I plan on starting a monthly update on dividends in the new year. I am sure it will evolve over time, but it will include a look at my entire dividend portfolio and which companies paid that month. In preparation for this, I was digging around our account and found an awesome page. It shows the year over year of the account for the last six years and eye opening for me. Take a look below.
When I see how far the account has come I am really amazed at the progress. We have been able to grow this account from $14,000 in 2012 to $187,000 in 2017. That’s an increase of $173,000 over 6 years. Holy crap! You can see a large chuck of that is from contributions ($140K) to the account. It is nice seeing that what we are doing is really paying off. You can also see it wasn’t until 2014 where we really started taking this whole thing seriously. Up until that point most of our money was just in a savings account, doing very little for us. After that point, we started maxing out our 401K’s and pumping any extra money into this account.
Over that same time period we have collect almost $18,000 in payments. Not shabby if you ask me. What I find stands out, is both 2015 and 2016 had larger dividends payment than 2017, but had much less cash involved. The reason for this is I had invested in an oil company that paid huge dividends during those years. The stock crashed over 100 points from 2016 to 2017 and so did its dividend payments. No complains, it is just really interesting looking at the overall picture for the last 6 years. I am really hoping to pass the $5,000 mark during 2018.
What does your dividend account look like? Do you have any dividend goals for 2018?