A lot happed in the month of January. As noted in last months update, we decided to rebalance the dividend portfolio and remove shares that no longer fitter the portfolio and the dividend growth strategy.  Here is the January 2018 Dividend Update.

January 2018 Dividend Update

What’s changed in January on the dividend front? The following shares disappeared from the portfolio:

  • POT (Potash) & AGU (Agrium): these merged and are now Nutrien LTD (NTR). The shares of  both companies where exchanged for NTR shares, and plummeted next…… Not really creating any shareholder value at this point. To maintain exposure to this basic materials sector we will keep the shares for now. We are also curious to see how the dividends will develop.
  • WJA (WestJet – Airlines): this was not really a good growth stock (sensitive to the economic cycles) and we were able to sell with a profit, so we did.
  • LIQ (Liquor stores): another non dividend growth stock (heck, it cut dividend a couple years back). One of our “chasing yield” stocks from when we started. Now that the share price had recovered, it was time to sell and reinvest the profits.

We also made some new Purchases:

  • REI.UN (RioCan): not really a “dividend growth stock” but it was battered recently due to the rising interest rates. It made for an interesting buy. It’s a REIT and a monthly dividend payer. With the Canadian REIT’s there are very few dividend growth stocks. However, due to their relatively high yield and monthly DRIP’s, they still are in interesting dividend “growth” investment. Plus, we want to have some real estate exposure and diversification too.
  • We also increased our existing positions with new share purchases of CU, H and FTS (all utilities).

We now do have some cash that we need to deploy and are evaluating this awesome list to see which positions we need to grow or start.

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January Dividends

All the dividend deposits received into the bank accounts (and correct for exchange rates) sum up to a total dividend income of about €522,5. This is a decrease of 4.1% compared to last year. However, this is all caused by a significant exchange rate fluctuation compared to a year ago. In Canadian dollars the dividend actually grew by 4% from a year ago. See, it’s still dividend GROWTH investing 🙂

The stats for last month:

January 2018 Dividend Update - Dividend Income

January 2018 Dividend Update – Dividend Income

The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015, 2016, 2017 and the YTD for 2018. We thus received €522,50 in dividends in 2018.

January 2018 Dividend Update - Yearly Dividend

January 2018 Dividend Update – Yearly Dividend

Dividend Stock Overview

Our dividend portfolio now contains 37 companies with a total of 9.044 shares. The ones with a keen eye among you will see NTR noted twice in this overview, this is due to the merger of POT and AGU (we each had one of these in our RRSP accounts). Since I’m lazy (and have the spreadsheets setup to provided an overview of both accounts individually), this probably won’t change albeit we would like to sell on of the two positions.

The portfolio looks like this:

January 2018 Dividend Update - Dividend Overview

January 2018 Dividend Update – Dividend Overview

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

 

January 2018 Dividend Update - Sector Allocation

January 2018 Dividend Update – Sector Allocation

 

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The December 2017 Dividend Update is commonly one that stands out, in a positive way, right? But not this year! Since we have been shuffling money around from stocks into real estate, we actually ended up going down. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Monthly Dividend Update

As noted in previous posts, we have sold all our core Dutch dividend shares now (RDS, UN and AH). But we still received the dividend from UN (for 200 shares). We now only hold dividend shares in our Canadian pension accounts. The one-year plan is to focus on the real estate side of things and keep the current asset distribution for now.

We are also planning to “clean up” the dividend shares within the Canadian pension accounts. We need to focus on actual dividend growth shares (and stop chasing yield). So we did a “detailed” assessment for 2017 with the following results:

  • We now have 39 different Canadian shares;
  • 28 of these continued to raise their dividends (keep these and expand positions!);
  • 9 did not change their dividends (primarily REITs, which we will keep for DRIPs; others we will sell); and,
  • unfortunately 2 cut their dividends (sell these!).

The short term goal is to sell 3 stocks (CJB, WJA and ET; at set trigger levels) that maintained their dividends. One stock that cut their dividend (POT) is now already converted into a new stock, which we will hang on to for now. The other stocks are still under review.

The money received will be redeployed into new positions or will be used to increase positions in actual dividend growth stocks.

Oh, don’t forget to check out the community updates at the Dividend Diplomats and Easy Dividend!

December Dividends

All the dividend deposits received into the bank accounts (correct for exchange rates) sum up to a total dividend income of about €588. This is a decrease of 6.0% compared to last year. Still overall dividends for the year grew by 29.3%!

The stats for last month:

December 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Income

December 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Income

The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015, 2016 and our final dividend total for 2017. We received over €7220 in dividends in 2017. But we are not going to get close to this in 2018! The sale of the Dutch shares will make sure of this.

December 2017 Dividend Update - Yearly Dividend

December 2017 Dividend Update – Yearly Dividend

Dividend Stock Overview

Our dividend portfolio contains 39 companies with a total of 9.520 shares (down 787 shares from a year ago). As of January 2018, without any buys or sells, we will have 38 as POT and AGU will merge into one company.

The portfolio looks like this:

December 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Overview

December 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Overview

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

December 2017 Dividend Update - Sector Allocation

December 2017 Dividend Update – Sector Allocation

 

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How about a November 2017 Dividend Update? Not really a month that stands out, but we still have quite a few monthly payers that even make this month interesting.

Monthly Dividend Update

We had a sell order in place for UFS (Domtar Corp) that triggered on the last day of the month. It’s not a bad company, but we found that our position (in terms of value) was a bit too high for our likings. If the price would come down again, we might pick it back up. In the mean time we will spread some of the proceeds around to other companies that have more growth potential (both in value as well as in dividend growth).

One monthly dividend payer (temporarily?) stopped paying, being LIQ (liquor stores). They are not doing well and have already cut their dividend big time a while back. They are also restructuring and have been selling their US assets. We have previously unloaded some of these shares and are considering to now sell the remaining shares.  Perhaps it’s time to take our losses and move on? We are considering to wait a while to see if the restructuring causes share price increase.

We continued to DRIP as many shares as possible (no fees and some share price discounts!). These include the usual monthly dividend payers such as (and a few quarterly payers too such as BMO, RBC, FTT and EMA):

  • AAR.UN (REIT);
  • CJR.B (Communication Services);
  • CIX (Finance);
  • DRG.UN (REIT);
  • SJR.B (Communication Services);
  • HR.UN (REIT); and,
  • PLZ.UN (REIT).

Don’t forget to check out the community updates at the Dividend Diplomats and Easy Dividend.

November Dividends

All the dividend deposits received into the bank accounts (correct for exchange rates) sum up to a total dividend income of about €422. This is an decrease of about 2.8% compared to last year. Wait, what? A decrease? Yes, but this is only driven by the exchange rate, in CAD terms we actually saw an increase of 4.8% in YoY dividend increases. We are not worried yet 😉

The stats for last month:

November 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Income

November 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Income

The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015 and 2016, and a year-to-date dividend total for 2017. It’s starting to really look pretty, doesn’t it? We should crack that €7.000 barrier by the end of the year. However, because we sold RDSA before the dividend record date, the December dividend income will be significantly lower than last year.

November 2017 Dividend Update - Yearly Dividend Overview

November 2017 Dividend Update – Yearly Dividend Overview

The “Dutch” dividend income (AH and UNA) 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 contains 42 companies with a total of 11.208 shares (up 986 shares from a year ago).

It looks like this:

November 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Overview

November 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Overview

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

November 2017 Dividend Update - Sector Allocation

November 2017 Dividend Update – Sector Allocation

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Good morning (or whatever time of the day you are reading this), we got a pretty juicy October 2017 Dividend Update!

Monthly Dividend Update

It was a bit of a wild month. We had been eyeing several Real Estate opportunities for a while. To be able to know with certainty how much money we would have, we decided to liquidate a portion of the Dutch dividend shares. We sold shares that made a bit of a profit, including ABN, RDSA and BOS. In case of RDSA, we should have kept them a little longer as they skyrocketed the last few weeks. But hindsight is 20-20 and we did not know if the opportunity would materialize quickly! Unfortunately it didn’t, but that’s ok. You win some, you loose some, at least we still have the cash ready to be deployed.

We will likely also sell the UN and AH shares too and transfer into other (higher yielding) cash-flow investments. Once that cash-flow is ongoing, we will like start to re-invest into dividend shares and/or index funds. The jury is still out on this one, it also depends on what the market is doing.

We continued to DRIP as many shares as possible (no fees and some share price discounts!). These include the usual monthly dividend payers such as (and a few quarterly payers too such as BNS, AQN, AGU and GS):

  • AAR.UN (REIT);
  • CJR.B (Communication Services);
  • CIX (Finance);
  • DRG.UN (REIT);
  • LIQ.UN (Consumer Staples);
  • SJR.B (Communication Services);
  • HR.UN (REIT); and,
  • PLZ.UN (REIT).

Don’t forget to check out the community updates at the Dividend Diplomats and Easy Dividend.

October Dividends

All the dividend deposits received into the bank accounts (correct for exchange rates) sum up to a total dividend income of almost €730. This is an increase of about 33.9% compared to last year. This is mainly driven by a special dividend from GS (a Canadian financial institution for high net worth individuals). This added a whopping €181 to the total dividend. We very much approve!

The stats for last month:

October 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Income

October 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Income

The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015 and 2016, and a year-to-date dividend total for 2017. Yes, we beat our income from 2016, with two more months to go!

October 2017 Dividend Update - Yearly Dividend Overview

October 2017 Dividend Update – Yearly Dividend Overview

The “Dutch” dividend income (AH, ABN, BOS, 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 now contains 43 companies with a total of 11.472 shares (up 1.575 shares from a year ago).

It looks like this:

October 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Overview

October 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Overview

Big note here as I was not able to record all stock values around month end. The above is a snap shot with the majority of the share values as per close of business on October 16.

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

October 2017 Dividend Update - Sector Allocation

October 2017 Dividend Update – Sector Allocation

 

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Quick look at the September 2017 Dividend Update, which was good as you can imagine as many companies pay in September.

Monthly Dividend Update

Not much to report, no purchases or selling this month. We continue to DRIP as many shares as possible (no fees and some share price discounts!). These include the usual monthly dividend payers such as (and a few quarterly payers too such as RDS.A and UN):

  • AAR.UN (REIT);
  • CJR.B (Communication Services);
  • CIX (Finance);
  • DRG.UN (REIT);
  • LIQ.UN (Consumer Staples);
  • SJR.B (Communication Services);
  • HR.UN (REIT); and,
  • PLZ.UN (REIT).

Don’t forget to check out the community updates at the Dividend Diplomats and Easy Dividend.

September Dividends

All the dividend deposits received into the bank accounts (correct for exchange rates) sum up to a total dividend income of almost €842. This is an increase of about 46.3% compared to last year. This is mainly driven by having a position in ABN and way more RDS.A shares this year. So it’s not a very representative increase.

The stats:

September 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Income

September 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Income

The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015 and 2016, and a year-to-date dividend total for 2017. We are so close to matching last year’s dividend income!

The “Dutch” dividend income (AH, ABN, BOS, 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).

September 2017 Dividend Update - Yearly Dividend Overview

September 2017 Dividend Update – Yearly Dividend Overview

 

Dividend Stock Overview

Our dividend portfolio still contains 46 companies with a total of 12.198 shares and looks like this (up 2.301 shares from a year ago):

September 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Overview

September 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Overview

Big note here as I was not able to record all stock values around month end. The above is a snap shot with the majority of the share values as per close of business on October 16.

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

September 2017 Dividend Update - Sector Allocation

September 2017 Dividend Update – Sector Allocation

 

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The month of August is typically not a month with a high dividend income. However, now that our portfolio is starting to really grow, we still had a very decent income. Let take a look at the August 2017 Dividend Update.

Monthly Dividend Update

With AH taking another dive this month, we added yet more shares to the position and are now at 800 shares (and losing money on paper….). The business is generally good, albeit upcoming heavy competition from the US is not helping. The share price has dropped about 30% from its high a few months back, and we have been buying on the way down. Probably not a bad moment in time to buy this stock, albeit it will go down further if we get another crisis (North Korea anyone?).

We continue to DRIP as many shares as possible (no fees and some share price discounts!). These include the usual monthly dividend payers such as AAR.UN, CJR.B, DRG.UN, LIQ.UN, HR.UN, PLZ.UN, CIX and SJR.B. We also dripped a few others including EMA, MIC and POT.

Don’t forget to check out the community updates at the Dividend Diplomats and Easy Dividend.

August Dividends

All the dividend deposits received into the bank accounts (correct for exchange rates) sum up to a total dividend income of ~€378. That is pretty neat! It’s actually an increase of about 6.6% compared to last year. This is not stellar, but at least it’s an increase!

Talking about an increase, we were a bit too soon with posting last months’ dividend update. There were some dividends that came in late and where higher then anticipated. In short, last months total dividend has been revised to €499.30. The YOY increase for July therefore jumped to 9.5%.

August 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Income

August 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Income

The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015 and 2016, and a year-to-date dividend total for 2017. We are slowly creeping up towards the total for 2016. It’s not unlikely that we will hit this by next month!

The “Dutch” dividend income (AH, ABN, BOS, 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).

August 2017 Dividend Update - Yearly Dividend Overview

August 2017 Dividend Update – Yearly Dividend Overview

Dividend Stock Overview

Our dividend portfolio still contains 46 companies with a total of 12.133 shares and looks like this (up 2.089 shares from a year ago):

August 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Overview

August 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Overview

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

August 2017 Dividend Update - Sector Allocation

August 2017 Dividend Update – Sector Allocation

 

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Yeah, we are a crazy bunch here at Cheesy Finance, we switched the Dividend and Savings Rate posts! Let’s first look at the money received before we start looking at the money spent :-). After a record month in June, July was a bit quieter on the dividend income side. Please follow along for the July 2017 Dividend Update.

Monthly Dividend Update

No new share purchases this month, as we are keeping our powder try for some new real estate. But if no opportunity arise in the next couple of months, we will turn around and start to buy more dividend shares.

We also sold 4 shares of PSK, which we had received as part of a dividend payment by CNRL. We made a handsome 15% profit on these shares within about a year (including fees), so happy with that result. The money will be invested elsewhere once we hit about $1.000 in cash in the RRSP account.

Obviously we had tons of DRIP shares including the usual monthly dividend payers such as AAR.UN, CJR.B, DRG.UN, LIQ.UN, HR.UN, PLZ.UN, CIX and SJR.B. We also dripped a few others including UFS, RCI.B, AQN and TCL.A.

Life was good this month 🙂

July Dividends

Once we added up all the deposits received into the bank accounts (and correct for exchange rates), the total comes to about ~€490. That’s pretty good!  It is also a 7.6% increase from a year ago. This is not very spectacular, but not bad either.

July 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Income

July 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Income

The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015 and 2016, and a year-to-date dividend total for 2017. We are creeping up nicely towards the total for 2016.

The “Dutch” dividend income (AH, ABN, BOS, 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).

July 2017 Dividend Update - Yearly Dividend Overview

July 2017 Dividend Update – Yearly Dividend Overview

Dividend Stock Overview

Our dividend portfolio still contains 46 companies with a total of 11.815 shares and looks like this (up 1.771 shares from a year ago):

July 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Overview

July 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Overview

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

July 2017 Dividend Update - Sector Allocation

July 2017 Dividend Update – Sector Allocation

 

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We have another winner! June 2017 will go into the Cheesy Index history books as the highest income month to date! Let’s quickly have a look at the June 2017 Dividend Update.

Monthly Dividend Update

The following shares were added last month:

  • 200 AH shares, the dip after the Whole Foods news was an opportunity to average down.

We also have tons of DRIP shares including AAR.UN, CJR.B, DRG.UN, PLZ.UN, CIX, SJR.B and many more! Lot’s of payers in June.

Do also keep your eye on the Dividend Diplomats for an always amazing DGI income summary from various other bloggers.

June Dividends

Once we added up all the deposits received into the bank accounts (and corrected for exchange rates), the total comes to almost ~€885. That is a 26.9% increase from a year ago.

June 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Income

June 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Income

The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015 and 2016, and a year-to-date dividend total for 2017. We are rapidly creeping up to the complete dividend income for 2016! Just about €1835 to go, which will take about 4 months or so.

The “Dutch” dividend income (AH, ABN, BOS, 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).

June 2017 Dividend Update - Yearly Dividend Overview

June 2017 Dividend Update – Yearly Dividend Overview

Dividend Stock Overview

Our dividend portfolio still contains 47 companies with a total of 11.793 shares and looks like this (up 2.574 shares from a year ago):

June 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Overview

June 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Overview

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

June 2017 Dividend Update - Sector Allocation

June 2017 Dividend Update – Sector Allocation

 

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After the stellar March and April dividend updates, we were due for another slower month. At least, that is what we thought! But we were surprised by the results. Here is the May 2017 Dividend Update.

Monthly Dividend Update

The following shares were added last month:

  • 100 H (Hydro One – Canadian Utility provider)
  • 100 BOS (deviated from the rules here, not a great move! So this one may sting a bit. Will use for options and its dividend in June)
  • 100 ABN (also for options trading and it’s dividend in June)

We also have tons of DRIP shares including AAR.UN, CJR.B, DRG.UN, PLZ.UN, GS, CIX, SJR.B and a few more.

We also sold about 150 of LIQ (had over 500 shares). We had the option to sell with a limited loss and reinvest into better growth shares. LIQ is the largest liquor retailor on the Toronto stock exchange. Always had a very high dividend, but cut to a third a while back due to issues in Alberta. This was one of our first purchases when we started investing in dividend stock, but not one of our best selections. Should have paid more attention on the pay-out ratio! Lesson learned.

Oh, and keep your eye on the Dividend Diplomats and the Predictable Snowball for great DGI income summaries from various other bloggers.

May Dividends

Once we added up all the deposits received into the bank accounts (and corrected for exchange rates), the total comes to: ~€420. That is a 33.3% increase from a year ago. Pretty happy with that.

May 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Income

May 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Income

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 over half way the 2016 income and we are not even half way the year!

The “Dutch” dividend income (AH, ABN, BOS, 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).

May 2017 Dividend Update - Yearly Dividend Overview

May 2017 Dividend Update – Yearly Dividend Overview

Dividend Stock Overview

Our dividend portfolio still contains 47 companies with a total of 11.292 shares and looks like this (up 1.651 shares from a year ago):

May 2017 Dividend Update - Share Overview

May 2017 Dividend Update – Share Overview

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

May 2017 Dividend Update - Sector Allocation

May 2017 Dividend Update – Sector Allocation

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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.

Oh, and keep your eye on the Dividend Diplomats and the Predictable Snowball for great DGI income summaries from various other bloggers.

April Dividends

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 :-).

April 2017 Dividend Update - Dividend Income

April 2017 Dividend Update – Dividend Income

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).

April 2017 Dividend Update - Yearly Dividend Overview

April 2017 Dividend Update – Yearly Dividend Overview

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):

April 2017 Dividend Update - Share Overview

April 2017 Dividend Update – Share Overview

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

April 2017 Dividend Update - Sector Allocation

April 2017 Dividend Update – Sector Allocation

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Monthly Dividend Update

March is a great month, lot’s of “our” companies are paying dividends. A quick look around in the DGI community shows we are not alone in having a really good dividend income last month! Keep your eye on the Dividend Diplomats and the Predictable Snowball for great DGI summaries.

We did not buy any new shares last month, but we did have tons of DRIP shares including AAR.UN, CJR.B, PLZ.UN, CWB, ET, POW, CIX and a few more.

March Dividends

When we added up all the deposits into the bank accounts (and corrected for exchange rates), we received almost €812, a new record! That is a very respectable 18% YOY increase. The somewhat “limited” increase is because of a special dividend we received last year (~€70) from ET and we have fewer RDSA shares than last year too. However, the trend is upward and that is what really matters. Looking at the graph below, I’m already excited about June. Curious to see if we can break the €850 barrier! April is also poised to see a massive jump as AH (Ahold) will be paying it’s yearly dividend.

March 2017 Monthly Dividend Overview

March 2017 Monthly Dividend Overview

The graph below is showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015 and 2016, and a year-to-date dividend total for 2017. In the third month of 2017 we already received more dividends than for the whole of 2015. Cool 🙂 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).

March 2017 Yearly Dividend Overview

March 2017 Yearly Dividend Overview

Dividend Stock Overview

Our dividend portfolio still contains 45 companies with a total of 10.737 shares and looks like this (up 3.739 shares from a year ago):

March 2017 Dividend Portfolio

March 2017 Dividend Portfolio

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

March 2017 Dividend Sector Breakdown

March 2017 Dividend Sector Breakdown

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Monthly Dividend Update

February is traditionally a slow month. Even though we have many monthy dividend payers, February is still not very exciting. But than again, this February 2017 Dividend Update is still pretty much positive due to the growth from last year.

We also purchased additional shares this month, which include:

  • 100 shares of RDSA; and,
  • Tons of DRIP shares including AAR.UN, CJR.B, PLZ.UN (which also raised it’s dividend!), CIX and several more

February Dividends

When we added up all the deposits into the bank accounts (and corrected for exchange rates), we received almost €342. That is a very respectable 59% YOY increase.

February 2017 Dividend Income

February 2017 Dividend Income

We also made a new graph showing the yearly dividend totals for 2015 and 2016, and a year-to-date dividend total for 2017. In the first 2 months for 2017 we already received more dividends than for the total 5 months of 2015. Now that is heading in the right direction! Granted, we only started with dividend growth investing in 2015. We sold all our RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) held ETF’s and started analysing and investing those funds into dividend stocks.

Yearly Dividend Totals

Yearly Dividend Totals

Dividend Stock Overview

Our dividend portfolio now contains 45 companies with a total of 10.699 shares and looks like this (up 3.701 shares from a year ago):

February 2017 Dividend Stock Overview

February 2017 Dividend Stock Overview

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

February 2017 Dividend Stock Sector Allocation

February 2017 Dividend Stock Sector Allocation

How was your Febraury from a dividend perspective? Was it also a slow month for you?

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Monthly Dividend Overview

The January Dividend Update is usually a stable one as there are relatively few companies that pay in the first (and second) month of the year. However, we have many monthy dividend payers, so our distribution throughout the year is somewhat stable.

We also purchased some additional shares this month, which include:

  • 100 shares of AH
  • 100 shares of RDSA
  • 50 shares of UNA
  • Tons of DRIP shares including BCE, CWB, AAR.UN and many more

January Dividends

When we added up all the deposits into the bank accounts, we received a very respectable €544, that is a 61% YOY increase! That’s pretty good, would love to keep that going (despite knowing it is not sustainable…..)

Dividend Stock Overview

Our dividend portfolio now contains 45 companies with a total of 10.585 shares and looks like this (up 3.233 shares from a year ago):

Dividend Sector Breakdown

When you breakdown the previously shown dividend stock overview by sector, it looks as follows:

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December 2016 Dividend Update

Another (dividend) year has come to a close, and what a year it was! We were able to pretty much reinvest all cash from sales of ETF’s. These were part of a company pension package, we did not like it and decided to sell at their highs in 2015 and start to manage ourselves. We also used some cash from our home sale to sink into (primarily) dividend stocks.

We reinvested the cash gradually over the course of one year, as we needed time to research and select stocks we think should help us in the long run. Albeit we made some mistakes and corrections, the portfolio we have now will remain and be slowly expanded in 2017.

For December 2016 we got just over €642 in dividends, which included a nice one-off bonus dividend from Evertz Technologies (ET). This (bonus) dividend was DRIP-ed and added 12 more shares to this holding. Nice! Purchases for the month included some 50 shares of AH (Ahold).

The usual breakdowns are provided below for your entertainment and curiosity:

The Dividend Portfolio

Our portfolio includes 45 companies with a total of 10307 shares and looks something like this:

The Sector Allocation

And if you breakdown by sector, it looks as follows (seems pretty diversified, but there is a bit more work to be done):

The total dividends received in 2016 was a very nice €5.591. Let’s see if we can increase that for 2017 ;-).

How was your Devember and the whole of 2016 from a dividend perspective? Were you pleased with the results?

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Another relatively steady, but good, month on the dividend side of our investments. We purchased some RDSA (100 shares) and AH (150 shares in two batches) in November, plus ongoing DRIPs for about 10 different companies, which added anywhere between 1-4 shares each. We currently own 10.222 share in various companies, that’s quite a lot!

The grand total for November is a very solid €434 in free money. This monthly dividend income is a YOY increase of about 191%. This percentage is going down steadily compared to previous months and will continue to do so going forward due to the slower (re)investment into dividend shares.

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As you can see below, we finally bought back RDSA and AH in November as noted earlier, as well as added to our position in UNA. This time we are planning to keep them, potentially adding to the positions in the coming months. After that, we have to start looking into some new posistions. But these have to be European dividend stocks (for diversification and exchange rate reasons), ideas?

We now own shares in a total of 45 different companies, which are:

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When you allocate the stocks to the various sectors they represent and add them together into a plot, this is what you get (based on Market value as of COB November 30):

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How did you do this month? Better or worse then expected? What did you buy? Did you also get some UNA and AH after the drop in share price over the last month?

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