More boring stuff in this October 2018 Dividend Update. Yet again som more DRIP’s happened. However, we also bought some more dividend…….ETF’s?
October 2018 Dividend Update
No sale of shares this month, but we did buy some! Well not shares, but we bought an ETF. VDY is what we ended up with. Why? I had trouble adding to existing positions, some are already getting quite large relatively speaking. I still would like to keep our portfolio well diversified and balanced.
The VDY also has some shares that I like (like T and TD) that we cannot buy due to restriction with the investment account. Buying the ETF was a nice way to get some exposure to those companies. That being said, it’s a high dividend ETF, which does not necessarily have only dividend growth shares. Not ideal, I know! Management fees are very acceptable at 0.22%. Dividend is paid monthly. DRIP’s are not going to happen, as the position is too small.
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All the dividend deposits received into the bank accounts (and correct for exchange rates) sum up to a total dividend income of €586,78for October.
Compared to last year we had an decrease of 20.5%. If you purely look at the dividend change in CAD (Canadian Dollars), which is our steady portfolio in our RRSPs, we are also down 21.2% compared to last year. This is the result due to sales/merger of some shares, one time bonus dividend payments last year and shifting dividend payment dates. Such is life!
The stats for last month:
The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015, 2016, 2017 and the YTD for 2018. Despite selling many shares in 2017 (reinvested in Real Estate), we are on track to actually beat 2016’s total this year. Which also included some of the Dutch shares we sold in 2017.
Dividend Stock Overview
Our dividend portfolio now contains 36 companies + one ETF with a total of 8.037 shares.
The portfolio looks like this:
Dividend Sector Breakdown
When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:
How was your October on the dividend front?