Dividend Received · Investing

June 2018 Dividend Report

And BOOM, it’s july! Summer is really upon us as the temperature keeps rising and vacation time is around the corner. This year its going to be even more awesome when I realise that during my vacation I’ll earn €1,- a day when I’m on my holiday having fun!

Although we’re really looking forward to a well deserved vacation, its not our time yet. So here are the numbers for June. Alas no personal record for me this month (Solid second highest ever though!), but I’m still excited about the growth as you’ll see later in the post.

Date Ticker Shares Amount (€)
01/06/2018 INTC 8 2.23
01/06/2018 PFE 9 1.74
06/06/2018 UN 10 3.96
08/06/2018 ADM 18 4.34
12/06/2018 IBM 2 2.27
17/06/2018 O 23 3.69
19/06/2018 VFC 6 2.02
21/06/2018 QCOM 6 2.72
€ 22,97

So this means my progress so far this year is coming along nicely:


And so far so good on my 2018 goals:


We crossed the half year mark and I’m ahead of schedule on my 2018 dividend total!

Total dividend YTD 2018: €115,51 (which is almost €30 more then our 2017 total!)
Total dividend received ever: €204,30.

And now….the big moment, my YoY-comparison!

June 2017: 2,72
June 2018: €22,97

Thats another amazing increase of 844,49% compared to last year! 

How about you my dear readers / fellow bloggers, how was your June?


This is my (second) extra-large buy for June 2018

As I have hinted with the title of my previous blogpost, I also made a second buy this month. After recieving our holiday allowance in May we received our tax refund in June.

Out of the blue Mrs. Robot said: “Well, since our tax refund is in how about you spend €2000,- on our stock portfolio and we save the rest.” I totally did not see that one coming, but I love it none the less. Talk about another kicker to our portfolio! 🙂


So I immediately transferred half of that amount to our brokerage account (so she didn’t have time to reconsider), ready to deploy that capital! And it didn’t take me long to decide where to put that money.


P/E (<20) 23,44
Yield (>2%) 4,13%
Payout Ratio (<75%) 49,2%
Increases (>= 5 year) Aristocrat: 45 years
3-year DGR (>5%) 15,5% (couldn’t find the 5 year version)
EPS (>0) $3,97
Valuation (<=10% > 52wk low) 25,44%

Seeing my above screener I realise that this stock defintely did not hit all my preferred metrics. But I have no issues with paying somewhat of a premium for this company. I intiated a position by buying 12 shares of AbbVie @ $93,05.

This new addition to my stock portfolio increases my forward income (with 12 x $3.84 – 15% = $39,17) from $396,74 to $435.78! 

I’ve got the $500 mark in my crosshairs!




This is my (first) extra-large buy for June 2018

It’s june and that means it is time for a new stock buy. The market has seen some volatility lately which made for some interesting opportunities.  After dropping a few hints here and there on your blogs (and on this one!) I finally entered the Utilities sector, BIG TIME. At least in a big way for me.

In the Netherlands your May paycheck also includes your holiday allowance. After some discussion with Mrs. Bot we decided to double the amount of capital to deploy this month. Awesome! Mrs. Bot is really getting on board with this whole DGI stock market thing so that bodes well for the future.

So what did I buy you ask? Well let me show you!

On 4/6/2018 I bought my first utility stock, PPL Corporation. I initated a position with 22 shares @ $27,-. As per usual the price immediately dropped afterwards with about $2. I really need to find out why this keeps happening 🙂


P/E (<20) 15,88
Yield (>2%) 6,07%
Payout Ratio (<75%) 93,82%
Increases (>= 5 year) 6 years
5-year DGR (>5%) 1,6%
EPS (>0) $1,70
Valuation (<=10% > 52wk low) 6,30%

I’m not expecting large dividend increases in the near future, but the 6,07% dividend yield makes up for that. ITs prt of my DGI strategy of mixing up high yielders with low growth and low yielders with high growth,


Yes there actually is more, so here is what I bought next: On 06/06 I initiated a position in Consolidated Edison. I bought 8 shares @ $72,82.


  Consolidated Edison
P/E (<20) 14,45
Yield (>2%) 3,92%
Payout Ratio (<75%) 67,1%
Increases (>= 5 year) Aristocrat: 43 years
5-year DGR (>5%) 2,7%
EPS (>0) $5,04
Valuation (<=10% > 52wk low) 2,33%

And then I still wasn’t finished buying as PPL dropped in price I was able to snag an additional share @ $25,80 lowering my costbase a fraction. 🙂

So with these buys I made some nice progress on my forward income:

8 shares ED provides me with a yearly dividend of $22,88 -15% Taxes) = $19,45.
23 shares PPL provides me with a yearly dividend of $37,72 – 15% (taxes) = $32,06.

Together with my last buy and another 0,2% dividend increase from Realty Income Coporation (O) this makes my new forward income a grand total of $396,74!



Dividend Received · Investing

May 2018 Dividend Report

And we’re in June! Is it just me or is this year going faster and faster by the minute? I’m still really excited with my personal record of last month and the fact that I could do an extra-large buy adding even more fuel to my FIRE 🙂

So ladies and gentleman of the jury, I present you my May results! No less then 6 different companies payed me last month:

Date Ticker Shares Amount (€)
01/05/2018 GIS 10 3,46
01/05/2018 T 31 7,45
15/05/2018 OHI 13 6,15
16/05/2018 HRL 10 1,35
16/05/2018 O 23 3,62
16/05/2018 PG 8 4,11

Yes my preciousssssss………another personal record (two times in a row)!

<*> insert happy dance here</*>

My year to date graph looks like this:


This brings me that much closer to my 2018 goal:


Still on track for the 2018 goals!

Total dividend YTD: €92,54
Total dividend received ever: €181,33

And now….the big moment, my third YoY-comparison!

May 2017: €12,23
May 2018: €26,14

Thats another amazing increase of 113,74% compared to last year! 

How about you my dear readers / fellow bloggers, how was your May?


This is my (extra-large) buy for May 2018

So first off, let me say thank you to all the people commenting on my own small space on the big interweb. It amazes me that in the past year I’ve (virtually) met people from all over the world who share a common goal. To create a better life for themselves and their loved ones.

As some of you have already seen on other blogs I frequent, I’ve made not one, not two but no less then three buys this month! Next to my regular monthly contributions of €500,- I received a bonus from my employer. Part of the perks of my new job since last September was an annual bonus from the company. Unfortunately I didn’t get the complete bonus since when the year ended I had only been at the company for 4 months, but still it gave me an additional €700,- to spend on behalf to my portfolio.

So I decided to put my money to work and made the following buys:


On 02/05/2018 I added 12 shares of Unilever @ €46,47.

P/E (<20) 21,71 (slightly higher then I normally want)
Yield (>2%) 3,32%
Payout Ratio (<75%) 64.91%
Increases (>= 5 year) 2 years (varied through the years)
5-year DGR (>5%) Fluctuated a lot
EPS (>0) 1,55
Valuation (<=10% > 52wk low) 10,78%

As you can see the financials are not as optimal as I want them to be, but since it’s a Dutch-British company it balanced my portfolio better against my majority of US stocks. With the ex-dividend date a day later it also allowed me to snag their dividens three times this year. Lastly we have and use a lot (!) of their products. Think shampoo, conditioner, soap, creme and ofcourse everyone’s favourite (except my wife’s) PEANUTBUTTER! 🙂

My second buy happened a day later when I saw a dividend aristocrat hit their 52-week lows and boy I wasn’t the only one who noticed.


I added 5 shares of this world famous company @ $97.

P/E (<20) 28,61 (higher then I normally want)
Yield (>2%) 3,82%
Payout Ratio (<75%) 65,2%
Increases (>= 5 year) Aristocrat: 45 years
5-year DGR (>5%) 8,7%
EPS (>0) $3,39
Valuation (<=10% > 52wk low) 1,10%

And on the same day I splurged some more and added to an existing postion.


Since the price dropped a lot since I added to my existing postion last november and is even further removed from the price when I initiated ($41,75 :() in this titan of industry, But with the yield spilling over the 6% mark, I added another 10 shares @ $31,90.

So with all three above purchases AND a 4% dividend increase from IBM my 12-month forward income rises from $298,04 to $345,31. So I didn’t just cross the $300 mark but I’m already halfway to the $400 mark!

The snowball is rolling ladies and gentleman!

Dividend Received · Investing

April 2018 Dividend Report

Can you believe it? Another month has passed and it is already time for my new dividend report. It’s also the second time I’m able to report a YoY-comparison so I’m also pretty curious to see if I can top the previous month growth numbers which were a staggering 891,9%. (statistically impossible but who knows?!?)

My total for April 2017 was: €11,23. A pretty high number for my second ever dividends received but that is due to the dutch Ahold Delhaize stock which pays out annuallyin April.

Without further delay, here are the nitty gritty details:

Date Ticker Shares Amount (€)
13/04/2018 HASI 15 3.41
13/04/2018 O 23 3.74
16/04/2018 CAH 5 1.58
25/04/2018 CSCO 10 2.30
26/04/2018 AMS:AH 18 9.67

Yes! A total of €20,70 (after taxes) of free money was deposited into my account. The highest dividend I have ever received. This covers my internet / tv / telephone bill for about two thirds!

My year to date graph looks like this:


This brings me that much closer to my 2018 goal:


Still on track for the 2018 goals!

Total dividend YTD: €66,40
Total dividend received ever: €155,19

And now….the big moment, my second YoY-comparison!

April 2017: €11,23
April 2018: €20,70

A whopping 84,3% increase compared to last year! That just awesome!

How about you my dear readers / fellow bloggers, how was your April?

Dividend Increases · Investing

Dividend increases April 2018 (QCOM, O)


Qualcomm (QCOM) declares $0.62/share quarterly dividend, 8.8% increase from prior dividend of $0.57. Forward yield 4.53% Payable June 20; for shareholders of record May 30; ex-div May 29.  With my 6 shares this equals a raise of $0,255.


Realty Income (O) increased their monthly dividend yet another time by a tiny bit from $0.219 to $0.2195 per share. With my 23  shares this equals a mini-raise of  $0,009 so its not even a cent. 🙂

So my new total forward income is now $298,04 (with the current Euro/USD conversion rate and after taxes).