One Raise at a Time | Unexpected But Much Appreciated

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Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Visa for yet another dividend increase!
Something I love about dividend growth investing is that each month I get to hear about companies I own deciding to pay me more money in dividends.  Just for owning a small portion of said companies.  Not going and doing R&D for new products or technology.  Not selling any products.  Not managing any employees or inventory.  Not making sales calls.  All I had to do was have the foresight to invest some of my savings in excellent companies.  That's dividend growth investing at work!  I mean who doesn't like getting a raise for doing nothing?  Dividend growth investing is far from a get rich quick investment strategy, rather you need to remain focused on the long term goal to be successful.

Who doesn't love surprises?  Especially when they're the good kind.  The end of January was a bit crazy with a flurry of dividend increases and a return of market volatility so I'm just now getting a chance to write about this excellent increase from one of my favorite holdings.

On January 30th the Board of Directors at Visa (V) announced an increase to their quarterly dividend payout.  The dividend was increased from $0.195 per share up to $0.21 per share.  That's a solid 7.7% raise.  Visa is a Dividend Contender with 10 consecutive years of dividend increases.  Shares currently yield 0.72% based on the new annualized payout.

That might seem like a small raise from Visa when increases should be coming in well above 10%; however, keep in mind that this raise was on the heels of the 18.2% increase they gave to investors back in October.  Compared to the same payment from 2017 the new dividend is now 27.3% higher.  

Since I own 38.33 shares of Visa in my FI Portfolio this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by $2.30.  This is the 6th dividend increase I've received from Visa since initiating a position in August 2013.  Cumulatively, the organic dividend growth from Visa has amounted to 154.6% over that time.  According to US Inflation Calculator the cumulative rate of inflation over that same time is just 5.8%.  I think it's safe to say that Visa is growing my purchasing power each year.

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Visa's dividend history is now 10 years old and things are looking fantastic.  It really is a thing of beauty.  The "worst", if you can even call it that, year over year increase has come in a 17.0%.  As such the 3-year and 5-year growth rates are both excellent as well with the lowest being 18.0% and 19.3%, respectively.

*2018's dividend assumes the current quarterly payout of $0.21 per share is maintained for the rest of the year.

Wrap Up

This raise increased my forward dividends by $2.30 with me doing nothing.  That's right, absolutely nothing to contribute to their operations.  Based on my portfolio's current yield of 2.85% this raise is like I invested an extra $80 in capital.  Except that I didn't!  One of the companies I own just decided to send more cash my way.  

That's how you can eventually reach the crossover point where your dividends received exceed your expenses.  That's DIVIDEND GROWTH INVESTING AT WORK!  The beauty of the dividend growth investing strategy is that you build up your dividends through fresh capital investment as well dividend increases from the companies you own.

Thus far in 2018 I've received 8 dividend increases combining to increase my forward 12-month dividends by $78.13.  

My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends increased to $5,937.34.  Including my FolioFirst portfolio's forward dividends of $77.19 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $6,014.53.  My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends are at $336.46.

Do you own shares of Visa?  Were you excited to see that unexpected raise?

Please share your thoughts below.


  1. Hi JC, I have not owned Visa now or in the past. Not that I have any issue with the stock/company, I just haven't followed it. Maybe it's because we put all our charges on a different card. Tom

    1. Tom,

      Visa has been a solid holding for us although admittedly the dividend yield leaves at lot to be desired. But that dividend growth is fantastic. The thing I like about V & MA is that they don't carry the default risk like Amex does and I think Discover too. It's all about the network for them.

      All the best.

  2. Every raise counts and it all gets us closer. Don’t have it maybe someday.

    1. Doug,

      Loved seeing that extra raise from Visa. It's been a great holding for me, although I wish the yield was a bit higher, but at least they're crushing it with dividend growth each year.

      All the best.


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