Monday, May 1, 2017

April Review / May Preview 2017

Party Gremlin here to discuss the wonderful month that was April.  Before I get to finance I will just say I had a few nice weekends away, both in the state of Pennsylvania.  One trip was for sports, and the other was to celebrate the fact that a friend of mine is losing the ability to claim the 'single-not married' box on his taxes.  Congrats to him, but we all know that those parties really are for the other guys, especially the married ones, like me, in attendance.  No there were no clubs of the stripped down variety, but that is no impedance to fun!

Apart from the fun, Loyal 3 announced they were ceasing operations and changing their format.  I have already begun an account transfer to move the shares out into my existing brokerage.  Though many positions I had there were not yet completed, the fact remains is that they will continue to pay me and boost my output.  I intend on holding those positions, and adding to them when the valuations become justified in the future.  The 'loss' of Loyal 3 is not a loss so much as it is merely a transition that I anticipated making anyway.


This past month I put $1600 dollars to work between Loyal 3 and my regular brokerage.  With the loss of Loyal 3, my regular large purchases should become much more common.

Last month I brought in a total of $70.94 in dividends ($70.94 taxable, $0 Roth, and $0 IRA).  This is a decrease from last year ($84.31 total) by 16%.  The reason for the decrease remains the change in payout structure from Kraft-Heinz (KHC), which has switched to paying on the 3rd month of each quarter.

In terms of dividend increases, I realized six this month from Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS)*, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM)*, Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), Coca Cola (KO), Realty Income (O), and Walmart (WMT).  Raises were between  0.2% to more than 9%.  Thus far for 2017, I have realized 21 dividend increases! (* = in local currency)

Next month I will realize three raises, from Ameriprise Financial (AMP), General Dynamics (GD), and Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI).  The increases range from around 1.5% to more than 9%.  I will also likely realize a dividend increase from Apple (AAPL), however it has not yet been announced.


Our only remaining debt is extremely low interest auto loans.  So far I have stashed a significant amount of cash, with the impending doom of home shopping on the horizon...

Next month should produce around $242 in dividends, which is a 183% YOY increase, which is mainly attributable to my IRA and a few newer positions plus some growth in my other accounts.

My portfolio page is currently up to date.

Hope everyone has a great May (have fun)!
- Dividend Gremlin
- Long all stock tickers mentioned


  1. Always happy to read about fresh capital being deployed. $1600 is a nice chunk to put work especially when the market is at all time highs and some of our peers are selling some or all of their portfolios waiting for the "crash." The KHC payout really affected almost all of us. HCP, TD and others also shifted their payouts. Oh well... as long as those divvys come in it doesn't matter to me which month. Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing your May results.

    1. DHut,

      I agree, time in the market is the key and as long as they pay it does not matter when. As far as a possible crash, it is always a possibility. Right now it would appear that commercial builders (malls, apartments, condos, mixed use, and commercial) have really over extended - so if the economy does face plant, I think it will be that sector to provide uneven surface.

      Thanks for the comment,

  2. 70 dollars in dividends and adding 1600 that is awesome soon you will soon be hitting 100 a month keep it up

  3. D and H,

    I hope so! Buying a house might blunt that, but this is a marathon and I am up for the game.

    Thanks for the comment,