Tracking My Dividend Income over the Last Few Years

The other day I realized that despite coming back month in and month out for the past few years to update my dividend income watch list I have never tracked (either on my site or personally) my dividend income and as important dividend income growth.  Luckily, fidelity has kept some of that information for me:

Dividend Income by MonthI mentioned a few months ago I was pretty disillusioned and disappointed with the amount of dividend income per year I was receiving despite the fact that it grew 50% percent from 2012 to 2014. Notwithstanding the slow, slow process this chart makes me feel a lot better.

Dividend Investing is Not Going to Create Wealth Overnight

At 2 to 4% annual payouts dividend investing is not going to create wealth overnight.  In fact, the “wealth” portion of the portfolio is likely to come from growth rather than dividend reinvestment for the foreseeable future.

7 Responses to Tracking My Dividend Income over the Last Few Years

  1. I feel the same way! My dividend results look very similar to yours. Even though I plan to double my dividend income in 2014 compared to last year, I will still only be just over $1,000 for the year.

    • Feels like it is going to take a long time! I just keep reminding myself that this account isn’t for 33 year old Evan, it is for 45 year old Evan.

  2. With all the ups and downs, wouldn’t be clearer to do a chart of a moving 3 and 6 month average. It would seem that with these averages, you might be able to make some educated projections going forward.

    I’m looking at this chart and I find it difficult to see how things have improved over time except that I see more red than blue (very good), and a great start on the orange so far.

  3. This is exactly why I find it super-helpful to track things month-to-month and maintain some of my own metrics for my financial life. Sometime the day-to-day grind of life makes it really difficult to see progress as it’s happening, but when I step back and look at where I’ve come over a few months or years it is really helpful.

    I like the comment about moving averages. I see what you’re doing with your chart above – I do a similar chart for myself. But a moving average might make the trends a little easier to spot.

    • “This is exactly why I find it super-helpful to track things month-to-month and maintain some of my own metrics for my financial life. Sometime the day-to-day grind of life makes it really difficult to see progress as it’s happening, but when I step back and look at where I’ve come over a few months or years it is really helpful.”

      – Exactly why I do my monthly net worth posts!

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