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Dividend Income Progress Update - July 2011



August 06, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: LMT , INTC , PG

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in July, extending the streak to 13 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 42 of the last 44 months.

My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and updated in my 2011 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.

Click here for a Detailed Historical Progress Table.

For the month, annualized dividend income increased $367, and Yield on Cost (YOC) was up 0.01%. This month's changes were a net of new purchases and dividend changes. There were no sales in July. Let's examine each of the these categories:

Purchases: The $239 increase in annual dividend income and (-0.02%) decrease in YOC related to the following purchases (yield at the time of purchase):

- $90 Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) 3.7%
- $74 Intel Corporation (INTC) 3.2%
- $75 Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) 3.3%

All the above purchases lowered my YOC. As noted in earlier updates, I generally expect YOC to drop in most months since new investments will yield less than my current YOC, and dividend increases will not be sufficient to offset the decline.

Dividend Changes: The $128 increase in annual dividend income and the 0.03% increase in YOC related to the following dividend changes (a=dividend stated in annual terms, q=quarterly, m=monthly):

- $106 U.S. Preferred Stock Index (PFF) $2.29a>$2.59a
- $1 Realty Income Corp. (O) $0.14456m>$0.14487m
- $21 Medtronic, Inc. (MDT) $0.225q>$0.2425q

Sales: There were no sales in July.

After July, I am still on track to reach my goal of $15,500 in annualized dividend income by December 31, 2011.

That's it for this time. The next monthly progress update will be early September.

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