Monthly Dividend Update
April was a great month, primarily because of one company Ahold (AMS.AD). This yearly paying dividend stock provided about a third of the total dividend income!
We also added a few shares last month, to be precise:
- 200 AH (could not resist the dip right before the ex-dividend date)
- 200 RDS (of which 100 due to an option contract)
We also have tons of DRIP shares including AAR.UN, CJR.B, DRG.UN, PLZ.UN, CIX, SJR.B and a few more.
Furthermore we also sold a few shares, primarily because of tax reasons. BP.UN was causing us some tax headaches with the US, so we sold this stock to prevent further issues. We even sold for a profit! Now just need to find a spot to put this cash.
When we added up all the deposits into the bank accounts (and corrected for exchange rates), we received over €730. Nice! That is an amazing 114.2% YOY increase. Thank you Ahold :-).
The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015 and 2016, and a year-to-date dividend total for 2017. We are now creeping up to be half way the 2016 by the end of May.
The “Dutch” dividend income (AH, UNA and RDSA) are all after taxes (15%). The rest are held in RRSP’s and are not taxed (we will pay withholding tax when we withdraw from the account, but the dividends are not taxed themselves).
Dividend Stock Overview
Our dividend portfolio still contains 44 companies with a total of 11.071 shares and looks like this (up 2.754 shares from a year ago):
Dividend Sector Breakdown
When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:
How was your April? Happy with the amount of “free” money that you received?