Dividend Income Update – December 2014

These are the posts every dividend growth investor loves to read and write about, the monthly dividend income report. And why not? It’s a chance for us to highlight our “earned” passive income for the previous month and measure our own dividend income growth.


December was a record month for my taxable and ROTH account as I broke through the $300 mark for the first time ever in my taxable account while earning a record high $71.71 in my ROTH.


December also brought a new dividend distribution for a relatively new position in my ROTH account receiving payment from Unilever plc (UL) for the first time.


My end of year dividends from my brokerage account is $2,474.92 and from my ROTH account $479.95 for a grand total of $2,954.87. Not too bad for earning almost $3,000 without having to lift a finger.


Are any of the names below in your portfolio too? How was your December dividend income?


Brokerage Account

End of year dividends: $2,474.92

Total: $315.08


ROTH Account

End of year dividends: $479.95

Total: $71.71

Disclosure: Long all above

48 thoughts on “Dividend Income Update – December 2014”

    • Hi R2R,

      Thank you for the continued encouragement and support. Honestly, regarding dividend income, I never set up specific goals in years past. All I was looking for was an increase from the previous year. Of course, in 2014 I started my blog which holds me accountable for my actions as well as a measure I can use to compare to other dividend blogs that are out there so for 2015 I have set a goal in mind of breaking $4K in dividend income. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi DG,

      You said it. Anytime a new milestone is achieved is cause for celebration. As dividend income bloggers we all like the end of quarter months the best. They are always huge for us all. Thank you for the kind words and look forward to your dividend progress in 2015 as well.

    • Hi LAH,

      I was very pleased with my 2014 results. With all the recent buying towards the end of 2014 going on in my portfolio and others, we have certainly set ourselves up for a nice first quarter in dividend income for 2015. Thank you for your continued support and for stopping by.

  1. Congrats on the great December dividend figure. I broke 1500 for the first time ever in December. I am ready for 2015, and looking to deploy some funds into great dividend players. It seems like your doubling down on some companies in both roth and non roth accounts. Any reason why? Good Luck in 2015.
    EL @ Moneywatch101 recently posted…Milestones Achieved in 2014My Profile

    • Hi EL,

      It’s always a great feeling to break dividend income records. Seems like it’s further justification for what we are all doing. I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily doubling down on any of my positions, rather just going with what has worked for me the past several years. Good or bad I am not invested in energy nor REITs or other high yield plays like SDRL, RIG, ARCP, PSEC and the like. Not that I’m against those investments, it’s just that I feel more comfortable investing in lower yield dividend growers rather than chase current high yield. In that respect it may seem like I’m doubling down on some of my recent purchases. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi AG,

      I would love to add more to the health/pharma sector but find many of the valuations a bit too high. JNJ is already a Janury stock consideration of mine while I’d love to add more ABT and ABBV as well. In the meantime I’ll be looking elsewhere. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi M,

      I have to say that prior to joining the DGI blogosphere I never really set goals for my dividend income. I just invested slowly and watched them grow. Now that I have started this blog I feel more motivated to keep increasing the monthly dividend income as fast as possible and the encouragement I get from comments like yours and others just fuels the fire. Thank you for stopping by.

    • Hi Adam,

      Thank you for the kind words. I fully intend to keep injecting as much fresh capital into these stable dividend payers throughout 2015. I appreciate your comment.

  2. Looks like you had a great year in 2014. $2,954.87 in dividend income is great for not doing anything at all. I love getting paid for doing absolutely nothing. Keep up the good work and here’s to an excellent 2015!
    Tawcan recently posted…Recent buysMy Profile

    • Hi Tawcan,

      The year finished well above my 2013 totals so in that respect I was quite happy with the results. I continue to feel fully excited about 2015 and my first stock purchases for the year. I love how every purchase we make simply sows dividend seeds that we reap in three months time. It makes our progress easy and fun to follow. Thank you for commenting.

    • Hi FtFF,

      Funny you mention ‘you reap what you sow’ as I just used that analogy in a comment for Tawcan. Our dividend purchases today will show themselves in a short three month time period. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

    • Hi MSF,

      Thank you for the kind words. I had a lot of buying in November and December which just sets up my portfolio for a stronger Q1 2015. As always, I appreciate your comment.

  3. Unless you can telepathically control your computer, you did indeed have to lift a finger for these dividends – to click the buy button! 🙂

    Congrats on breaking $300 in a month and on earning ~$3k in dividends. That snowball is going to keep rolling through 2015 and it’s going to continue crushing those milestones!
    Seraph recently posted…Dividend Income, December 2014My Profile

    • Hi Seraph,

      True, there was effort in clicking my mouse. I should have mentioned that 🙂 I am pretty excited about 2015 as I’ll have that extra $3k in dividends working for me no matter how much or how little I invest this year. That’s the magic of compounding. I was pretty excited about breaking $300 for the month as well. It’s always nice to surpass a record and set up a new milestone to achieve. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Great month and year! Some of the names are in my portfolio. I’d like to add more JNJ and some KO and MMM but couldn’t find a decent entry point for MMM and was lacking money for KO when the opportunity arised… I hope to add them to my portfolio in 2015.

    Almost 300$ per month… it’s a car payment my friend!
    QuitYourDayJob101 recently posted…December 2014 & end of year updateMy Profile

    • Hi QYDJ101,

      Great way of looking at my December income, a car payment. How true! All in steps as we grow our dividend income and realize what it can pay for in any given month. I remember how excited I was a few years back when I realized that my Internet or cel phone was covered by my monthly dividends. Of course, our aims are much higher but such is the life of a snowball. It starts small but grows quickly into a behemoth.

      Good luck trying to pick up some MMM. I haven’t added to that position in several years as stock price/valuation kept creeping higher and higher. Maybe we’ll get a chance the way the market has been behaving. Thank you for commenting.

  5. I’m long about 70% of the stocks that you listed. I have been tempted to buy VFC lately but thought that the price was a bit too high. If the market keeps its downward move for a few more days, it will be time to pick up a few shares.
    Best wishes for 2015,

    • Hi KeithX,

      Always happy to find fellow shareholders. It just enforces your own belief that you made a good decision with your stock purchase. I would love to buy more VFC. It has been on fire for the last five years. I added more not long after its stock split and wish I would have bought much more. We’ll see how things go as I still may be tempted to buy even at current valuations. I am keeping an eye on it. Sometimes quality companies demand a premium. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • Hi HMB,

      Thank you for the kind words. Good to hear you have some of the same stocks as well and a solid December. The end of quarter months are always fun for dividend growth investors. Look forward to your continued progress into 2015 as well. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi DM,

      Thanks for the encouraging words. 2014 rounded out just nicely as I know many of the dividend bloggers were anticipating how they’d finish as well. Without any formal goal set for 2015 I share your sentiment that $4k in 2015 should be surpassed. My dividend investing really increased towards the end of 2014 which no doubt has set me up for a nice Q1 this year. Thank you for the continued support.

    • Hi FerdiS,

      Thank you for the well wishes. I was very pleased with my 2014 end of year results. Now I am excited to see how my end of year purchases will affect my dividends in the first quarter of 2015. Keep that ball rolling and growing. Thank you for commenting.

    • Hi DG,

      Breaking the $300 mark was a nice surprise. I knew I’d get close to that figure but did not expect to crack it. Of course, as you know dividends in, dividends back out. Let them keep working. Thank you for commenting.

  6. DH,

    Congratulations on an annual dividend income of $3000 and a December dividend income of $400. Nothing wrong with an extra $250/month without lifting a finger.

    Best of luck throughout 2015 and I’m sure you’ll crush your $4000 annual dividend income goal!

    Mr. Captain Cash

    • Hi MCC,

      Thank you for the words of encouragement and your support. My 2014 totals came in much higher than my previous year total and for that I was very pleased. The way I see it, end of year dividend totals are like a bonus at the end of the year, except I don’t spend it just reinvest it. It will be interesting to see how things pan out in 2015. So far January has proven to be quite ugly. Better buying opportunities ahead? Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi ADD,

      Thank you for the kind words. Always nice to receive those dividends as we go about our lives. That’s the beauty of passive income. You can continue to work, volunteer, travel, sleep, play or whatever and those dividends keep rolling in. Thank you for stopping by.

    • Hi DFG,

      December tends to be one of the best months for many dividend portfolios as it comes at the end of a quarter at the end of the year giving eleven months of prior compounding to work its magic. I agree that the more dividends roll in the more peace of mind it affords as a secondary and eventually primary income source. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi JG,

      It’s always a great feeling passing a milestone. Dividend income is a very real and measurable way to see your passive income grow. Just imagine the compounding effects on your portfolio after ten or twenty years. Thank you for sharing your personal best.

    • Hi DD,

      I can honestly say that it does feel good to actually see this passive income come in from the previous year. Prior to starting my blog I never really tracked my dividend progress even though I have been investing in this manner since 2007. Writing it all down and sharing my progress online definitely makes it more tangible for me. I look forward to increasing my passive income stream in 2015. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi DD,

      Thank you for the kind words and continued support. Writing those dividend income reports are by far the most fun blog posts to create. I am happy to be able to offer you inspiration along your own dividend income quest. Keep adding as much fresh capital as you can, don’t chase yield, buy solid dividend growers and reinvest all distributions and watch that dividend snowball of yours continue to grow. Thank you for commenting.

  7. I think December is probably the most welcome month of the year for dividend investors. We can fully assess our progress for the year, and it sets the stage for the new year. Breaking $300 for December feels great, doesn’t it? It may not sound like that much in comparison to one’s expenses and job income, but it gives you more options than when you rely 100% on job income. And having options is what this game is all about.

    • Hi DQ,

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. Increased dividend income is all about increased options and becoming less reliant on your job income, whether you work for someone or for yourself. This passive side income is an ever growing stream that can fully provide or at the very least supplement you in retirement. The way I see it, my dividend income is already a monthly car payment when divided throughout the year. Just knowing that is a comforting feeling. Look forward to a strong 2015 and in about eleven months seeing how we all close out the year. One thing about dividend income is that it’s a very tangible metric one can document. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


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