I’m about a month late, but I still wanted to share our 2017 dividend totals. The numbers below represent dividends received from both individual stocks and Vanguard index funds in taxable accounts. I do not track dividends in our retirement accounts.
For the year we earned $4,751.38, a 38% increase over 2016!
Below is a comparison of monthly and cumulative totals over the last few years. The big jump this year was the result of a special dividend payout from an individual stock in February (PIP: $873.00) along with an overall increase in deposits to our index funds. We also own a handful of non-dividend paying stocks, which are obviously not accounted for here.
The list below provides a breakout of how much dividends were earned by each stock or index fund. In the future, I’d like to reduce the number of individual stocks we own, with a preference to those that will provide steady dividend growth for years to come. Some of the stocks are holdovers from purchases made many years ago and should probably be sold off with the proceeds used to help re-balance our portfolio.
I’ll get around to it one of these days!