Dividend Income Summary: Lanny’s February 2023 Summary

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This is what dividend investing is all about!  Investing in dividend stocks allows YOU to earn dividend income, the best passive income stream!  Bias, you better believe it.

Time to dive into Lanny’s February 2023 dividend income results!  Were records set?  Almost to financial freedom?  One day and one month at a time!

Dividend Income

Dividend Income is the fruit from the labor of investing your money in the stock market.  Further, Dividend Income is my primary vehicle on the road to Financial Freedom, which you can see through my Dividend Portfolio.

How do I research & screen for dividend stocks prior to making a purchase?  I use our Dividend Diplomat Stock Screener and trade on Ally’s investment platform (one of our Financial Freedom Products), as well as SoFi’s investing application – commission free.

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I also automatically invest and max out, pre-tax, my 401k through work and my Health Savings Account.  This allows me to save a TON of money on taxes (aka thousands), which allows me to invest even more.  In addition, all dividends I receive are automatically being reinvested back into the company that paid the dividend, aka Dividend Reinvestment Plan or DRIP for short.  This takes the emotion out of timing the market and BUILDS onto my passive income stream!

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Growing your dividend income takes time and consistency.  Investing as often, and early, as you can allows compound interest (aka dividends) to work it’s magic.  I have gone from making $2.70 in a single month in dividend income to well over … $10,000+ in a single month.  A NEW dividend income record was set in December of 2021.  Unfortunately, did not break it in December 2022.  However…was it broken this month?!  The power of compounding and dividend reinvestment is a wonderful component to the portfolio.  Each and every month, whether big or small, I continue to report the passive income that dividend investing provides me.  Why?

*Not pictured is my wife’s dividend income above*

I want to show YOU that dividend investing makes it possible to achieve financial freedom and/or financial independence.  We all start somewhere, but consistently investing, compounding (reinvesting) dividends and keeping it simple, allows you to be in a significantly better position than most.  Further, if I can grow this portfolio and income stream, YOU can too.

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Now, on to the numbers… In February, we (my wife and I) received a dividend income total of $1,187.30.  Glad to keep the consecutive $1,000 months rolling.  Still need to climb the financial freedom ladder here.  To be free, would like to have this number 3x that!  What happened during this month in the stock market and our portfolio?

Always keep this in mind, the amount and number of stocks listed below show you what it means to buy and hold for the long term.  Most of the positions I have owned for YEARS, letting dividend growth and reinvestment do it’s thing.  This is what dividend investing for financial freedom is all about.  The passive income stream is growing at a RAPID pace.  Over a decade of investing is snowballing on it’s own, but we keep investing as much as we can.

As I stated in my December 2022 post, 2022 finished off down, ending up below 3,900!  The market was DOWN 20% for 2022.  Only 1 time since 1980 has the stock market been down back to back years.

I bring this up, because the S&P 500 is up 4% March 2, 2023.  It’s true what they say, it’s hard to beat the odds when they are completely stacked with decades of history.  It appears this year could finish up, despite inflation still high and the fed raising interest rates.  I truly think we are due for a correction, but again – history usually proves otherwise.

In addition, the Fed has raised rates by 425 points in 2022 and 25 basis points just recently in 2023, 450 in total.  I am anticipating further 25 basis point hikes, especially as the labor market continues to boom.  The latest spending figures aren’t looking great and the labor market is still strong.  A 25 basis point increase in the 3rd week of March is pretty much a lock at this point.

Here is the breakdown of dividend income for the month of February, between taxable and retirement (far right column, under “Retirement”) accounts.  In addition, “W” means my wife’s account:

So what happened in dividend income this month?

Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), the two big telecom stocks, are bringing home the bacon from my dividend stock portfolio.  Despite the AT&T dividend revision, due to the sale of DirectTV & WarnerMedia, I am still churning over $80 in dividends, reinvesting into ~4 more shares.

My wife’s consumer staple stocks are looking solid, with dividends from General Mills (GIS), Procter & Gamble (PG) and Hormel (HRL).  Glad we also bought as much Starbucks (SBUX) that we did in the past, over $80 among my wife’s, my account and her retirement account!

I also split out my retirement accounts in the far right column and the taxable account dividends are in the left two columns.  The retirement accounts are composed of H.S.A. investments, ROTH and Traditional IRAs, as well as our work 401(k) accounts.  In total, the retirement accounts brought in a total dividend income amount of $366.38 or 31% of the dividend income total.  Did not crack $1,000 in taxable dividend income, unfortunately, this month.

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DIvidend Income Year over Year Comparison

2022: 2023:

Our dividend income was DOWN by $82.23 from last year.  Dangit.  What caused the decrease in dividend income?

First, the elephant in the room is AT&T (T).  This was an $86 decrease alone from the dividend reduction.  The gap will close soon with more dividend reinvestment and MAYBE a dividend increase within the next 24 months.

Second, Healthpeak Properties (PEAK) is no longer in my portfolio, as I sold and moved the procedures into Vanguard’s High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM) and Medical Properties (MPW).  PEAK just was not growing dividends and by making these moves, my income on an annual basis should be significantly higher.

Those declines were offset from dividend increases and dividend reinvestment.

Overall, an incredible dividend month.  The push to $2,000 for January 2024 is on!  Keep on investing.

Dividend Increases

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Dividend increases were OFF THE CHAIN in February!  Talk about non-stop dividend growth!

12 different companies increased their dividend in my portfolio from February.  A few wonderful surprises that did outweigh a few disappointments.

Shell (SHEL) continues their resurgence back to dividend growth.  Still not quite there yet, but as long as oil stays “expensive” with rising inflation, Shell should continue to earn money, hand over fist.  The double edge sword, unfortunately.

John Deere (DE) came in with an unexpected dividend increase, after they just did one.  That was very nice to see.

Unfortunately, T. Rowe (TROW) and 3M (MMM) are going through tough times – due to the stock market performance and high cost of goods for 3M.  This may be the case for the next 2-3 years for both companies.

My favorite, though, has to come from the the new position – Jackson Financial (JXN)!  Really tore the cover off the ball, no doubt!

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In total, the dividend increases created $125.99 in additional passive dividend income.  I would need to invest $3,600 at a 3.50% dividend yield in order to add that income.  Thank you for the increases, as I didn’t have to come up with the capital to create that form of income!

Dividend Income Conclusion & Summary

The name of the game is to apply what you learn through financial education.  The next steps are to maximize every dollar for investment opportunities and live life on your own terms.  My plan is to demonstrate that dividend income can be a revenue engine.  A revenue engine that allows you to take back control of your life.  A revenue engine to help you reach financial freedom.  Dividend investing, once you learn the right way, becomes easier and starts to immensely make sense!

Excited for the future, no doubt.  Further, all of the investing from last year and moves this year, shows that my aim to save 60% of my income, and making every dollar count, has provided the dividend growth.

If you are just starting out on your investment journey and you aren’t sure to start – please see the articles mentioned throughout this post.  We are trying to bring you financial education and help you reach your financial goals.  Further, if you are interested in our dividend stocks to buy for December, please see our YouTube channel, subscribe to our channel and check us out!  We’ll help break down further investing topics not only on this blog, but by showing you through video!

As always, thank you for stopping by, leave your comments and questions below.  Good luck and happy investing everyone!

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