October 2019 Passive Income Summary

Beginning of a new month always brings some happy moments to me. I sit down to review what happened during the month and how much passive income my portfolio generated.

October was another great month to me. I had a work-related conference in Utrecht and it was my first time in the Netherlands. Luckily, there was a free day during the trip and I had an opportunity to explore the city by walking around. I liked the canals, the people and the number of bicycles was mind-blowing. It left a great impression and I hope to come back one day.

Now let’s get to the numbers of passive income for October.

Dividend Income

This month 4 companies paid dividend to me:

That’s not bad for the first month of the quarter. It’s the first time when I cross the $30 mark during these months (when there are no annual payers).

As always, let’s see what part of expenses of different categories in my budget the dividends could cover if I decided to spend them:

  • $10.54 form Eastman Chemical would cover 3.4% of our expenses on Clothes during the last three months;
  • $7.28 from Illinois Tool Works would cover 1.4% of our expenses in Home category for the last three months. This quarter included a purchase of a robot vacuum cleaner, so the expenses were quite high in the home category;
  • $3.09 from Realty Income could pay 0.5% of our monthly Rent;
  • Finally, $9.22 from Cisco Systems would cover 8% of our TV + Internet bill.

There is long way to go for dividends to cover significant amount of our monthly expenses but performing this fun exercise gives me motivation to keep going.

Year-on-Year Comparison

Let’s compare dividend income to October of last year:

It’s great to see that dividend income tripled compared to last year! Most of the increase was led by two new companies in my portfolio – Eastman Chemical and Illinois Tool Works. Hopefully, the list will keep increasing, as well as amounts of dividends from individual payers.

This is how my dividend income progress looks like since the beginning of 2016 when I started tracking it:

Purchases and Portfolio Contributions

I have less funds to invest compared to the beginning of the year, so I only managed to put aside €205 for investments this month. Usually, I invest in chunks of at least €1000 but I decided to try out to the new Revolut trading platform which allows up to 3 trades a month without paying commissions.

I initiated small positions in two new companies for my portfolio on the 24th October:

  • 1 share of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) for $128.09;
  • 2 shares of Altria Group (MO) for $46.99/shares for a total of $93.98.

Those purchases added $8.94 to projected annual dividend income and you may read about them here.

My plan is to increase those positions during the upcoming months.

I haven’t added any funds to P2P lending platforms.

Dividend Increases

I thought I would not get any dividend increases this month but received one at the very end of the month. I actually would have missed it if not a tweet I noticed from Divvy Dad.

Starbucks delivered an increase of almost 14%! I can’t complain about that and it’s the biggest increase in my portfolio so far this year. I would need to invest more than $100 with my average dividend yield to achieve this.

Changes in Projected Annual Dividend Income

As I mentioned in previous posts, I have a goal to increase my PADI to $450 from US companies this year. At the start of the year it was standing at $236. This means that I should add additional $214 (or $18/month in average) if I want to achieve the target.

To track the progress, I monitor PADI increase/decrease from two sources – dividend raises/cuts and capital contribution.

Let’s see how forward dividend income changed during October:

Actually, I already reached the goal last month. However, it doesn’t hurt to keep increasing it, as every dollar counts in this journey. Currently, PADI stands at $499, so it’s very likely that I will cross the $500 mark shortly.

P2P Lending Income

This is how my income from P2P lending looked like in October:

Interest from P2P lending added €9.78 to passive income this month. It’s very close to what I received last month, as I haven’t added any additional funds to this platform for the last few months. There is some cash drag on Savy platform, so the total balance of active loans slightly decreased compared to last month.

In general, I would like to keep P2P lending portfolio at ~5% of my overall portfolio. Currently it stands at 4.8%.

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In total (after converting to EUR), I received €36.84 from passive income this month. This brings the total for 2019 to €470.5 which is 98% of my goal to receive €480 from passive income this year. I still have two months left – can’t wait to see the final numbers!

How was your month? Are you sharing any dividend payers with me? Are you close to achieving your annual goals? As always, thanks for reading and I would love to read your comments!

13 thoughts on “October 2019 Passive Income Summary

  1. nice broke.

    Got to love those monster yr over yr growth rates. Your so close to your goal too. very nice.

    Always like hearing about your p2p lending. That’s something I think of trying one day.
    keep it up.

    1. Thanks a lot Rob!
      Yield from P2P lending is very nice but dividend income seems to be much more sustainable in the long run.

  2. Great breakdown of your dividend income! I need to start tracking my portfolio in a similar way. It’s encouraging to see the growth. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks a lot Brian!
      I guess the main thing is to keep that dividend income growing. But tracking it from different perspectives is a fun thing to do 🙂

  3. Congrats on a solid month. We both own O and CSCO and I loved seeing that 13.9% raise from Starbucks. I was wondering when they were going to announce the raise and then they finally did. We had a solid month in October and I’m hoping that by January or April it’s up over $400 for our taxable account. All the best for the last 2 months of 2019.

    1. Thanks JC! Yes, the increase from SBUX was long time coming and it didn’t disappoint!
      Great progress on your side, I hope to get to these levels one day as well 🙂

  4. It just keeps getting better, BI. Monster YoY growth you posted. Your two new dividend payers packed a dividend punch for sure.
    Nice pickups on the new trading platform as well…just adding to your future income. That’s the recipe for success.
    I was happy to see that SBUX raise as well. One of several for me in October which I’ll report on soon.
    We have two months to set the dividend bar even higher for 2020… let’s go do it.

    1. Thanks a lot for the nice words ED!
      Even though those new buys were pretty small, every little step counts in this journey and it feels good to be in a better situation than I was yesterday 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot Passive Cash! Yes, it’s pretty much a done deal. Now the question is by how big of a margin I can surpass it 🙂

  5. That is what I call a solid YoY dividend growth, BI! Congrats!
    I’m with you on that SBUX raise. Almost 14% is really nothing to complain about.
    ITW is another name that I like a lot from the industrial sector. It will provide you with nice income for many years to come.
    All the best for the remaining two months of the year.

    1. Thanks a lot SF!
      It’s not that hard to get those gains while the numbers are still small 🙂
      All the best to you too!

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