Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in May, extending the streak to 11 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 40 of the last 42 months.
My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and updated in my 2011 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.
|Div. Changes YTD||359||0.04%|
The above information covers the current month and year-to-date through the current month.
For the month, annualized dividend income increased $410, and Yield on Cost (YOC) was down -0.00%. This month's changes were a net of new purchases and dividend changes. There were no sales in May. Let's examine each of the these categories:
Purchases: The $298 increase in annual dividend income and -0.04% decrease in YOC related to the following purchases (yield at the time of purchase):
- $156 McDonald's Corp. (NYSE:MCD) 3.1%
- $30 Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE:CL) 2.5%
- $112 Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) 3.6%
All the above purchases lowered my YOC. As noted in earlier updates, I generally expect YOC to drop in most months since new investments will yield less than my current YOC, and dividend increases will not be sufficient to offset the decline.
Dividend Changes: The $112 increase in annual dividend income and the 0.04% increase in YOC related to the following dividend changes (a=dividend stated in annual terms, q=quarterly, m=monthly):
- ($10) U.S. Preferred Stock Index (NYSEARCA:PFF) $2.36a>$2.33a
- $9 General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE:GD) $0.42q>$0.47q
- $52 Abbott Laboratories (ABT) $0.44q>$0.48q
- $18 Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL) $0.53q>$0.58q
- $43 Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) $0.4818q>$0.525q
Sales: There were no sales in May.
After May, I am still on track to reach my goal of $15,500 in annualized dividend income by December 31, 2011.
That's it for this time. The next monthly progress update will be early July.