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DGI For The DIY: May Dividend Update

Hello and welcome to another monthly update on the DGI For The DIY portfolio, I hope you all are having a happy spring.

Catching Sunfish
Proud of his Sunfish

Considering we had snow on the ground until late April, my family was busy in May enjoying every minute we could of the warm weather.

Bike rides, T-ball, fishing, hiking, family vacations…we pretty much tried them all.

With all that activity, investments and blogging have once again been put on the back-burner, but I’m totally fine with that.

Watching Mt. Rushmore
Checking up on Mt. Rushmore

Dividends are great and all, but they are no comparison to the reward of hearing the excitement in your son’s voice as he lands his first sunfish. And then hearing equal excitement as he lands a half-dozen more.

He thought Mt. Rushmore was pretty great too, and he got his money’s worth out of the $3 binoculars his mom found for him at Target.

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DGI For The DIY: April Dividend Update

It’s been over two months since I’ve posted here on DGI For The DIY, so if you’ve wondered or worried about where I’ve been, everything is A-OK.

The last couple months have been quite busy at work, so between those commitments and spring fever adding to more outings with the family, my free time for writing has been pretty limited.

Of course that’s not all bad, because as much as I enjoy writing about investments, nothing compares to moments like these with the kids.

Selfie with my daughter
Spring Time!

Fortunately my overtime has slowed here of late, so I’m hopeful that these updates (and other content) will be a bit more timely going forward.

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DGI For The DIY: February Dividend Income Review

The month of February is in the books, and it was an extremely volatile one for the stock market. It was also a busy month for me personally, as deadlines led to overtime at work and frequent snowstorms provided me with ample exercise opportunities in shoveling out the driveway.

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DGI For The DIY: January Dividend Income Update

The Super Bowl is now over, which means the month of January has come to a close. Being a life-long Minnesota Vikings fan, this also means the inevitable disappointment that comes at the end of another NFL season.

By now I am pretty used to it, and will admit that the losses have become easier to accept as I’ve gotten older. I guess when your expectations are low, and you expect the bottom to fall out, when it finally does it isn’t as painful as when you are a child and expecting greatness.

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Giving Thanks For 42.8% Dividend Growth In November

As I type this update, we sit just three weeks one week away from Christmas. My kids are getting more excited by the day, and my 3-year-old still hasn’t quite figured out why it isn’t already Christmas since the tree is up and Christmas songs are playing on the radio.

However, the purpose of this post isn’t to look ahead, it is to review the past month, and November was another excellent one for both myself and the portfolio.

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How I Grew My October Dividend Income By 19.9%

The DGI For The DIY portfolio was built to provide me with a growing dividend income stream that will eventually help fund my retirement.

The portfolio continues to do as it was designed by producing a steady increase in dividend payments over the course of the year.

October continued this trend, as the dividend income earned was 19.9% higher than that received in October of 2016.

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September Update: Squirreling Away 10% Higher Dividends

My apologies for the delayed update, it’s been a crazy month at both work and home, limiting my free time to do much writing of late. I also needed to get my Q3 portfolio update finished up before we got too far into Q4, and that was published on Seeking Alpha last Friday.

With that article out-of-the-way, I figured I’d get an update on the September income put together before October closes out.

September was another successful month for the portfolio, as dividend income rose by 10% over 2016 levels. This increase came through a combination of organic dividend growth, dividend reinvestment, and new cash contributions to the account.

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5 Dividend Growth Predictions For October

My favorite part of dividend growth investing is declaration day, the day when a new dividend rate is announced by one of the companies I own. People generally get one raise per year at work, but with a portfolio of 53 stocks, I average better than one income increase a week!

I keep a log of all the dividend growth announcements made by companies held in my portfolio going back to the beginning of 2013. By doing so I am able to see when each company announces their new dividend rates, and decide if there is a trend on when those new rates are declared.

October brings five companies to my attention who are likely to announce higher dividends. I will look at each of those stocks below, and give the reasoning behind my predictions for the new dividend rates.

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August Update: Dividend Income Rises By 49%

Dividend growth investing is the strategy of buying shares in companies that have a history of paying reliable and increasing dividends.

I began practicing this investment strategy in early 2013 when I sold out of the mutual funds in my retirement account and used the proceeds to create a collection of 50 dividend growth stocks, which evolved into the DGI For The DIY portfolio.

My goal is to fund a significant part of my future retirement with the increasing dividend income stream that this account produces. I give monthly updates of the portfolio’s dividend growth progress to document my journey and offer an example for others who are interested in taking control of their own retirement accounts by becoming self-directed investors.

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