year. Right now I’ve got us projected to make it to somewhere around the $430 mark once all is said and done.
Sounds awesome to me, but how about our forward dividend income?
Forward Dividend Income
At the end of this year, our goal is to have a forward dividend income of $500 dollars, which would be a 77.94% increase from our total dividends received last year, before I started tracking our forward dividend income.
As far as I reminder, we started the year with a forward dividend income of approximately $390. Last month, our forward dividend income was $419.17.
Between our dividends reinvested this month and the money I put into adding to our positions in MITT, NLY, and PNNT, we’ve jumped up to a forward dividend income of $489.02. We’re only halfway done with the year and we only have $10.98 to go to reach our goal!
I wish I could say we’ll keep jumping up like that for the rest of the year, but a downside to how little we can put into our account each month is that big bumps like this only happen twice a year.
That said, I’m confident that our dividend reinvestment will push us pretty darn close to the $500 mark just in time to make our next purchase in December. If all goes well, that purchase should push us up to around $550 in forward dividend income, blasting through our yearly goal.
But we’ll have to wait and see.
More Good News
Remember last month when I told you that we’d transferred our emergency fund from our savings account into a higher yielding money market account?
This month I logged on to see how much interest we had accrued and was met with a wonderful little message:
I wasn’t expecting a 10% bump in our interest rate, but I’m happy to take it. It sure kicks the pants off of most of the savings and money market accounts available today. Building wealth is all about celebrating the small victories and focusing on the positive, especially when you’re just getting started like we are.
Thanks to our interest bump, we’ll now be making just shy of $150 a year in interest on our rainy-day fund.
We could be making a lot more than that in the stock market. In fact, we’d be making closer to $1,100 a year if our emergency fund was allocated the same as our current portfolio.
But, again, we’re not counting on this to increase our net worth, but it will help us fight inflation a little bit. An emergency fund is more about our peace of mind than it is what we could be doing with the money.
To finish up, remember:
Little by little the bird builds his nest.