Today is the last full day of summer, according to the solstice-to-equinox definition. Hours spent in darkness will start to outnumber daylight hours very soon (at least here in NH).
Continuing the dividend announcement soap opera, yesterday MCD declared a dividend increase. That makes two stocks which have announced increases and one which announced a decrease this week.
We also received our Q3 dividend payment for WM. Based on our current holdings, we won't receive another dividend for more than a month. More than half of our positions pay dividends on the popular March/June/Sept/Dec schedule, which means September was a good income month for us. (Oddly enough, however, the higher-yielding REITs distribute their dividends during the other months, so we'll receive more income from fewer holdings in Oct & Nov than we will in December). At this stage in my life, it doesn't matter when the dividends are paid, but for an investor who was counting on that income stream, I could see a case for shifting portfolio allocation between stocks so that it would be fairly evenly distributed throughout the year.