Dividend Income Update January 2018

The beginning of every month is exciting for all dividend income investors as we look back at the previous month and see how much passive dividend income our portfolios generated. No doubt, these are the best posts to write and read online as it only provides further proof that dividend investing can work over time and that anyone can create an ever growing passive income stream.


Looking back at my January totals I see that my year over year improvement has been progressing just fine. One nice thing about my January total was the addition of $897.56 as a result of the C.R. Bard, Inc. (BCR) merger with Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX). In addition to the cash I also received 2.0441 shares in BDX. Both BCR and BDX have been long time holdings in my dividend growth portfolio. With that being said, let’s take a look back at my January 2018 dividend income.


Dividend income from my taxable account totaled $245.72 up from $206.97 an increase of 18.7% from January of last year.


Dividend income from my ROTH account totaled $139.11 up from $121.29 an increase of 14.7% from this time last year.


Dividend income from my IRA account totaled $45.40 up from $12.20 from this time last year, an increase of 272.1%


Cash received from BCR/BDX merger: $897.56


Grand total for the month of January dividends: $430.23 an increase of 26.4% from January 2017.


Grand total for the month of January dividends plus cash received: $1,327.79


Now that’s a strong start to 2018! Getting that extra cash was a nice boost as it’s always great seeing a four digit month.


Brokerage Account

Year to date dividends: $245.72

Total: $245.72

ROTH Account

Year to date dividends: $139.11

Total: $139.11

IRA Account

Year to date dividends: $45.40

Total: $45.40

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

Disclosure: Long all above

52 thoughts on “Dividend Income Update January 2018”

    • Hi MR,

      Seeing a healthy double digit year over year gain was definitely a welcome showing. For 2018 I plan more of the same which is buying stock every month and continuing to build up my passive income stream. Thank you for your continued support.

    • Hi DD,

      If you are a long term dividend investor you cannot be afraid of any correction. The way I see it, these dips just give us better buying opportunities. Higher yields and lower prices. What’s not to like? As always, I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi DG,

      If we keep buying quality dividend paying stocks, don’t panic when the market tanks, keep reinvesting… then yes… 2018 should be a strong year. The grind continues. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi DD,

      I’ll keep buying every month as always. The market will continue to melt up, swoon or do nothing, I’ll simply continue to build up my passive income stream. Thank you for your kind words and support!

  1. Keith you killing it with that cash. Good job on the dividends also. No companies in common but someday we will. My dividends were the highest ever for Jan and those dividends will keep getting reinvested and added to. Keep it up.
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    • Hi Frankie,

      No plans to venture into the Australian market though I don’t mind holding companies domiciled outside the U.S. In the meantime, my focus remains on simply increasing my year over year passive income stream. Thank you for your continued support.

    • Hi JC,

      You said it. Money coming in while you ‘do nothing’ is always welcome. Both BDX and BCR have been long time holds in my portfolio. While I never like “losing” a dividend payer in my portfolio the cash and added BDX stock made up for it. January was a very strong showing and I hope to continue this momentum throughout the year. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi DP,

      As always I appreciate your encouragement and continued support. 2018 definitely started out on strong footing. The plan for the year is continued monthly buying and building up that passive income stream.

    • Hi Passivecanadianincome,

      I received cash and stock in BDX as a result of the merger so it was a nice “two’fer.” Kind of sad to see a long time stock in my portfolio disappear but in the end it was a great run. I was up 287% on BCR and the extra cash will just be deployed into my other holdings. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi ED,

      2018 started out quite strong, especially with that extra BCR/BDX merger cash and stock hitting my account. Nice to see we share some very strong names in our portfolios. Let’s keep it going strong this year!

  2. Hey Keith
    Very strong January dividend income and great YoY growth, congrats!
    I acquired some PEP stocks last week amid the market turmoil, giving my portfolio a more defensive shape.
    January is “traditionally” a weak month for me, as the bulk of my European shareholdings pay their dividends once a year, highly concentrated on the second and third quarter.
    Keep it up and all the best.
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    • Hi FS,

      The recent market volatility has created some interesting buying opportunities as of late. Nice PEP pick up. It’s been in my portfolio for a long, long time. The first month of every quarter is weak for many dividend income investors. We always love the end of quarter months the best. Thank you for your continued support.

    • Hi MH,

      A big smile indeed. While I like to maintain a nice long list of dividend payers from my portfolio, every now and then a merger takes away a dividend payer but is replaced with cash and new shares elsewhere. A strong start to 2018! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • Hi DD,

      While I’ll miss the dividend from BCR, the extra cash and BDX shares gained makes up for it. Still waiting for that elusive four digit month from dividends alone. The grind continues in 2018! As always, I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi RTC,

      As you can imagine I was very pleased with my January results. The grind continues and I hope to manage double digit year over year gains every month this year. Thank you for commenting.

    • Hi Tawcan,

      Seeing a strong double digit year over year gain will always put a smile on my face. It just confirms to me that DGI really works over the long haul. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    • Hi ARB,

      Thanks for your comment and continued support. I keep feeding that dividend beast which definitely helps in achieving that solid double digit year over year gain. Always good to hear from you.

    • Hi GRB,

      I think you’ll be OK with BNS long term. It’s impossible to time the exact best time to buy. Like PEP too. Just added some to baby DivHut’s portfolio. As always, I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi timeinthemarket,

      No complaints from me. Seeing $1k come in passively will always be welcome. Granted that extra cash bump won’t be there every month but I’m still focused on building up my dividend income share by share. As always, I appreciate your comment.

    • Hi TI,

      2018 was off to a strong start. Was nice getting that extra cash bump as a result of the BCR/BDX merger. For now, it’s more of the same with my monthly buys and building up my passive income stream share by share. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


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