Welcome to another monthly dividend update. Through these regular dividend updates, I hope to demonstrate that it is possible to build up a sizable dividend portfolio and eventually live off dividends. For those that are new to this blog, it has been over 11 years since we got serious with the dividend growth strategy and I’m amazed at how much progress we’ve made so far.
For readers that are getting a small amount of dividend income each month, please don’t get discouraged. Do continue adding new capital and building your portfolio value. As you can see from below, we were receiving less than a few hundred dollars worth of dividend income per month not that long ago.
May was unusually cold and rainy here in Metro Vancouver. This meant our backyard garden didn’t produce much. Last May we were enjoying fresh delicious strawberries and broccoli. I really hope the temperature warms up in June so we can start harvesting produce from our garden. It would also allow me to post some more garden pictures.
Mrs. T and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in May by going out for lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. The food was fabulous and we had a good time.
In case you’re wondering why I’m blocking my kids in these pictures… before the kids were born, Mrs. T and I agreed that we wouldn’t plaster their pictures all over the internet, especially on Facebook. So far, we’ve honoured this agreement.
Despite all the rain and cold weather, we took Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts outside as much as possible. We enjoyed hiking in local parks and even went on a 3-hour canoeing trip.
When not spending time in the garden and her doula service, Mrs. T has been busy with pottery. We now have quite a few cups and mugs at home. I really like this design below that she created.
Dividend Income – May 2022
Back to dividend income, in May we received dividends from the following companies:
- Apple (AAPL)
- AbbVie (ABBV)
- Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO)
- Costco (COST)
- Dream Industrial REIT (DIN.UN)
- Emera (EMA.TO)
- European Residential REIT (ERE.UN)
- Granite REIT (GRT.UN)
- Magna International (MG.TO)
- National Bank (NA.TO)
- Omega Healthcare (OHI)
- Procter & Gamble (PG)
- RioCan REIT (REI.UN)
- Royal Bank (RY.TO)
- Starbucks (SBUX)
- SmartCentres REIT (SRU.UN)
- Verizon (VZ)
- Walmart (WMT)
The 18 dividend paycheques added to $2,431.27. Since May is one of the weaker dividend income months, it was nice to see that the dividend income total was over $2,400.
While May’s dividend income was not as impressive as the $4,283.52 from last month, if you look at the chart above, you’ll see our weaker months have increased significantly compared to the previous years. This is a small success we can celebrate.
Compared to last year’s dividend income, we saw an incredible YoY growth of 36.73%! So far this year our dividend income has increased by an average of 39.23% compared to last year in the same time period. This is absolutely fantastic!
We’ve added a lot of new capital into our dividend portfolio over the last two years. This has been the main reason why our dividend income has grown so much. Can we continue to add such large amounts for the rest of this year and next year? Given that our dividend income is already quite sizable and that we’re encountering the law of the big numbers, I wouldn’t be surprised if our dividend income growth rate slows down to around 10% next year.
Out of the $2,431.27 received, $454.43 was in USD and $1,976.84 was in CAD, or about a 20-80 breakdown. Long time readers will recall that we do not convert USD to CAD when reporting our dividend income. We are doing this to keep the math easy and to avoid fluctuations in our monthly dividend income caused by changes in the exchange rate.
The top five dividend payers for May were Smart Centres REIT, Royal Bank, National Bank, Emera, and Bank of Montreal (not in order). These payments accounted for $1,859.45 or 76.5% of our May dividend income.
May 2022 Dividend Transactions
Throughout May, there had been a lot of noise in the market. As one would expect, the market was very volatile. At one point, our portfolio value was down over $100,000. Since we’re still in the accumulating phase, I was not worried. In fact, I was secretly praying that the bearish market will continue for a prolonged period of time. I’d love to scoop up more shares of Apple, Costco, Algonquin Power & Utilities, Starbucks, and Canadian banks at a discount.
Unfortunately, too many investors only focus on the short term and worry about their paper gains or losses. After more than a decade of DIY investing, I’ve learned that it is vital to have a long-term view. Just how important is a bear market to investors who are in the accumulating phase? I came across this great example from Balance by Andrew Hallam:
In this example, the investor starts with a $50,000 portfolio and invests $2,000 per month in Vanguard’s S&P 500 index over a 20-year period. Scenario 1 has a higher compounded annual rate of return (9.75%) than Scenario 2 (5.94%). Surprisingly, the investor actually comes out ahead in Scenario 2.
This happens because in Scenario 2, the investor is able to take advantage of three years of bear market and is able to purchase the index fund at a discounted price (i.e. purchased more shares of the fund).
With the idea of taking advantage of the market downturn validated yet again, we purchased the following dividend paying stocks in May:
- 25 shares of Bank of Nova Scotia
- 61 shares of BCE
- 2 shares of Costco
- 56 shares of CIBC
- 11 shares of Apple
Ignoring the currency exchange rate, the total amount added to just over $12,600. First of all, I realized this is a large amount of money to invest in a month and not every household can do that. Therefore, we feel very fortunate to be able to invest large sums of money regularly.
Perhaps a bit of explanation is needed… some of the money was from regular monthly savings and dividends collected. Seeing buying opportunities, we also moved a large amount of money from our Long Term Savings for Spending (LTSS) account. In addition, a small percentage of the $12,600 was from exercising my company’s restricted stock unit (RSU) shares as part of my bonus from last year.
As some of you may recall, Costco’s share price got dragged down due to poor quarterly results from Walmart and Target. Overall, the retail sector took a big hit around mid-May because investors were worried about the sector.
We’re very bullish on Costco long term, so we decided to take advantage of the discounted share price. Unfortunately, we only had $900 USD sitting in my RRSP account from dividends received. So that meant we were only able to purchase two Costco shares. Ideally, we’d love to buy more.
Since our RRSPs are pretty much maxed out (taking my work’s RRSP contributions for the remaining of the year into consideration), we decided to take advantage of the $2,000 RRSP contribution buffer. We added more money to Mrs. T’s spousal RRSP so we had cash to purchase some more Apple shares.
Hopefully, the market will remain volatile for a little while longer. Some of the stocks we’re monitoring and planning to buy more are:
- Canadian Net Real Estate Invest Trust
- Bank of Montreal
- Algonquin Power & Utilities
- Waste Connections
- Brookfield Asset Management
Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP)
One of the ways that we grow our dividend income organically is through dividend reinvestment plans. Whenever we invest in a company, we try to purchase enough shares to enroll in DRIP. DRIP not only allows us to dollar cost average, it also allows us to increase dividend income over time.
In May we dripped the following shares:
- 2 shares of BMO.TO
- 1 share of EMA.TO
- 1 share of ERE.UN
- 5 shares of NA.TO
- 5 shares of OHI
- 2 shares of REI.UN
- 4 shares of RY.TO
- 4 shares of SRU.UN
By enrolling in DRIP, we added 23 shares in May without incurring any trading commission. Furthermore, we added $72.93 toward our annual dividend income. At a 4% dividend yield, that’s equivalent to adding $1,823.13 of new cash.
May was a fantastic month when it comes to dividend increases. We saw a total of ten dividend hikes!
- Hydro One (H.TO) increased its dividend payout by 5% to $0.2796 per share.
- Telus (T.TO) increased its dividend payout by 3.4% to $0.3386 per share.
- Suncor (SU.TO) increased its dividend payout by 11.9% to $0.47 per share.
- Canadian Tire (CTC.A) increased its dividend payout by 25% to $1.625 per share.
- Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (AQN.TO) increased its dividend payout by 6% to $0.1808 per share.
- Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO) increased its dividend payout by 3% to $1.03 per share.
- Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO) increased its dividend payout by 4.5% to $1.39 per share.
- CIBC (CM.TO) increased its dividend payout by 3.1% to $0.83 per share.
- Royal Bank (RY.TO) increased its dividend payout by 6.7% to $1.28 per share.
- National Bank (NA.TO) increased its dividend payout by 5.7% to $0.92 per share.
These ten dividend hikes increased our forward annual dividend income by a whopping $719.63! At a 4% yield, that’s equivalent to adding $17,990.76! Wow!
The only bummer is that all of these dividend hikes came from Canadian companies. Hopefully, we’ll see some US dividend raises in the next few months.
Whenever I look at the table below, I am always amazed at how much progress we’ve made with our dividend income. We continue to feel blessed and appreciative of how well we’re doing financially. Therefore, whenever possible, we try to provide helping hands to those in need either by donating money to charities or volunteering our time. If you’re in the same position as us, please consider helping those in need.
So far in 2022, our dividend portfolio has generated $16,874.34 without us having to do any work. After only five months, we have already exceeded our annual dividend income from 2018.
Looking ahead, if we are able to increase our June dividend income at a 30% YoY growth rate, we’d reach over $20,000 in dividend income after six months. That’d put us over the entire year’s worth of dividends from 2019!
Now, to put things in perspective:
- $16,874.34 dividend income in five months is like earning $4.66 per hour. That’s earning money regardless of what we’re doing.
- After 23 work weeks, our dividend income translates to $18.31 per hour, assuming a 40-hour workweek. It’s amazing to know that our dividend portfolio is earning above BC’s minimum wage rate of $15.65 per hour.
Most importantly, our dividend income has grown organically by $1,740.44 after five months or an average of $348 per month. If we can continue at this pace, it’d mean our dividend income would grow organically by ~$3,600 in 2022.
At a 4% dividend yield, growing dividend income by $1,740.44 organically is like investing over $43,000 new capital into our dividend portfolio. Instead, when we do add that much new capital, we are generating another $1,740.44. This is a perfect example of how powerful compounding is.
At this rate, we should be able to easily hit our $36,000 dividend income goal for 2022.
Dear readers, how was your May dividend income?