I hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. It was for me, as I spent Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law’s place with most of my in-laws in attendance. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it has been a mostly dry but unusually cold month. I’m almost done raking leaves, but one’s neighbor’s tree hasn’t shed all its leaves yet, so some work remains.
Well, let’s do the numbers and see how my dividend income fared in November
AWP $ 44.00
BGY $ 33.80
CHW $ 21.00*
CIK $ 22.50*
CLM $ 46.19*
DHY $ 33.25
EAD $ 9.44
EDF $ 45.00*
EHI $ 25.20
EXG $ 92.40*
NCV $ 36.75
PFN $ 36.00
RA $ 63.68
ZTR $ 33.90
* Includes Return of Capital
Well, the $808.61 total is good, but it’s getting uncomfortably close to falling below the $800.00 mark, so I may do a stock buy in the next couple months to help boost the total dividend income for future quarters’ second month (February, May, August, and November).
November was certainly not a business as usual month, with a stock sell, stock buy, dividend cut, and dividend increase to report. I sold 45 shares of RA at $22.00 per share, as I needed the money. Of course, this will negatively impact my dividend income (-$8.96 per quarter) but sometimes it’s necessary. On a more positive note, I took advantage of PNNT being within close range of its 52-week low and picked up 50 more shares at $5.985 per share. This buy will help mitigate some of the damage from the RA stock sale.
OHI raised its quarterly dividend from $0.66 per share to $0.67. That’s only a 1.5% increase, which isn’t all that much but I’ll take it anyway. Needless to say, that was a pleasant surprise as dividend increases are a rare occurance for my ETF/CEF heavy portfolio. Unfortunately, FGB slashed its dividend from $0.175 per share to $0.135. Ouch! That’s a -22.9% cut, which is what hurt November’s dividend income. Also, HQL reduced its dividend from $0.37 per share to $0.33 which will affect next month’s dividend total.
The other bit of good news is that the market has done quite well for November. My dividend investing portfolio’s total value has increased, offsetting the small hit from the sale of RA shares.
Overall, November was a mixed bag given the above described activities. Hopefully December will have no unpleasant surprises lurking around the corner (Remember last December’s market correction? Yeah, that wasn’t fun.)
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