Dividends: I received a total of $137.95 in dividends from the following stocks:
- ABT: $22.95
- GD: $10.20
- GIS: $23.10
- HRL: $15.00
- KMI: $14.40
- PG: $28.10
- T: $24.20
Dividend Increases: I was pleased to see dividend increases announced for five(!) of my stocks (click on each stock to see my post about the increase):
- BDX: 10% increase, $4.52 more in annual dividend income
- HRL: 13.3%, $8.00
- T: 2.3%, $2.20
- UNP: 15%, $3.60
- VOD: 7.2%, about $2.74
Savings: This month I saved an estimated $1,640 (55.1%) of my net income, which is similar to the previous two months and results in year-to-date savings of $15,950. It is an estimate because of the difficulties in accounting for travel expenses associated with my recent work-related trips. I pay for my travel expenses upfront and then get reimbursed at a later date; for example, today I received the reimbursement check for a trip in mid-November. I have been using my reserve cash fund to temporarily take care of larger expenses such as airfare (the amount withdrawn from my reserve fund is restored when I get reimbursed), but I have not done that for smaller expenses (a few incidentals are not reimbursable), hence the estimate. It will be the same way with my December savings.
Transactions: I bought one stock in November (click on the transaction to see my post about it):
Portfolio: My portfolio currently consists of 25 stocks and has a market value of $63,497.85 (including cash), which is a 3.6% increase over last month's value. The increase primarily reflects new capital, with the remainder split about evenly between dividends and capital gains.
Seeking Alpha: Due to travel and being generally busier than usual, I did not publish any new articles on the investing website Seeking Alpha. However, in November I earned $8.00 from page views of my previous articles, increasing my Q4 total to $100.07 and my year-to-date total to $679.67.
Looking Ahead: December will be an above-average month for dividends, in part because two of my companies (GD and ITW) have moved their next dividend payments up into December in case of a potential dividend tax hike in 2013. I am not expecting any dividend increases to be announced in December. My savings rate will take a hit due to some large annual expenses and holiday spending, but it should rebound in the new year. As in November, I only have enough new capital from savings to make one purchase, which I did at the start of December by increasing my position in INTC. It was my last purchase for 2012.
As regular readers of this blog are aware, I've been busy with travel for the past few weeks, which is the reason for the lack of blogging activity. My final work-related trip for 2012 is next week and it will be followed a few days later by a personal trip to see my family for the holidays. I am not a seasoned traveler, so having a total of 5 trips in 6 weeks has been a bit of a strain; also, the work-related trips have been rather intense (but in a positive way). As a result, my blogging and investing activities will remain minimal until the new year.
That said, I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a great time during the holidays! I hope our portfolios finish 2012 in good shape and our investing success continues into 2013. With 2012 being my first full year of dividend growth investing, I am quite pleased with the results (I plan to write an annual review in January). I am definitely looking forward to my second year and beyond!