2015 Year-End Performance
Beginning 2015 Account Value: $123,001.82
Ending 2015 Account Value: $153,615.72
Dividend income in 2015: $4,303.67
Forward 12-month dividends: $4,947.65
Options income in 2015: $855.70
Total lifetime dividend income: $9,297.86
Post-tax salary: $45,140
Pre-tax moonlighting income: $11,950
Effect of Dividend Increases
|Company||Effect of Dividend Increase|
|Johnson & Johnson||$12.29|
Dividend increases added $202.84 to my future dividends. This is 4.1% of my forward 12-month expected dividends. I’d have to add $6,760 at a 3% yield to get that same increase.
Unfortunately, as a company can increase its dividend, they can also take them away. I would have been getting an additional $47.92 in annual dividends from Kinder-Morgan alone following its increases throughout the year. Instead, KMI cut its dividend by 75%(!), dropping the annual dividend from $363.16 to $89.01.
Another dividend decrease was KKR. They’ve elected to decrease the dividends, increase stock buybacks, and have more available capital to buy other companies. We’ll see how that works out! It still pays a 4.11% dividend, so it isn’t all bad. This cut dropped its annual dividend from $329.55 to $150.65.
Altogether, these cuts cost me $404 a year in dividends, taking me down from $5351.55 to $4947.65. Ouch! That alone explains the importance of diversification!
Total 2015 Dividends
- $4,303.67 or $483.47/month
- Dividend Growth Year-Over-Year: 83%
- Year End Weighted-Dividend Average: 3.27%
- Year End Yield-on-Cost: 3.94%
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