Dividend Received · Investing

March 2021 Dividend Report

Hello my dear readers, followers, commenters, lurkers or a combination of the above. March has come and gone and it’s time for another update of my dividend results. Before that I would like to mention that I intended to comment more on your blogs as promised last month but unfortunately Covid-19 hit our home and my eldest has tested positive for Corona. While it always was a possibillity with going to school , it was still quite the shock when we got the news (my wife tested negative).

As far as health goes we can report that it looked like a severe flu with lots of couching and a high fever. Not unlike some flu’s my eldest has had before in our household. When someone in your home is infected with Corona you get all sorts of procedures and advice about isolating the person, etc. Thats really not possible with two kids below 7 years of age. So it was an “accepted risk” that we would also get it, but thankfully we seem to have been spared an infection so far (knock on wood please!). A second test performed on me and Mrs. Bot turned out negative as well last friday.

We have been in quarantine for about 10 days now and are going through new and final tests coming thursday, if we test negative we can break quarantine and enjoy our freedom again. I’ve never ever looked forward so much to just taking a walk around the block like this week. Funny how you always take health and freedom for granted until its taken (temporarily) away.

Even with all this, I’m thankful to know that our little snowball has kept growing and that our dividends have still rolled in like clockwork:

TickerAmount (€)
INTC1.94
AFL8.60
ADM18.36
PFE13.88
UPS5.78
IBM11.59
3M12.62
WBA9.63
PRU15.47
ORI12.83
O3.83
ED7.17
VFC2.10
UNH3.58
QCOM8.91
JNJ2.16
CWEN1.15
Unilever21.76
Total 161.36

No less then 18 companies sent me a nice paycheck with a grand total of €161,36. This is my second highest dividend received ever! The only month that has ever been higher was September 2019 and that was due to a special dividend from ORI.

Änd the monthly visual:

Look at the pretty colors!

And working towards my 2021 goal of €1750 in dividends received:

And (inspired by Engineering Dividends) a new graph with my annual dividend totals:

So we’re done with with month #3 and we are at 23% of our goal for 2021. Decent enough for the first quarter!.

March 2020€137,27
March 2021: €161,36
Total dividend ever: €3229,34

An nice increase of 17,55% compared to last year so I can’t complain about that. As noted last month some payouts are now in different months compared to last year so that skews the results a bit.

The progress is still very real even though this is already my fifth year as a dividend growth investor since starting back in March of 2017 (with a monthly total of €1,98).

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the results of this month and ofcourse on your own results. Please let me know in the comments!

Dividend Received

February 2021 Dividend Report

It’s already more than halfway through March, for some reason the past few weeks have been speeding by. Is it the working from home part? Or the continuing lockdown drudgery? Is it the monotony of the DGI path? I have no clue but here we are 🙂

I’ve been somewhat inactive lately in commenting on your blogs, sorry about that! I couldn’t quite muster up the energy for some reason. Don’t worry, I’ll probably bounce back next month!

Easy movie reference this time!

Onto my results for February:

TickerAmount (€)
T25.66
GIS3.58
CVS9.85
TXN7.14
ABBV27.36
OHI12.69
PG4.44
HRL1.71
O3.78
Total €96.21

No less than 9 companies payed me a dividend with a nice total of €96,21. If you look at the visuals thats not that impressive, especially compared to last years results. So what happened? SPG changed payouts to January and one of my larger positions Unilever (UN) decided to payout in March skewing my results. On the bright side, the quarter-ending month should be interesting!

Änd the visuals:

Look at the pretty colors!

And working towards my 2021 goal of €1750 in dividends received:

86% to go!

So we’re done with with month #2 and we checked a 6% off our total. Decent enough.

February 2020€102,20
February 2021: €96,21
Total dividend ever: €3067,98

An annoying decrease of -5,86% compared to last year. As mentioned earlier in this post the difference is explainable but it’s not something you want to see. Thankfully the decrease has nothing to do with either selling or dividend cuts/suspensions.

The progress is still very real even though this is already my fourth year as a dividend growth investor since starting back in March of 2017 (with a monthly total of €1,98).

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the results of this month and ofcourse on your own results. Please let me know in the comments!

Dividend Received · Investing

January 2021 Dividend Report

Is it me or did January just fly by? It sometimes seems that time is going increasingly faster each day, but that maybe because that days seem a lot alike these days. We’re still in full lockdown here but it has been announced that primary schools are re-opening as of next week. Hopefully this is one of the first of many steps to go back to the future…erhm…normal!

Amazingly enough its already February and everything is in full swing for the new year. That leavs one more thing for me to finish up the first month of 2021 and that is to post my results and boy do I have some nice things to show you!

TickerAmount (€)
PEP3.54
PPL6.59
IRM25.56
KMB3.68
HASI3.54
LEG11.25
CAH8.87
O3.78
CSCO12.3
ADP5.79
MDT2.15
SPG3.63
ORI (*)57.65
Total148.33
Just look at that special dividend!

No less than 13 companies payed me a dividend with a nice total of €148,33. If you look at the visuals thats quite a big increase compared to last year. So what happened? ORI, thats what happened! Another special dividend from ORI, my second special dividend ever and for a second time from the same company.

Änd the visuals:

And working towards my 2020 goal of €1750 in dividends received:

So we’re done with with month #1 and we checked a nice 8% off our total. A great start for 2021!

January 2020€79,14
January 2021: €148,33
Total dividend ever: €2971,77

A awesome increase of 87,43% compared to last year. Although to be fair, that special dividen skews the results a lot. So if we remove the special dividend from the equation we get a normalised growth rate of 14,58% compared to last year.

The progress is still very real even though this is already my fourth year as a dividend growth investor since starting back in March of 2017 (with a monthly total of €1,98).

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the results of this month and ofcourse on your own results. Please let me know in the comments!

Investing

These are my buys from Q4 2020

It’s been a while since I last posted about what stocks I am buying, so Ithought I’d share my buys of the last quarter of 2020. One of the things I need to do more is to analyse my portfolio and tweak my diversification. Diversification Mr. Robot, what on earth do you mean? Your portfolio seems pretty well balanced with only a few outliers (like IRM)?

Well thanks for the compliment, I really appreciate it! But to be completely honest there is still some work to do. When I created my first treemap it already showed that my balance in GICS sectors needs more finetuning. With a large portion of my portfolio in Healthcare and Technology it made clear that sectors like Consumer Staples-Cyclical-Discretionary and Utilities needed more work.

What my treemap did not show (because I didn’t check for it) was my geographical diversification. The larger part of the blogs and information out there is from a US-perspective. There are various Dutch en EU blogs and thankfully this list keeps on growing, but most of my inspiratoin/investigation used to come from abroad. When I did finally check on my balance between US/non-US stocks it scared me quite a bit. So it was time to take action!

Which movie is this? Add it to you comment for kudo’s!

So it should be no suprise that my most recent buys were solely non-US stocks, actually they were solely Dutch/EU stocks! Here are the companies that I bought:

Unilever and Ahold needs no introduction I like to think, but maybe the other two companies do:

Wolters Kluwer N.V. (WKL), together with its subsidiaries, provides professional information, software solutions, and services in Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. The company operates through Health; Tax & Accounting; Governance, Risk & Compliance; and Legal & Regulatory divisions. The company serves clinicians, nurses, accountants, and lawyers, as well as tax, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and regulatory sectors. Wolters Kluwer N.V. was founded in 1836 and is based in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands.

RELX PLC (RELX) provides information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers in North America, Europe, and internationally. It operates through four segments: Scientific, Technical & Medical; Risk & Business Analytics; Legal; and Exhibitions. The company was formerly known as Reed Elsevier PLC and changed its name to RELX PLC in July 2015. RELX PLC was incorporated in 1903 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

So with these stocks I not only increase my geographical diversification I also counter the (continuing?) devaluation of the US dollar. The latter has seriously impacted my received dividends last year and it also shows in my prognoses for my projected annual dividend income. With all these buys combined (I am Captain Planet! Just kidding! :)) my current forward income stands at a total of €1414,-.

What do you think about my buys? Did you buy anything recently? Let me know in the comments!

Investing

December 2020 Dividend Report

This post marks the official financial end of DGI year 2020 and what a year it has been! From a pandemic, markets crashing, the US elections to working fulltime from home. I hope all my fellow bloggers and your families remain healthy and stay safe in 2021. My best wishes to you all!

Thankfully my portfolio was only slightly affected by all these changes in 2020. With a dividend suspension from Walt Disney (with 2 shares my smallest position) and a 38% dividend cut from SPG (with 4 shares also a small position) being my only slights.

I shared my 2020 year-end review with you already, so straight towards the final results:

TickerAmount (€)
INTC1.84
AFL7.26
ADM17.62
PFE13.31
UPS5.64
IBM11.39
3M12.33
WBA9.50
PRU14.46
ORI12.03
O3.75
ED6.95
VFC2.05
UNH3.48
QCOM8.54
JNJ2.13
CWEN1.10
Total€133.38 + 3,15 (FDX)
Edited 27/1/2021, I forgot a dividend payment from FedEx!

No less than 18 companies payed me a dividend tallying up to €136,53.

Änd the visuals:

And working towards my 2020 goal of €1500 in dividends received:

So we’re done with with month #12 and I finished at 92% of my goal for 2020. I came up short with €117,89 left to go. Although I didn’t make the goal I’m still pretty proud of what I achieved in a year like 2020!

December 2019€128,55
December 2020: €136,53
Total dividend ever: €2823,44

A marginal increase of 6,21% compared to last year. What happened? As you might have noticed I’ve been able achieve steady double digit growth throughout my months, averaging about 45,68%. I did come checking and found out that the payout schedule of one of my larger EU positions (Unilever) has shifted towards a different date, combine that with the devaluation of the dollar and lack of buys with a payout in quarter ending months and there you go.

The progress is still very real even though this is already my fourth year as a dividend growth investor since starting back in March of 2017 (with a monthly total of €1,98).

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the results of this month (and year while you’re at it!) and ofcourse on your own results. Please let me know in the comments!

Investing · Personal

2020 year-end review and thanks

When I checked my Goals page I realised that I haven’t updated that page in a while, it was still in Dutch! So that means it has been collecting some virtual dust for quite some time. I have since remedied that and updated it not only to English but also to incorporate every goal and result of the past years!

I also found out that even though I did set goals for 2020, I never actually posted them here. It must have slipped my mind at the beginning of the year. But do not worry! I did write them down somewhere and I’m still able to share them with you:

  • Receive €1500,- in dividend: The last dividends are yet to come into my bank account, but I already know that I won’t be making this goal. I did come close however! How close? You’ll find out in my December dividend report in early January.
  • Increase forward income to €1500: With all our extra finances going towards buying the land beneath our house (skipping the need for a mortgage) there was only our monthly deposits. Together with the devaluation of the dollar in 2020 we ended the year on €1400,- post-tax. Inching forward and the lack of significant progress is a bit frustrating sometimes.
  • Side-hustle €500: I think I totalled on €35,- so I need to step up my game here.
  • Save €7500 towards downpayment of our mortgage: We payed off an extra €1105 this year. The rest went to buying our land,
  • Write a 30 blogposts: Nope, 16 in total.
  • Spend less time with my phone (30 min/day): Essentially the same as last year, off to a great start and some succes in between but I still average an hour + everyday. Thats at least 365 hours of screentime this year. Granted some of it was work-related but thats maybe a few hours.
  • Spend more time with my family: Well with the different variations of lockdown here In The Netherlands this was a pretty easy goal to reach 🙂
  • Read 6 self-improvement books: I’ve read the following books: The Infinite Game (Sinek), Ladder der Leiderschap (De Bondt), Never Split the Difference (Voss), The Culture Code (Coyle), Politieke Intelligentie (van Oosterhout) and working on Handboek Teamcoaching (Vroemen).
  • Exercise 2-3 times a week: This is a succes, granted the last two months of the year I failed miserably due to some illness but the rest of the year was great!
  • Start with meditation: I’ve only recently started in November, so its definitely a work in progress.

All in all I’m pretty happy with my results for the year, especially considering it was during a global pandemic.

As much as I’m on this (FIRE) path for myself and my family, I use this blog as a way to document my journey and keep myself accountable. But truth be told, I never would have kept publishing reports if not for you, my readers. So here is a big shot out to my regular commenters of the past year(s):

Paul from Engineering Dividends
Bert & Lanny from Dividend Diplomats
Broke Investor
P2035
DividendPortfolio
ReverseTheCrush
DeKleineKapitalist (Dutch)
DeKleineDividendBelegger (Dutch)
DividendPortfolio.nl (Dutch)
Mr. Groeigeld (Dutch)
MooiDividend.nl
PolliesDividend (inactive)
Dividendcompounder
DesiDividend
TimeintheMarket
My Dividend Dynasty
PassiveCanadianIncome
Jordan from MoneyMaaster.com
Tom from DividendsDiversify
Keith from DivHut
Bob from TawCan
DAH from DividendsAndHobbies

Thank you all for your support, inspiration and motivation and a happy New Year!

Dividend Received

November 2020 Dividend Report

It’s finally December! The final month of the year and what a year it has been. Nobody could’ve guessed that we would head into a global pandemic with a big impact on not only people but also the markets in general. Before we had into more holidays here in The Netherlands I can share my November dividend report with you! 🙂

Here are my results:

TickerAmount (€)
T26.37
GIS3.69
CVS10.14
TXN7.3
ABBV25.35
OHI12.96
PG4.53
HRL1.66
UN20.93
O3.85
Total116.78

No less than 10 companies (which is actually the least amount of all my months) payed me a dividend tallying up to €116,78. Nicely crossing the €100 threshold in the second month of the quarter.

Änd the visuals:

And working towards my 2020 goal of €1500 in dividends received:

So we’re finished with month #11 and I’m at 83% of my goal for 2020. I’m still behind schedule and I can conclude that based on my previous quarter ending results I will not be making my goal this year. Let’s see how close I can get!

November 2019€82,20
November 2020: €116,78
Total dividend ever: €2686,91

A stellar increase of 42,07% compared to last year. The progress is still very real even though this is already my fourth year as a dividend growth investor since starting back in March of 2017 (with a monthly total of €1,98).

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the results of this month and ofcourse on your own results. Please let me know in the comments!

Dividend Received

October 2020 Dividend Report

And with that the last day of October is gone and we have finished the first month of the last quarter of 2020. A month where two things dominate the news, Covid and the US presidential elections (even here in The Netherlands).

For me its 100% working from home again. I finally moved my temporary desk to the attic and am no longer working from the living room. That is a vast improvement with staying focused (especially with kids) and dividing work and private life again.

Here are the results for October 2020:

TickerAmount (€)
PEP3.69
PPL6.9
IRM26.89
KMB3.87
HASI3.65
LEG11.6
CAH9.15
O3.89
CSCO12.67
FDX3.29
ADP4.6
MDT2.22
SPG3.73
Total€96.15

No less then 13 companies payed me this month, with no new companies. A total of €96,15 was deposited into my account, which is irritatingly close to the 100 mark in the first month of a quarter.

And onto the visuals:

And working towards my goal for 2020:

So we’re finished with month #10 and I’m at 75% of my goal for 2020. I’m still behind schedule and I might need to face the fact that my target for this year was somewhat too high (especially with buying our land). We’ll see how close we can get!

October 2019€69,63
October 2020: €96,15
Total dividend ever: €2570,13

A nice and comfortable increase of 38,09% compared to last year. The progress is still very real even though this is already my fourth year as a dividend growth investor since starting back in March of 2017.

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the results of this month and ofcourse on your own results. Please let me know in the comments!

Dividend Received

September 2020 Dividend Report

So another month has passed and we are in the final quarter of the year. Three months left to make the most out of current money to build future money so we have to spend less time to earn money. If you’re still with me after that statement, lets move on to my results of September. As you know I try to balance out my months to get an even distribution of dividends every month. Despite my best efforts, the third month is always the highest in total. Not that I’m complaining or anything 🙂

TickerAmount (€)
INTC1.88
AFL7.42
ADM18.12
PFE13.60
UPS5.81
IBM11.68
UN13.96
3M12.62
WBA9.72
PRU14.97
ORI12.34
O3.84
ED7.13
VFC2.07
UNH3.64
QCOM8.98
JNJ2.18
CWEN0.45
WKL6.79
Total€157.20
September report

No less then 19 companies payed me this month, including newcomers WKL and CWEN. A total of €157,20 was deposited into my account, which is the second highest amount I’ve ever received. Beaten only my September 2019 due to a special dividend.

And onto the visuals:

And working towards my goal for 2020:

So we’re finished with month #9 and I’m at 69% of my goal for 2020. I’m still behind schedule but there is still room to get there!

September 2019€172,53
September 2020: €157,20

A decrease you say? How is that possible? It’s quite simple, last year I received my first (and so far only) special dividend from ORI. Well due to the drop in value from different financials like ORI there will be no special dividend this year, but thankfully the dividend has not been cut. So technically this makes September 2020 the best month ever in dividend received!

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the results of this month and ofcourse on your own results. Please let me know in the comments!

Investing

These are my buys for Q2 and Q3 2020

Welcome my fellow investors! It’s been a while since I last posted my buys, so here we go for a short and sweet post about my activity during the second and third quarter of this year!

Date Company # Shares Price
4-5-2020 AFL 10 $35,72
4-5-2020 ADM 10 $34,77
4-5-2020 WBA 4 $42,41
3-6-2020 LEG 10 $35,34
3-6-2020 FDX 2 $138,15
3-6-2020 OHI 6 $33,15
6-7-2020 IRM 12 $26,34
6-7-2020 T 8 $30,32
6-7-2020 ED 5 $73,90
6-7-2020 AFL 1 $35,92
18-8-2020 WKL 8 € 70,22
18-8-2020 CSCO 6 $42,24
25-8-2020 WKL 9 € 71,04
27-8-2020 CWEN 2 $25,94
25-9-2020 UNA 10 € 50,70
25-9-2020 ADP 2 $129,23
25-9-2020 CWEN 3 $24,12

My more avid readers will spot the two new companies immediately: WKL & CWEN! One Dutch dividend “aristocrat” and a somewhat more volatile/speculative dividend stock since its all about the green stuff! Energy that is, not marihuana :).

Wolters Kluwer: “Wolters Kluwer is a Europe-listed global information services company. It operates across four distinct business segments serving a wide array of clients: health (26% of 2019 sales), tax and accounting (31%), legal and regulatory (23%), and governance, risk, and compliance (20%). Within these divisions, Wolters aims to be the industry leader in a variety of niche, higher-value services.”

Clearway Energy: “Clearway Energy, Inc. is a leading publicly-traded energy infrastructure investor focused on modern, sustainable and long-term contracted assets across North America. Clearway Energy’s environmentally-sound asset portfolio includes over 7,000 megawatts of wind, solar and natural gas-fired power generation facilities, as well as district energy systems. Through this diversified and contracted portfolio, Clearway Energy endeavors to provide its investors with stable and growing dividend income.”

With all these buys my new annual forward income has risen to €1394,- (euro, post-tax). Come to think of it, that means that I added about €38,- in additional forward income in 6 months. Thats actually not that much given the money invested but I (mostly) have the dollar/euro conversion rate to thank for that and two dividend cuts (DIS and SPG).

Oh well it still means that I’m averaging more then €116,- per month!