Dividends: I received a total of $164.63 in dividends from the following stocks:
- ABBV: $18.00
- ABT: $6.30
- GD: $11.20
- GIS: $23.10
- HRL: $17.00
- KMI: $34.20
- PG: $30.08
- T: $24.75
Dividend Increases: I was pleased to see a dividend increase announced for one of my stocks (click on the stock to see my post about the increase):
- VOD: 7.0% increase
Savings: This month I saved $1,117 (38.4%) of my net job income, which is lower than in previous months. The decrease was mainly due to payment of the deposit for my new apartment and an uptick in discretionary spending -- I bought new shoes for everyday use (my current pair is worn out) and a few household items in advance for my new apartment. Excluding those expenses, my savings would have been similar to the previous two months. Thus far this year, my mean monthly savings has been $1,394 (48.0%).
Portfolio: My portfolio (taxable account and Roth IRA together) currently consists of 28 stocks and has a market value of $84,625.90 (including cash), which is a 0.3% decrease over last month's value. Interestingly, I was sitting on an increase until the last day of the month, when there was a sizable dip that pushed my portfolio down. The decrease was due to a moderate sell-off in defensive stocks (e.g., consumer staples and healthcare) during May, which are weighted heavily in my portfolio.
Seeking Alpha: This month I did not publish any new articles on the investing website Seeking Alpha. However, I received $20.80 from page views of my previous articles, increasing my Q2 total to $273.82 and my year-to-date total to $707.77.
Looking Ahead: In June I will receive well over $200 in dividends, which will be nice. I expect dividend increases to be announced by MDT
*Edit: I forgot that UTX usually increases its dividend every five quarters, so the next announcement might come in September. Thanks to an anonymous commentator for bringing this to my attention.