Dividend Income Update April 2018

It’s dividend income update time. One of my favorite times of the month as I get to review my previous month of passive income received from my dividend income portfolios.


Without rehashing the wild ride we experienced in the market last month, I could find comfort in one thing, my dividends. As we all know, the market may move up and down irrationally and seemingly on a whim while our dividends remain much more stable, reliable and predictable. Sure, dividends may not increase every year and a cut or elimination is even possible but the odds are greatly reduced when you diversify among different companies and sectors and focus on dividend quality (free cash flow, EPS and payout ratios). Forget chasing the high yield unicorns and focus on the boring lower yielding but sustainable dividends. In the long run you’ll be better off. With that being said, let’s take a look at my April 2018 dividend totals.


Brokerage Account

Year to date dividends: $1,675.96

Total: $420.31

ROTH Account

Year to date dividends: $672.53

Total: $151.25

IRA Account

Year to date dividends: $277.95

Total: $67.83


Dividend income from my taxable account totaled $420.31 up from $297.61 an increase of 41.2% from April of last year.


Dividend income from my ROTH account totaled $151.25 up from $121.03 an increase of 25.0% from this time last year.


Dividend income from my IRA account totaled $67.83 up from $1.91, a year over year increase of 3,451.3%.


Grand total for the month of April: $639.39 an increase of 52.0% from April 2017.


Now those are some figures to get excited about. I realize that not every month will produce these great results as payout schedules can shift throwing year over year increases out of whack. April saw one of two annual payments made from DEO which skewed results much higher compared to my January totals. As long as I’m on track to surpass my 2017 results I know I’m headed in the right direction and with a third of the year gone by so far, 2018 is looking good.


Are any of these dividend stocks in your portfolio too? How was your April dividend income? Please let me know below.


Disclosure: Long all above

46 thoughts on “Dividend Income Update April 2018”

  1. Nice increase. Mine are stagnating 🙁 but I am focusing on creating an active source of income (options trading) which can be invested into future passive income (dividends)… So I am not that concerned yet…
    But, anyway, you have a great progress… Good luck!

    • Hi Martin,

      Passive or active… income is income any which way you can get it. Clearly, I’m on the passive dividend bandwagon but there’s nothing wrong with active trading/options, etc. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    • Hi MDD,

      Thank you for your kind words and continued support. Happy to be a fellow PEP shareholder too. It’s always exciting getting that first dividend payment from a new holding.

  2. Hey DH. Nice job with your portfolio. Those yearly increases are huge. I see they you have some of the same stocks in your different accounts – is that by design? Great work and congrats on the excellent month!

    • Hi DF,

      Yes, it was by design. I figure, if I like a stock enough to be in my taxable account I can like it enough to be in my ROTH account as well. Thank you for your comment and continued support.

    • Hi DD,

      Looks like the primary factor for that growth has been my consistent buying. Some months I bought a lot and others not as much but the key has been consistency with my purchases no matter what’s going on in the market.

    • Hi DD,

      PEP continues to impress even in a market that is dumping all over the consumer staples. Just goes to show the brand power PEP controls. The plan is to keep nibbling and growing that passive income stream.

    • Hi BD,

      This portfolio was built out over a decade and the balance and mix of companies has been very deliberate. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi CD,

      Always fun seeing some incredible percentage increase. Of course, these come from time to time when companies change their payout schedules skewing year over year results. I don’t expect to see many of these four digit percentage increases going forward.

    • Hi MD,

      I’m not done, buying/building out my portfolio by any means. I’ll keep making my monthly buys and slowly but surely increase my passive income stream share by individual share.

    • Hi ED,

      Sometimes you can’t time the exact dates of a dividend payout. While LTC pays out a monthly dividend I did not receive the March payment till early April. The second payout was the normal April payment. As always, I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi Doug,

      Thank you for those kind words and continued support. Over time, many of our portfolios will hold common names. Just the nature of DGI. Thank you for commenting.

    • Hi DD,

      You can probably imagine how happy I was once I saw the final dividend tally for the month. I have to get my May results put up sometime in the next few days. Just keep nibbling and buying and move forward is my motto (largely ignoring the financial headlines too is what I do 🙂 ).

    • Hi PIG,

      This month the growth rate was on the high side. I don’t expect these year over year results every month and I’ll be happy as long as I can put up gains, no matter the size, each month.

    • Hi FS,

      That’s a solid showing for the month on your end. Keep up that amazing work. Like you, I put my income to work right away via reinvestment. Have to help that snowball along any way we can.

    • Hi DP,

      So far 2018 has been a good year. Solid year over year gains each month which means I’ll keep doing more of the same. Happy to be a fellow KMB holder too.

    • Hi MH,

      “Off” month, “on” month… whatever 🙂 I just want to keep putting up solid year over year income gains which just affirms my strategy is working.


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