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Monthly Dividend Income: July 2014

My favorite post to write each month. 🙂 This is when I get to share all my dividend income for the previous month. These dividends are what I’ll eventually use to live off of when I become financially independent.

I share these figures along with monthly income/expenses to not only track my progress towards financial independence but also to hopefully show others that it is possible to get started with dividend growth investing with a low income. The hardest part is weathering the first few years of small dividend payments and allow the compounding snowball to get rolling.

Here is July’s dividend income from my 3 stock investment accounts: Roth IRA, Loyal3, and Taxable Brokerage. I automatically reinvest all dividends in my Roth and selectively reinvest dividends, combining them with fresh capital every month or two, in my other accounts.

Roth IRA

Coca-Cola (KO): $4.37-reinvested into .103 shares @ $42.25 per share.

Realty Income (O): $2.85-reinvested into .062 shares @ $45.49 per share.

General Electric (GE): $5.86-reinvested into .226 shares @ $25.88 per share.

Loyal3

Coca-Cola (KO): $7.31

Taxable Brokerage

Altria (MO): $3.36

Phillip Morris (PM): $5.64

Realty Income (O): $19.92

General Electric (GE): $1.76

July Total: $51.07. As expected July came in a little light compared to previous months. With seven months down I’ve now earned $439.00 so far this year.

 

Full Disclosure: I am long KO, O, GE, MO, and PM. This post is not intended to be a buy or sell recommendation for any stock mentioned and is for entertainment/educational uses only.

How was your July for dividend income (or portfolio gains for any growth investors)? Share below with a comment and thanks for reading!

Monthly Dividend Income: June 2014

My favorite post to write each month. 🙂 This is when I get to share all my dividend income for the previous month. These dividends are what I’ll eventually use to live off of when I become financially independent.

I share these figures along with monthly income/expenses to not only track my progress towards financial independence but also to hopefully show others that it is possible to get started with dividend growth investing with a low income. The hardest part is weathering the first few years of small dividend payments and allow the compounding snowball to get rolling.

Here is June’s dividend income from my 3 stock investment accounts: Roth IRA, Loyal3, and Taxable Brokerage. I automatically reinvest all dividends in my Roth and selectively reinvest dividends, combining them with fresh capital every month or two, in my other accounts.

Roth IRA

Aflac (AFL): $8.14-reinvested into .132 shares @ $61.33 per share.

Visa (V): $2.80-reinvested into .013 shares @ $211.80 per share.

Chevron (CVX): $10.97-reinvested into .087 shares @ $124.77 per share.

Realty Income (O): $2.84-reinvested into .065 shares @ $43.67 per share.

Royal Dutch Shell Class B and Class A (RDSB and RDSA): $13.51-reinvested into .171 shares of RDSA @ $78.90 per share.

Loyal3

Target (TGT): $5.55

McDonald’s (MCD): $2.51

Taxable Brokerage

Wal-Mart (WMT): $0.96

Chevron (CVX): $5.35

IBM (IBM): $9.90

Target (TGT): $0.86

Realty Income (O): $19.89

BP (BP): $9.95

June Total: $93.23. Getting so close to that $100 mark! Maybe in September when all these companies pay out again. 😉 At the half-way mark of the year I’ve now earned $387.93 for the year.

 

Full Disclosure: I am long WMT, CVX, IBM, TGT, O, BP, AFL, V, RDSB, RDSA, and MCD. This post is not intended to be a buy or sell recommendation for any stock mentioned and is for entertainment/educational uses only.

How was your June for dividend income (or portfolio gains for any growth investors)? Share below with a comment and thanks for reading!

Monthly Investing Recaps: June 2014

At the start of each month I detail all the buy/sell activity here for each of my 3 individual stock portfolios: Loyal3, Roth IRA, and Taxable Brokerage accounts. It’s just one way I am chronicling my journey to financial independence here at Starting From Zero.

In addition to these 3 accounts, I also continued investing in my Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) again this month. Right now I’m contributing 4% of my base pay but may adjust this in the future. The majority of my investing will still be in my taxable and Roth accounts. The TSP is basically a 401k plan for federal employees including the military. It only offers index funds but does have probably the lowest expense ratios around, even lower than Vanguard. Right now I’m putting my contributions in the C Fund which mirrors the S&P 500 and the S Fund which is a small cap index fund. Since these deposits typically take a while to reach my account, I won’t be detailing those transactions here.

After not investing any new funds in May, I pooled all the cash I had and made one final purchase for my Roth IRA for the year and used the excess to make some smaller purchases through Loyal3.

Loyal3 Account

Buys

3.43 shares of Target (TGT) @ $58.31 per share.

3.3624 shares of Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS) @ $59.48 per share.

Sells

None.

Quick Hits: With Target continuing to trade at an attractive long-term entry point and recently announcing a 20.9% dividend increase, this dividend champion was a no-brainer to add to.

Dr. Pepper is a new position for my portfolio. DPS is a manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages that are sold in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company’s brands include its flagship Dr. Pepper and Snapple drinks, Sunkist soda, 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Crush soda, Hawiian Punch, Mott’s, Schweppes, and my personal favorite as a kid, Yoohoo. Unlike its main competitors, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, both of which are trading at P/E’s of 19+, Dr. Pepper’s P/E comes in at 17.5 with a forward P/E of 15.2, both of which are less than the S&P 500′s current and forward P/E ratios of 18.3 and 17 respectively. Although they have only been growing their dividend for 5 years, the stock does sport dividend growth rates of 10.4% for the past year, and 22.8% average for the last three years while still keeping the payout ratio at 47%.

Roth IRA

Buys

23 shares of Deere (DE) @ $91.80 per share.

Sells

None.

Quick Hits: Deere is another new position for my portfolio and one I’ve been looking to add for a while now. Growing up in a rural town and with plenty of farmers and other users of Deere tractors and equipment in my family, I guess I have a soft spot for the stock. Although earnings are expected to decrease in the coming few years, I like the long-term growth story of this company which is summed up nicely at their investor page. After keeping their dividend static for five quarters, Deere recently announced a 17.6% increase, bringing the quarterly payout up to $0.60 from $0.51. Sweet. :) Even after the recent run-up in price the stock continues to trade at an attractive valuation with a P/E of just 9.9.

Taxable Brokerage

No activity this month.

 

Full Disclosure: I am long TGT, DPS, DE, and KO. This post is not intended to be a buy or sell recommendation for any stock mentioned and is intended for educational/entertainment purposes only.

How was your June for investing? What do you think of my stock picks this month? Share with a comment below and thank you for reading!

Monthly Dividend Income: May 2014

My favorite post to write each month. 🙂 This is when I get to share all my dividend income for the previous month. These dividends are what I’ll eventually use to live off of when I become financially independent.

I share these figures along with monthly income/expenses to not only track my progress towards financial independence but also to hopefully show others that it is possible to get started with dividend growth investing with a low income. The hardest part is weathering the first few years of small dividend payments and allow the compounding snowball to get rolling.

Here is May’s dividend income from my 3 stock investment accounts: Roth IRA, Loyal3, and Taxable Brokerage. I automatically reinvest all dividends in my Roth and selectively reinvest dividends, combining them with fresh capital every month or two, in my other accounts.

Roth IRA

AT&T (T): $12.28-reinvested into .344 shares @ $35.67 per share.

Apple (AAPL): $6.75-reinvested into .011 shares @ $592.23 per share.

Realty Income (O): $2.82-reinvested into .065 shares @ $43.01 per share.

Kinder Morgan Inc.: $13.86-reinvested into .415 shares @ $33.36 per share.

Loyal3

No dividends this month.

Taxable Brokerage

AT&T (T): $18.86

Realty Income (O): $19.89

May Total: $74.46. A new monthly high! 🙂 Just by a couple bucks, beating March’s numbers. With 5 months down I’ve now received $294.70 for the year. I can probably now safely say I won’t be hitting my goal of $1000 in dividends this year but with projected annual dividends approaching 1k, I should be able to reach that figure for sure next year. Oh, well, as long as I am making progress. 😉

 

Full Disclosure: I am long T, AAPL, O, and KMI. This post is not intended to be a buy or sell recommendation on any stock mentioned and is designed to be used for educational/entertainment purposes only. Only you are responsible for your investing and I always encourage you to conduct your own research prior to investing. Please see mydisclaimer page for more information.

How was your May for dividend income (or portfolio gains for any growth investors)? Do you have any dividend income goals you are trying to reach this year?

Monthly Investing Recaps: April 2014

At the start of each month I detail all my buy/sell activity for each of my 3 individual stock portfolios: Loyal3, Roth IRA, and Taxable Brokerage accounts. It’s just one way I am chronicling my journey to financial independence here at Starting From Zero.

In addition to these 3 accounts, I also continued investing in my Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) again this month. Right now I’m contributing 4% of my base pay but may adjust this in the future. The majority of my investing will still be in my taxable and Roth accounts. The TSP is basically a 401k plan for federal employees including the military. It only offers index funds but does have probably the lowest expense ratios around, even lower than Vanguard. Right now I’m putting my contributions in the C Fund which mirrors the S&P 500 and the S Fund which is a small cap index fund. Since these deposits typically take a while to reach my account, I won’t be detailing those transactions here.

With my tax refunds hitting my account this month I was able to invest more than normal as I put all of my refund into stocks. Here is what I did in April.

Loyal3 Account

Buys

7.72 shares of Coca-Cola (KO) @ $38.86 per share.

1.6361 shares of Target (TGT) @ $61.12 per share.

8.3479 shares of Target (TGT) @ $59.89 per share.

Sells

None.

Quick Hits: After receiving my tax refund this month I put all of my normal monthly investing capital to work here increasing my stake in Target. I plan on continuing to dollar cost average into KO as long as it remains at or below $40 as I would like this dividend champion to be a core holding in my portfolio.

Roth IRA

Buys

7 shares of Visa (V) @ $199.30 per share.

22 shares of Aflac (AFL) @ $61.00 per share.

Sells

None.

Quick Hits: I received a combined federal/state tax refund of just over $2800 which I quickly put to work initiating two new positions for my portfolio. I detailed my buy list recently and ended up going with Visa and Aflac. With its low yield it is easy to look at V as only a growth stock and not consider it as a dividend growth stock. However, the global payments processor now has a 7 year history of raising their dividend since going public and with a low payout ratio and high earnings growth figures to be able to continue doing so at a high rate in the future. With the shares dipping below $200, off a 52 week high of $235, and trading at a reasonable 25x earnings I started a position.

Aflac is a dividend champion in the insurance industry with a 31 year history of annual dividend raises. Due to currency concerns regarding their large amount of business in Japan, AFL is trading at a very attractive P/E of 9.

Taxable Brokerage

Buys

None.

Sells

29 shares of Powershares Financial Preferred ETF (PGF) @ $17.81 per share.

Quick Hits: This was one of my first purchases when I started buying individual stocks/ETF’s last year. I was attracted by the fund’s high yield and monthly payouts and not exactly understanding how preferred shares work, started a position. While the monthly payout is nice for individuals needing income today, I’d rather have more growth so I sold all my shares this month at a little bit of a loss and reinvested that money in my Loyal3 account.

 

Full Disclosure: I am long AFL, KO, TGT, and V. This post is not intended to be a buy or sell recommendation on any stock or ETF mentioned and is designed for educational/entertainment purposes only. Only you are responsible for your investing and I always encourage you to conduct your own research prior to investing. Please see my disclaimer page for more information.

How was your April for investing? What do you think of my buys/sells for my portfolio? Share with a comment below and thank you for reading.

Investment Account Types

After choosing your investment strategy, deciding on where to make those investments from is the next step.

For those of you new to investing here is a quick rundown of common accounts that you can use to save for retirement.

Non-Retirement (Taxable) Brokerage Accounts: This is where I have the bulk of my stocks currently, though this year I want to focus more on putting more money in tax-advantaged accounts. Although I will be using the dividend income produced by this account for financial independence/early retirement, the account isn’t technically a retirement account as it has no tax advantages like IRA’s and 401k’s. The big benefit to having this type of account is that I can withdraw funds (dividends and principle) at any age, whether that be once I’m 40 (and hopefully financially independent 🙂 )or even tomorrow if I need some extra cash to supplement my current income. As these types of accounts aren’t tax advantaged, there are no contribution limits.

401k: With the days of defined benefit pensions mostly over, the 401k has become the primary retirement savings tool for most people. These plans are offered through your employer and generally allow you to invest in various mutual funds/index funds. Some employers may even match your contributions up to a certain percentage, essentially giving you free money. Generally contributions to 401k’s are made with pre-tax dollars, meaning the contributions will be tax deductible when you put them in but will be taxed when you begin withdrawing them. However there are some plans that now offer a Roth version, meaning the money you contribute is made with after-tax dollars, which although won’t give you a tax break today, can be withdrawn tax-free when you retire. For 401k’s you can’t withdraw funds until you turn 55 or 59 1/2 depending on your situation. The contribution limit per year by the employee is $17,500 (employer matches don’t count toward the limit).

IRA’s: There are two primary types of IRA’s: Traditional and Roth. The traditional option work the same as most 401k’s with contributions being pre-tax dollars. The Roth is made with after-tax dollars. The main difference between IRA’s and 401k’s are that IRA’s are accounts you can start on your own whereas you must work for a company that offers a 401k plan to participate in that type of investment vehicle. The great thing with an IRA is that you have more freedom to invest the way you want. You can choose to invest directly with a mutual fund company and invest in their funds or you can open a brokerage account as an IRA, giving you the option to not only buy mutual funds, but also individual stocks and ETF’s. This is how I have my Roth IRA set up, as a brokerage account.  Money put in traditional IRA’s cannot be accessed until you turn 59 1/2 without incurring an early withdrawal fee and paying taxes. For Roth accounts, you can withdraw the amount of your contributions (but not any earnings) anytime. All additional funds in Roth’s cannot be accessed until you turn 59 1/2 without incurring a penalty. The current annual contribution limit for all of your IRA’s combined (if you have multiple ones) is $5500.

So what’s my plan for using these different types of investment accounts?

Right now I invest in a combination of the 3, with the bulk of my portfolio in a taxable brokerage account (and my Loyal3 account which is structured the same way as taxable) made up of dividend growth stocks, the rest in a Roth IRA of more dividend growth stocks, and a small part in my Thrift Savings Plan (federal employee 401k) which is made up of index funds. My TSP account will be probably be rolled over into a traditional IRA once I leave the military so I can invest into stocks instead of just index funds.

What about you? What type of investment accounts do you use? Thanks for reading. 🙂

March 2014 Balance Sheet

Today I’ll be sharing my personal balance sheet, listing all of my assets and liabilities to figure out what my current net worth is. Tracking your net worth is a good exercise and something not many people do on a regular basis. While it doesn’t show how much dividend income I’m pulling in, which is how I plan on achieving financial independence early, it does provide a good overall snapshot of my financial life. Note: the +/- after each category total represents the change only from the prior month.

Assets

Emergency Fund: $4,500.00 (+$0). Starting this month I’m going to report this separately from my other cash savings as it will generally remain steady unlike the cash savings listed below.

Cash Savings: $4490.81 (+$1203.29). Continued to pack away money to prepare to move into my own apartment off base later this year. I’ve pretty much saved as much as I figure I need in order to pay the first few month’s rent, plus all the other expenses such as furniture, etc. Whatever I don’t use will probably go to my Roth.

Roth IRA: $7,322.69 (+$670.66) Added in the $721.50 I got back from a college tuition refund and used it to buy some Kinder Morgan Inc. Continuing to drip all holdings as I only plan to make a few more purchases in this account the rest of the year.

Brokerage: $10,798.73 (-$529.91) The majority of the cash I had in this account plus all dividends I received throughout the month I withdrew in order to fund my Loyal3 purchases. It’s like selectively reinvesting dividends, but commission free! 😉

Loyal3: $1109.92 (+$776.70) Continued to add to my positions in Coke and Target, plus initiated a position in McDonald’s.

Thrift Savings Plan: $976.98 (-$9.47). Although I started investing in this account again in March, none of the new deposits have hit the account yet so not much of a change here. I’m investing in a combination of an S&P 500 index fund and a small cap index fund.

Auto Worth: $5,820.00 (-$435.00). After last month’s weird gains, this has started to trend downward again. Nice reminder to myself to not think of cars as an investment. The only reason I include it here is that it’s probably the one non-financial asset I have that if I ever needed to sell, could probably get close to its market value.

Assets Total: $35,019.13 (+1,676.27)

Liabilities

Credit Cards: $174.31 (-$197.57). As I never carry a balance on my cards and my billing cycle ends in the middle of each month, this is simply my current balance on the last day of March.

Net Worth: $34,844.82 (+1873.94). I was really helped along this month with getting my tuition refund check back plus general gains in the market overall. My goal for 2014 is to get this up to $40,000.

How was your March for finances? Do you track your net worth and if so are there any other items you track on yours? Please leave a comment below and thanks for reading!

Monthly Investing Recaps: March 2014

At the start of each month I plan on detailing all my buy/sell activity for each of my 3 individual stock portfolios: Loyal3, Roth IRA, and Taxable Brokerage accounts. It’s just one way I am chronicling my journey to financial independence here at Starting From Zero.

In addition to these 3 accounts, I also started investing in my Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) again this month to help put more of my money in tax advantaged accounts. Right now I’m contributing 4% of my base pay but may adjust this in the future. The majority of my investing will still be in my taxable and Roth accounts. The TSP is basically a 401k plan for federal employees including the military. It only offers index funds but does have probably the lowest expense ratios around, even lower than Vanguard. 😉 Right now I’m putting my contributions in the C Fund which mirrors the S&P 500 and the S Fund which is a small cap index fund. Since these deposits typically take a while to reach my account, I won’t be detailing those transactions here but will now be including a total on my portfolio page.

I also received a surprise check from my college late in March with a tuition refund of $721.50 which was from me overpaying my tuition bill for the last 3 semesters before some of my scholarships were deposited. I knew I was getting a refund at some point but had completely forgotten about it. 🙂 I put this money to work immediately, combining it with most of the cash in my Roth to initiate a new position in Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI) which was one of the stocks on my buy list that I highlighted here.

Loyal3 Account

Buys: 03 Mar: 7.6296 shares of Coca-Cola (KO) @ $38.01 per share.

19 Mar: 2.0854 shares of Target (TGT) @ $59.94 per share.

19 Mar: 3.0985 shares of McDonald’s (MCD) @ $96.82 per share.

19 Mar: 1.297 shares of Coca-Cola (KO) @ $38.55 per share.

Quick Hits: Similar to last month as I continue dollar cost averaging into both Coke and Target. Looking to diversify a bit more this month I added McDonald’s, a dividend champion with 38 years of dividend growth. With a P/E of 17, I consider the stock to be fairly valued and will likely continue to add to my position in the coming months.

Roth IRA

Buys: 31 Mar: 33 shares of Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI) @ 32.13 per share.

Quick Hits: I combined some fresh capital this month with the cash I had just sitting idle in my Roth and finally pulled the trigger on KMI with the energy giant trading at an attractive valuation relative to its 52 week trading range. At current prices the stock boosts a dividend yield of 5.10% and is expected to be able to grow that dividend by 8% annually. Like all of my Roth holdings, the dividends received will be automatically reinvested. I plan on doing a full blog post on KMI here soon.

Taxable Brokerage: No buy or sell activity this month.

Overall a pretty solid month of investing. Combined all of my purchases this month added $78.62 to my projected annual dividend income. With the purchase of KMI, this puts me slightly overweight in the energy sector and will most likely be my last energy pick-up for a while. (Unless of course, another bargain presents itself next month. 😉 ) With a relatively small portfolio, I’m comfortable being overweight in certain sectors or stocks (like Realty Income) at the moment knowing future additions will help balance it out in the coming years. Once I get closer to financial independence, portfolio allocation is going to become more important. Until then, I plan on continuing to add whatever stocks are trading at fair value (or below) and meet my guidelines.

 

Full Disclosure: I am long KO, MCD, TGT, and KMI. This post is not intended to be a buy or sell recommendation on any stock mentioned and is designed for educational/entertainment purposes only. Only you are responsible for your investing and I always encourage you to conduct your own research prior to investing. Please see my disclaimer page.

How was your March for investing? What do you think of the additions to my portfolio? Share with a comment below and thank you for reading.

Why Are IRA Contribution Limits So Low?

When I first started learning to invest, one of the first things that I learned about when it came to retirement accounts was the Roth IRA, mostly from the teachings of my father. Sounded like a really good plan at the time and I couldn’t think of any drawbacks to it. Although my contributions would be taxed prior to going into my account so that I could withdraw money tax free in retirement, I was and still am in a low enough tax bracket where it seemed like a great trade-off. Plus I could get to put in $5500 a year which I assumed would be plenty to save for retirement. As I progressed in my investing and embraced the dividend growth strategy I decided achieving financial independence would become my new goal instead of a “normal” retirement age. The key to this I quickly learned, by way of reading great blogs such as Mr. Money Mustache and Dividend Mantra was that saving and investing a high percentage of my income, 50% or more, was really the key to achieving this goal.

Once I got my spending under control and began this new frugal lifestyle completely, I realized how quickly I was going to max out my Roth each year, leaving me to have to invest the rest of my savings into taxable brokerage accounts. While having a large chunk of my investments in taxable accounts will allow me more flexibility in early retirement, I would still like to take full advantage of my Roth as I’ve learned more about being able to withdraw contributions (principle) from these accounts before 59 1/2 years of age without penalty. I tried to figure out any other way of contributing more to a tax-advantaged account. I looked into maybe opening a Traditional IRA, I figured if I did that, maybe I could contribute $5500 to both? 😉 After a very short google search I quickly realized that this would not work. The $5500 limit is for all the IRA’s you own, regardless if you have multiple accounts or account types. 🙁

What’s the point of the government trying to give incentives for people to save for their own retirements and be self-sufficient if you are going to limit how much they can save? Shouldn’t ol’ Uncle Sam allow people like me, who despite their relatively low income want to put away large amounts of money each year for their retirement? Plus, I imagine a majority of the individuals out there with IRA’s probably invest in mutual funds and probably don’t have the investing itch that I do, investing the rest of my money in a “non-retirement” account. So what did I do? I did what any good citizen should do, write my Congressman.

Figuring I had a better shot at getting a response if I diversified a little, I sent the same e-mail to both the Representative from my district and both of my state’s Senator’s. A staff member of one of the Senator’s actually called me to discuss my proposal to increase the limit for at least for those in the lower tax brackets but he didn’t seem to really understand what I was asking for and just gave me a lot of political bullshit. The second sent me an e-mail which you can see below explaining how the government can’t afford to raise contribution limits to tax-advantaged accounts like IRA’s and 401k’s due to the potential lost revenue.

Dear Mr. SFZ,

Thank you for sharing your views on the system of retirement tax incentives. I agree with you about the importance of encouraging Americans to save for their retirement, particularly given employers’ increasing shift from defined-benefit pension plans to defined-contribution plans, and many Americans’ concerns about whether they will outlive their savings. 401(k) plans and IRAs serve a crucial role in facilitating retirement savings, and I will carefully consider the effects of any proposed changes to these incentives in upcoming tax reform efforts and budget negotiations.

While retirement tax incentives like IRAs undoubtedly benefit our society by encouraging people to plan ahead for their future financial needs, I cannot commit to expanding their reach. As it stands, these tax incentives will cost the Treasury approximately $117 billion this fiscal year in forgone tax revenue, and in a time of tightened budgets and growing national debt, we must be cautious about increasing this figure, whether by raising allowable contributions or by reducing penalties for early withdrawal. That said, I remain open to tax reform proposals that tweak this system in fiscally responsible ways.

Once again, thank you for being in touch with me. I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind while I work on the wide range of issues that come before the Senate. Please feel free to contact me in the future on other matters that I can bring to the Senate’s attention.

 

Best Regards,

ANGUS S. KING, JR.
United States Senator

This is the actual e-mail, copied and pasted directly from my g-mail account with just one minor name change. 😉

So basically I have to hinder my investing, impacting my retirement goals because the government can’t afford any additional lost revenue. If a 21 year old can get his financial house in order and develop a long-term approach to his financial management practices, why can’t the government?

In the mean time until our country can get it’s massive spending habit under control so it won’t “need” all this tax revenue and contribution limits can be raised I plan on continuing to max out my IRA(s) and investing the majority of the rest of my monthly savings in my taxable brokerage/Loyal3 accounts. I’m also starting up my Thrift Savings Plan contributions this month which although will not allow me to invest in dividend growth stocks, will allow me to put more money away in a tax-advantaged account on top of my $5500 IRA contribution.

What are your thoughts on IRA and 401k limits? Do you believe they should be raised? How about for individuals with lower incomes? Share your thoughts and opinions below with a comment. Thanks for reading! 

Monthly Dividend Income: February 2014

Each month I plan on sharing all of my income received from dividends. These dividends are what I’ll eventually use to live off of when I become financially independent.

Here is February’s dividend income from my 3 stock investment accounts: Brokerage, Roth IRA, and Loyal3. I collect all dividends in my taxable brokerage account as cash and manually reinvest them along with new contributions each month either in the same account or into my Loyal3 account. All dividends are automatically reinvested into the same stocks in my Roth.

Dividends Received

Brokerage: $41.35

AT&T (T): $18.86

Realty Income (O): $19.86

Powershares Financial Preferred (PGF): $2.63

Roth IRA: $21.12

AT&T (T): $12.11-reinvested into .374 shares @ $32.37 per share.

Apple (AAPL): $6.23-reinvested into .011 shares @ 540.21 per share.

Realty Income (O): $2.78-reinvested into .066 shares @ $41.70 per share.

Loyal3: $0. No dividends yet as this is still a fairly new account that I just opened in January.

February Total: $62.47. This was a good month as I received dividends from AT&T, one of my larger holdings and I got a nice increase from Realty Income as I purchased more shares in January. This brings my 2014 year to date total at $98.45 or 9.8% of my goal of $1000 in dividend income for the year. Although 1000 seems like an unreachable goal based off of these first few months, I remain confident I’ll be able to reach it (or at least come very close 😉 ). My dividend income should start increasing in the coming months as I start getting dividends from all my new KO purchases and once I get back to investing half of my take home pay once I get all my apartment money saved up.

 

Full Disclosure: I am long T, O, PGF, and AAPL. This post is not intended to be a buy or sell recommendation on any stock mentioned and is designed for educational purposes only. Only you are responsible for your investing and I always encourage you to conduct your own research prior to investing. Good luck!

How was your February for dividend income? Do you have any dividend income goals you are trying to reach this year?