October was a crazy travel month for me. I spent 2 weeks in Asia for work, then two weeks in Texas for personal vacation. Part of the two weeks in Texas was spent at FinCon17 (I’ll write a recap later). It was neat to be on the road for so long, seeing different cities, eating different types of food, and meeting new friends. But I am looking forward to sleep on my own bed and getting back to the regular routines at home. I am also looking forward to taking life a bit slower and enjoying the finer things in life.
October Dividend Income
In October 2017 we received dividend income from 24 companies:
- Pure Industrial REIT (AAR.UN)
- Agrium (AGU.TO)
- BCE (BCE.TO)
- Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO)
- Corus Entertainment (CJR.B)
- CIBC (CM.TO)
- Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO)
- Dream Office REIT (D.UN)
- Dream Global REIT (DRG.UN)
- Dream Industrial REIT (DIR.UN)
- Enbridge Income Trust (ENF.TO)
- General Electric (GE)
- H&R REIT (HR.UN)
- Inter Pipeline (IPL.TO)
- KEG Income Trust (KEG.UN)
- Coca Cola (KO)
- Prairiesky Royalty (PSK.TO)
- Rogers (RCI.B)
- RioCan REIT (REI.UN)
- Smart REIT (SRU.UN)
- Telus (T.TO)
- TD (TD.TO)
- TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO)
- Domtar Corp (UFS.TO)
In total we received $1,310.05 in dividend income for October 2017. Yes, we FINALLY crossed the $1,300 milestone! Woohoo! It’s quite amazing that we have accomplished so much already in 2017. We crossed both the $1,200 milestone and the $1,300 milestone in the same year. That’s really cool stuff!
Out of the $1,310.05 dividend income that we received in October, $158.20 was in USD and $1,151.85 was in CAD. October was a month that we received most of our dividend income in Canadian currency. Nothing wrong with this but having a bit more currency diversity would have been nice.
Please note, we use a 1 to 1 currency rate approach. Therefore, we do not convert dividends received in USD to CAD. We are ignoring exchange rate to keep the math simple. This is our way to avoid fluctuations in dividend income over time due to changes in the exchange rate.
The top 5 dividend payouts in October 2017 were BCE, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, Telus, and TD. The top 5 payouts accounted for 55.20% of our October dividend income.
Dividend Income Breakdown
We hold our dividend stocks in taxable accounts, RRSPs, and TFSAs. Every year, we maximize tax-advantage accounts first before investing in taxable accounts.
We do this so we can be as tax efficient as possible. Why pay extra taxes when we can avoid them by utilizing these tax-advantage accounts? It seems like a no brainer to me. This is why I am always shocked to hear people who are investing using taxable accounts when they have tons of RRSP and/or TFSA contribution rooms left.
For October dividend income, the breakdown across the different accounts are:
- Taxable: $297.20 or 22.69%
- RRSPs: $387.86 or 29.61%
- TFSAs: $624.99 or 47.70%
Compared to October 2016, we saw a YOY growth of 20.91%!!! With 10 months behind us, we are sitting at slightly lower than 20% YOY growth. Hopefully we will end 2017 with a YOY growth rate that is higher than 20%.
In October a number of stocks that we own in our portfolio announced dividend increase:
- Fortis raised its dividend by 6.25% to $0.425 per share
- Omega Healthcare raised its dividend by 1.56% to $0.65 per share
- Visa raised its dividend by 18.18% to $0.195 per share
- AbbVie raised its dividend by 10.94% to to $0.71 per share
With these announcements, our annual dividend income has increased by $26.14. The increase may seem pretty insignificant but I will take organic dividend growth any day, regardless of what the amount is.
Because the $26.14 increase does not require us to invest additional capital. At 3% dividend yield, we would have needed to invest over $871 of fresh capital to get the same dollar amount. Instead having to invest $871, we can use invest that cash to get another $26.14 in dividend income.
Dividend Stock Transaction
Just like September, we didn’t make any dividend stock transaction. I was paying close attention to the GE development. I thought about liquidating the entire GE position but didn’t pull the sell trigger because I was on the road. Now the share price has dropped quite a bit, I figure I might as well keep GE and wait and see if the share price will recover or not. If GE decides to cut or suspend dividend, I may liquidate the entire holding.
Can you believe we FINALLY crossed the $1,300 dividend milestone? And it feels so good! It’s amazing to finally crossed this major milestone after so many tries in 2017.
So far in 2017 we have received a total of $12,308.88 in dividend income, with majority of it being tax-free and tax-deferred. With two more months left before we wrap up 2017, it is very definitely possible for us to reach the highly challenge $15,000 dividend income goal that we set at beginning of 2017. If we can achieve that, it will be absolutely amazing!
We have received $12,308.88 in 2017 for doing absolutely nothing at all. It is amazing to have our money working hard for us to so we don’t have to. To put this into perspective, at $40 per hour ($83,200 annual), this means we have saved ourselves over 307 working hours, 38.5 days, or over 7.5 week. In case you are wondering, 7.5 weeks accounts for 14.4% of the year.
Dear readers, how was your October dividend income?