Although the clock hasn't yet run out on 2012, we've already received all of our dividends for the year. The total comes to just over $1,200. This includes a somewhat questionable special dividend payment from PETS*, but even if we exclude that, I'm pleased with the total of $1,000+ we've received over the past five months. We didn't start investing in our Early Retirement account until July, and didn't receive our first dividend payment until August.
I'm tracking our dividends on the Portfolio page, on the Dividend tabs in the embedded spreadsheet. Our future projected dividends are shown on the Summary (and Details) tab in the "Annual Div Estimate" column, based on our current holdings and the most recent announced payout from each holding.
Assuming no major cuts in dividends in 2013, we should see a total payout in the neighborhood of $3,000 based on our current holdings. Of course we plan to continue adding to the account with each paycheck, so I'm cautiously optimistic we can see a dividend total around $5,000 in 2013 when future purchases are added into the mix.
As the saying instructs, it's risky to count chickens before they hatch, especially given the current uncertainty around the future tax treatment of dividends in the US. I'll also be the first to admit that some of our current higher-yield holdings are more risky/speculative than the usual dividend growth favorites, but I'm still pleased with each of them and would not hesitate to add to any of them (at the right price) given enough available cash on hand. Here's looking forward to a prosperous 2013!
*The PETS special dividend pay date is December 24, but I already see it posted to our brokerage account this weekend.