As a way of tracking my progress towards financial freedom I total up the dividends I received each month. The end goal is to have my dividends cover my expenses. This is a long term goal, so I have a lot of years to go, but I find it encouraging to see my dividend income steadily rise over time. This reminds me that I’m on the right track and to stick with it. Here are the results for the month.
My dividend income for February 2014:
Canadian Dividend Income
- Altagas [ALA Trend Analysis] – $33.41
- Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan [POT Trend Analysis] – $53.54
- Royal Bank [RY Trend Analysis] – $16.08
Total February Canadian Dividend Income – $103.03
US Dividend Income
Total February US Dividend Income – $26.59
February pays out the least in the quarter for me, but I was encouraged by some dividend increase announcements from some of holdings. Suncor [SU Trend Analysis] and Pepsi [PEP Trend Analysis] both announced 15% dividend increases. Some of the big banks announced dividend increases. I own Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Nova Scotia [BNS Trend Analysis], so I was happy to hear about RBC’s 6.0% increase and Bank of Nova Scotia’s 3.2% increase. Both of these banks have been raising their dividend twice a year recently, so while they may seem low, the annual rate is better. That said, I was hoping for a better bump from Bank of Nova Scotia.
AT&T paid me a bit more this month as they paid out one more cent per share than last quarter. With AT&T you get a high dividend yield, but I don’t expect much dividend growth. They have increased their dividend for 30 years in a row which is impressive, but since 2008 they have only increased the quarterly dividend one cent per year. This works out to a dividend growth rate of around 2.0% to 2.5% which is not all that impressive.
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