Here is the dividend income report for October, 2014.
The monthly dividend income came out to $243.87. The yearly income total for 2014 through the end of the month was $3,236.89.
The income for October, 2013 was $184.81, and the yearly income total up through that month was $2,811.61. I made $198.43 in July, 2014 and $196.43 in April, 2014. I bought more Chubb; I now own just over 100 shares of CB. I think that going forward I will make at least $200 in January/April/July/October going forward. I might make less in January since Coke (KO) pulls its January dividend forward into December.
I have started keeping track of the three-month and twelve-month moving average of my income. I did this for a few reasons. Some stocks do not stick rigidly to a schedule of paying out every three months. I think ETN changed its schedule a while back, and VOD only pays twice a year. I also make a lot more in March, June, September and December than they do in January, April, July and October. I think that comparing moving averages will give a better idea how my income is changing over time given all these differences.
I have also decided that I will not try to get more balance in my monthly income. I wanted to buy more stocks that pay in January, April, July and October to make those months closer to the other months. I have a spreadsheet that I use to keep track of dividend announcements and payout amounts; it includes the stocks that I own and many I am looking at. I have noticed that a lot more stocks pay out in March, June, September and December than in January, April, July and October. Why fight the trend? Why not just go with it? I think keeping track of moving averages will smooth out these differences.
Which is the whole point of moving averages.
The 3-month moving average for October, 2014 was 368.19, and the 12-month MA for October, 2014 was 340.32. For September, 2014, the 3-month MA was $353.04, and the 12-month MA was $335.39. For Ocotber, 2013, the 3 month MA was $295.19, and the 12-month MA was $291.08.
Here are the stocks and the income amounts for October, 2014:
- Automatic Data Processing: $27.69
- Coca-Cola Co: $33.23
- MDU Resources Group Inc.: $9.87
- Kimberly-Clark: $46.79
- Chubb Corp: $50.47
- Illinois Tool Works: $26.00
- Piedmont Natural Gas Inc: $19.14
- Sysco Corp: $16.18
- RPM International Inc.: $14.50