December 2015 Dividend Income

Happy New Year everyone!  I’m happy to report that December was a record month for me for dividend income.  My holdings have not been performing very well and I have not been very active purchasing stocks lately, but it is always comforting to have these dividends rolling in continuously.

In this post I will report my dividend income and progress towards dividend related goals for my two dividend growth portfolios: Dividend Empire & Dividend Retirement.

For those of you who are not familiar with my blog and portfolios, the Dividend Empire portfolio is strictly for my descendants – I will never touch the money.  The Dividend Retirement portfolio will hopefully pay for my early retirement one day before eventually merging with the Empire portfolio.

Dividend Income

In December I received a total of $507.33 in my two portfolios: $124.31 in my Empire portfolio and $383.02 in my Retirement portfolio.  These totals are more than any other month in my young dividend growth investing career.

These values represent a 28.69% increase for my Empire portfolio and a 0.85% increase for my Retirement portfolio compared to my September income.  Here are the details:

December 2015 Dividends Received By Month

It’s also nice to compare quarterly dividend totals as a true measure of dividend income progress:

December 2015 Dividends Received By Quarter

The totals leveled off a bit this last quarter since my buying activity slowed.  This was just a temporary slowdown and things will really begin to pick up around March next year.

Here is a breakdown of the companies that paid me in December:

December 2015 Dividends Received

I received 11 payments in the Empire portfolio and 19 payments in my Retirement portfolio.  Most of the stocks in my Empire account are set on DRIPs and the stocks purchased through these reinvestments added $4.23 to my forward annual income.

Amgen (AMGN) is the only stock in my retirement portfolio that allows DRIP and I gained 0.0843 shares, or $0.34 in forward income, from reinvesting this dividend.

Pay raises (and cuts):

I received 2 pay raises and one massive cut in December.  AMGN gave a huge increase, T increased their dividend by the normal $0.01 but KMI slashed their dividend by 75%.  This resulted in a $115.50 cut in my annual income.  I’m still debating what to do with this position.

December 2015 Dividend Increases and Cuts

Overall this was a really good month.  KMI is a bit of a setback for me but something I can easily overcome.

I have added my dividend income to my Historical Data page where I have organized all of my monthly incomes, updates and screens (with links).  I’ll post a portfolio update & an annual update over the next couple of days to update the overall performance of both portfolios as well as how close I came to accomplishing my 2015 goals.

I hope everyone had a great December – please let me know how you did in the comments section below.  Looking forward to a strong 2016!

Disclosure: Long all stocks mentioned in this article.

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7 Responses

  1. Geat job overall. KMI has killed quite a few portfolios in the past few months. However, dividend cut’s do happen from time to time. Otherwise, there would be many more Aristocrats on the list. Looks like you have experience with options. I would love to kick around a few ideas with you to see what you think. Let me know, I would appreciate any thoughts. Good job with your portfolio.

    Keep cranking,

    Robert the DividendDreamer
    AKA — Seeking Dividends

    Follow me on Twitter– Seeking Dividends@DividendDreamer

    • Dividend Empire Dividend Empire says:

      Thanks Robert! I’ve been trading options off and on for about 10 years now and I find them to be very useful tools.

      I’d be happy to discuss options with you any time. Feel free to email me at or message me on Twitter.

      Take care,


  2. BKelly says:

    Thanks for the update Ken, love to see how your progress is going as I will be converting half of my 401 this year. You inspire me so keep us posted please.


    • Dividend Empire Dividend Empire says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Bill.

      Good luck with your 401k conversion! I remember how excited I was when I decided to head down that path and I wish you the best.


  3. Over 500 bucks in dividend income! WOW, well done Ken!

    KMI was a bit of a kick in the pants for me as well. I decided to sell 2/3 of my position and will hold the rest (super small position).

    Congratulations again on the huge month! Keep up the great work!

    • Dividend Empire Dividend Empire says:

      Thanks Blake! I’ve decided to hang on to my full KMI position. It still has a decent yield after the cut and it should help them get back on track this year. Great job on your end as well!


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