Dividend and Expense Updates

Time in the market dividend update – November 2017

It’s time for the second to last dividend update for 2017.

It is insane how quick this year has gone but time has a tendency to move quickly when things are going well.

As the year comes to a close, I’m eager to see all of the December dividends start rolling in as December is by far my biggest month.

I’ve had a good run so far with big increases the past few months and I hope that continues into November. I’ve been above $100 since August and while these off months aren’t as big as the quarter ending months due to my ETF and mutual fund holdings, it’s still nice to see them above $100 consistently. I feel like the monopoly man with all this money coming in these days!

Last year’s November’s total was $79.04 as I only have one individual holdings that pays in this month and the rest comes from my bond funds.

Let’s take a look at this month’s income and see if I can break $100 again!

November 2017 dividends

November’s dividend total comes in at $107.44!

It’s clear to see where my big months are and why I’m excited about December but I’m also happy with the results this month.

November’s total is a 35.9% increase over last year and that’s not too shabby gang.

The best thing about these smaller months is that these dollars still get reinvested and improve my forward dividend income. This $107.44 will generate about $2.47 more for me next year. Those reinvested dollars and additional contributions are sure to lead to even bigger numbers for Steve next year.

Steve, my dividend employee has seen pretty decent raises every month this year and that means good things for his annual hourly rate now and going forward. This month’s wage is tiny, a mere $0.64/hr but Steve isn’t a complainer.

November’s total brings the YTD number to $5370.99 which means I’m in good shape for at least bronze in my annual goals. I might even go higher but that all depends on December which is always variable so we shall see. I’m still holding out hope that I can push into Silver with a good December.

On an annual basis, Steve’s wage is $2.93/hr and is sure to go up after December. Last year at this point, Steve’s wage was $2.24/hr so he’s seen good improvement in that metric in 2017.

That’s it for this month and I’m looking forward to the next update in 2018 which will show how I did in December. I’m excited to go into that month with 4 straight $100+ months and a solid increase over my hourly wage from last year which speaks to the power of reinvestment and continued investing.

Thanks for reading and please let me know how your investments did in November!

November Total : $107.44
2017 Total : $5370.99
Portfolio monthly hourly wage : $0.64/hr
Portfolio annual hourly wage : $2.93/hr


  • Dividend Dozer

    Maybe I just haven’t been looking, but it is nice to see a mutual fund-driven dividend portfolio and its income. I’m happy to admit that I’m no better than anyone else when it comes to picking stocks, and so I’ve been splitting my new contributions 50/50 between Vanguard’s Total Stock Market ETF and my own stock picks. The stock picks are fun, but I really don’t do any better on them than the professionals. I’ve been enjoying watching my VTI holding grow, and (same as you) can’t wait for December’s dividends.

    • timeinthemarket

      Yea, there aren’t a ton out there. I do have some individual securities and buy some from time to time but most of my regular money flows into mutual funds and ETFs since that’s the easiest way to keep investing in the market. I find that it takes me a long time to do the research to get comfortable around buying an individual stock and it’s much easier to have the regular ETF/mutual fund contributions in the meantime.

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