John And Jane - December Dividend Income Tracker

by: Matthew Utesch


This is the second month I have tracked dividend income and there were a lot of changes in addition to $561.50/dividend and distribution income.

Stepan Co., Emerson Electric, Iron Mountain, and Cincinnati Financial made good on announced increases and/or special dividend payouts.

We start off 2018 with a bang by selling PIGFX so that the funds can be redeployed into other dividend-paying stocks.

This article includes all payout updates for December as well as a full dividend history for John and Jane's Taxable portfolio in FY-2017.

Investment Thesis

December marks the second month that John and Jane have had a well-established portfolio as they continued to receive their normal dividends (along with a few increases) and one final dividend distribution from Pioneer Fundament Growth Fund (PIGFX). This review specifically focuses on John and Jane's Taxable account.

The goal of this article is to track monthly dividend income changes and to establish a long-term database that will allow for year-over-year (YoY) comparisons. I also like to use these articles to track dividend increases within John and Jane's portfolio. I want to make it clear that this is not a mock portfolio and involves real people and real trades.

Dividend and Distribution Increases

Similar to my article from November (Here), another four stocks in John and Jane's portfolio announced and delivered increased dividends or special dividends in the month of December. The following is a summary of the increases:

  1. Stepan Co. (SCL) - Stepan has been on a rollercoaster ride, but I am more than happy to keep on the bandwagon as they delivered their 50th consecutive year of dividend increases. SCL's yield is pretty small but I believe it has the potential to deliver strong capital gains alongside its dividend payout. The increase moves the annual payout up to $.90/share annually from $.82/share annually. This amounts to an increase of 8.4%.
  2. Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) - EMR is one of my favorite buys in John and Jane's portfolio as they recently announced their 61st consecutive dividend increase. With the failed acquisition of Rockwell (ROK), it has given new life to the stock as it continues to hit new 52-week-highs. It was unfortunate that this last dividend increase only amounted to a 1% increase as the annual dividend increased from $1.9050 to $1.9250/share annually.
  3. Iron Mountain (IRM) - Iron Mountain is a data center and information storage real estate investment trust (REIT) that has continued to grow organically and through acquisitions. A recent share offering to assist in the acquisition of IO Data Centers for $1.315. The previous dividend totaled $2.20 and jumped to $2.35/share annually.
  4. Cincinnati Financial (CINF) - CINF special dividend was icing on the cake as I did not expect another special dividend (the last one was at the end of 2016). This brings the annual payout up to $2.50/share for the year. Combine this with a history that includes 57 years of consecutive dividend increases and we have a recipe for a great long-term hold.


While I appreciate the year-end payments from PIGFX, I can say that I am happy we have crossed into 2018 so I could sell PIGFX from the taxable account and redeploy the funds into some shares I have had my eye on (more to come on this next month)! In the month of December John and Jane received $95.75 from PIGFX in December which is a total distribution of $2452.71 from PIGFX in 2017.

December Income Chart

As an easy way to keep track of received and estimated dividends/distributions for John and Jane's portfolio, I have created the following chart to track received and estimated numbers (estimates are simply based on historical figures). Green is used to signify confirmed dividends.

Source: Consistent Dividend Investor, LLC

For those wondering why the dividends are always the same, it is because I am choosing to collect all dividends as cash so that they can be distributed to John and Jane as income or collected to purchase other undervalued securities. Although I believe reinvesting dividends is powerful, I believe that this method is better suited for John and Jane's lifestyle.


PIGFX represents the last mutual fund needing to be sold from John and Jane's account. With the proceeds, we intend to add to existing positions and add a few stocks not currently held in their portfolio. I will also be writing another two articles, with the first focusing on the transformation of Jane's Roth and Traditional IRA Portfolios and the second on John's Roth and Traditional IRA Portfolios. As mentioned previously, I plan to maintain the majority of John and Jane's position in Eaton Vance Floating Rate Fund (EAFAX) as I believe it represents one of the better floating rate funds available on the market.

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John and Jane are currently long the following mentioned in this article: EAFAX, AT&T ( T) Archer Daniel Midland (ADM), Altria (MO), Apple REIT (APLE), Arbor Realty (ABR), Cardinal Health (CAH), CINF, EMR, EPR Properties (EPR), General Mills (GIS), IRM, Johnson Controls (JCI), New Residential (NRZ), Old Republic (ORI), Realty Income (O), Simon Property Group (SPG), SCL, Tanger Factory Outlets (SKT), Verizon (VZ), WP Carey (WPC), Washington Trust (WASH), Cummins (CMI), Apple (AAPL), British Petroleum (BP), Hormel (HRL), Clorox (CLX), LTC Properties (LTC), Interdigital Corp (IDCC), Spectra Energy Partners (SEP), Smuckers (SJM), Mesabi Trust (MSB), Westlake Chemical (WLKP).

Disclosure: I am/we are long ABR, T, VZ, SKT.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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