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January 2020 Dividend Report

So I hope everybody had an amazing start of the year! It’s been incredibly busy at work and with Lil’Bot and BabyBot growing like cabbage (translated that from a Dutch saying) we never have a dull (or quiet :)) moment.

Thankfully my portfolio is doing the work for me, so let’s look at last months results. The first month of the quarter is my lowest, followed by the second month and the third one’s the charm as they say.

Ticker Amount (€)
PPL 7.22
IRM 22.56
KMB 3.92
PEP 3.65
HASI 3.84
LEG 9.13
CAH 9.52
O 3.98
CSCO 11.51
FDX 2.47
DIS 1.34
Total €79.14

That is looking mighty fine, but the visuals show my progress in the last three years better than any words could:


And it a nice start towards my 2020 goal of €1500,- in received dividends.


January 2019: €51,25
January 2020: €79,14

A solid 54% growth compared to last January. 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 of your own results. Please let me know in the comments!

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December 2019 dividendreport + 2019 year review

I’ve been lagging in regular updates and I’m hoping that 2020 will resolve that (starting February I promise! :)). Without further delay, here are my awesome results for December 2019:

Ticker Amount (€)
INTC 1.93
PFE 11.03
UPS 5.88
IBM 12.40
UN 14.04
ADM 16.02
3M 13.18
WBA 8.72
PRU 12.2
ORI 10.2
O 3.98
ED 4.50
VFC 2.20
UNH 3.28
QCOM 8.99
Total €128.55

A grand total of €128.55 provided me with my second best result since starting this DGI journey. Here are my visuals, next month results will start my fourth year! 🙂


December 2018: €40,78.
December 2019: €128,55.

These results present a growth of about 215%, still going strong with the triple digit growth. Granted, in this stage of accumulation this is fairly easy attained.  As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax.


So what were my goals for 2019?

  1. Receive €650,- in dividends: Nailed it! With a total of €1007,29 I can really say I smashed this one. I need to to set more ambitious goals!
  2. Increase dividend portfolio to €28.500: I almost crossed the €40k mark at the end of 2019. I’ll probably remove such a goal for 2020 as total worth is not what is most important.
  3. Increase forward income to €1000: My current forward income stands at €1230 so made tremendous progress in this department (this is in euros en post-tax). I’ll be sure to make a buy report of my last quarter since I still made my monthly buys. The snow ball is running faster since I’ll average an additional €100 in dividens a month to invest back onto my portfolio.
  4. Write a healthy amout of 40 blogposts: Thats a definite no, I need to up my game providing my wok-life balance allows it..
  5. Spend less time with my phone: I defintely spent less on my phone but I did not hold my self to the 30 minute limit. I need to do better in 2020.
  6. Spend more time with my family: Score! This year was a lot better than the year before even with two kids. We spent lots of days together and I make it a priority above all else (especially work!).
  7. Read 12 self-improvement books: I’ve read a lot again this year, next year I’ll keep track more on which books so I can share them with you.
  8. Exercise 2-3 times a week: I’ll give myself a pass for this one. I think I kept this up the majority of the year except when I was sick a few times. So that’s a pass 🙂

There you have it, lots of succes but also room for improvement, including the goal setting process! My goals for 2020 will be for a future post, so stay tuned.

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October + November 2019 dividend report

I’m sorry my fellow bloggers & readers but time has not been on my side. I have been swamped privately and professionally and I still make a conscious decision to put my family first, work second en blogging third. Which does not mean I do not miss my interaction with you guys and girls. I really miss being active and commenting on your blogs 😦 I hope that in the New Year I can come back to reporting regularly on my progress towards financial freedom as well as supporting you on your own journeys.

My results for October:

Ticker Amount (€)
PPL 7.37
IRM 22.72
KMB 3.99
PEP 3.71
HASI 3.87
LEG 9.2
CAH 9.59
O 4
CSCO 2.66
FDX 2.52
€ 69.63

And my resutls for November:

Ticker Amount (€)
T 19.38
GIS 3.72
CVS 10.68
TXN 6.9
ABBV 24.66
OHI 6.68
PG 4.58
HRL 1.6
O 4
€ 82.20

Still going strong and it shows in my visual report:


As I said in earlier reports I’ve already smashed my yearly goal of €650, so next year I will have to put a much more ambitious target. 🙂

Total dividend 2019: €878,74
Total dividend received ever: €1312,78

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax. I would love to hear your thoughts on your month (or mine)?

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September 2019 dividend report

I’ll get straight to the point: BEST MONTH EVER!

My results for September 2019:

Ticker Amount (€)
INTC 1.94
PFE 7.52
UPS 5.91
IBM 12.45
UN 14.05
ADM 16.11
3M 8.88
WBA 8.77
PRU 12.28
ORI 61.65
O 3.99
ED 4.53
VFC 1.98
UNH 3.32
QCOM 9.15

BOOM! Just like that my highest dividend received ever! Another milestone reached! My first ever €100+ month ever! At first I though this was solely caused by another first, a special dividend from ORI!) but upon further investigation I found that even without the special dividend I still receive over 100 on quarter endings from now on! How amazingly awesome is that!

Here are the visuals for August:


Would you look at that chart, isn’t it beautiful?

As far as my yearly goal (€650 in total dividends) is concerned, I’ve blown that one out of the water with a full quarter to spare. So I’ll defintely need to work on stretch goals now, let’s maximize that last quarter!

Total dividend 2019: €726,91
Total dividend received ever: €1160,95

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

September 2018: 35,09
August 2019: €172,53

A whoppin’ 391% increase compared to last year! Granted its a bit skewed due to the special dividend :).

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax. I would love to hear your thoughts on your month (or mine)?

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August 2019 dividend report

After coming back from vacation I noticed that my body wasn’t quite the same as when the vacation started 🙂 That’s what lots of brie cheese, French bread and Doritos will do to you. So I decided to start biking towards work.

With a 10,50 km bike ride per day I’m now at allmost 130 kilometer in the past three weeks. Measuring about 230 calories burned additionally every day and combining that with my fitness regimen of two and now three times a week I’m starting to lose the additional layers of fat! It’s all about putting in the work and eating the right kind of food together with some decent sleep. Well that last part isn’t really happening with two kids but 2/3 ain’t bad.

All the while my dividends were still rolling in like clockwork 🙂

My results for August 2019:

Ticker Amount (€)
T 19.52
GIS 3.74
CVS 7.64
TXN 5.84
ABBV 24.53
OHI 6.55
PG 4.55
HRL 1.60
O 3.98
AD 4.61

Second highest payout ever received and I am inching towards that €100 euro a month payout! Here are the visuals for August:


I need to start making stretch goals for 2019:


Total dividend 2019: €554,38
Total dividend received ever: €988,42

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

August 2018: €43,69
August 2019: €82,56

A nice 88,97% increase compared to last year!

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax. I would love to hear your thoughts on your month (or mine)?


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July 2019 dividend report

And just like that the main vacation of the year has come and gone. I’ve used my time off to spend some great quality time with my family.

It serves as a reminder that I need to keep working on my/our financial independence so I can spend even more quality time with them while also enjoying life to the fullest now.

No easy task but hey if it was easy, everybody would do it!

My results for July 2019:

Ticker Amount (€)
PPL 7.14
IRM 22.06
KMB 3.87
PEP 3.60
DIS 1.34
HASI 3.79
LEG 9.05
CAH 5.08
O 3.94
CSCO 2.66
FDX 2.45

And the visuals for July:


Total 2019 goal is about certain now :):


Total dividend 2019: €471,82
Total dividend received ever: €905,86

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

July 2018€26,49
July 2019: €64,98

A nice 145,30% increase compared to last year!

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax. I would love to hear your thoughts on your month (or mine)?

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May + June 2019 dividend report

Holy shizzles Batman, I haven’t posted anything in the month of June. Sorry my dear readers but as you might have guessed, life got in the way. I’ve been prioritising my family and my work above my blog and commenting on your blogs. To me it makes sense, hopefully for you as well otherwise you might have some re-evaluating to do.

If I look at my blog stats the dip is noticable as is the absence of some of my blogosphere companions. Its only natural I guess, no commenting on other blogs equals no comments on my blog. Quid pro Quo as discussed before.

Even though my blogpost count didn’t go higher I have been quite busy on the buying end as well, wielding massive capital lately from my tax returns, work bonus and holiday allowance. So expect to see some major improvements in my dividend income.

I will show my results of May and June together in one post so I will be back on track for my July report in August.

My results for May 2019:

Ticker Amount (€)
T 12.79
GIS 3.71
TXN 5.85
ABBV 17.03
OHI 6.5
PG 4.52
HRL 1.62
O 3.95
KBT 28.64
€ 84.61

Highest dividend income ever baby! And for a special reason -> KBT you might wonder? Well I wondered too! I had no idea what happened here only that for some reason I got payed extra! A first for me 🙂

After discussing with my broker and some online digging I noticed that VFC had spinoff their Denim business into a new standalone company Kontoor Brands. Apparantly I did not have a large enough position to earn me 1 share of KBT so I got payed an extra sum to compensate the “loss” of value of VFC. NICE! 🙂

So now the visuals for May:



Halfway to my dividend goal of the year and its only May! 🙂

And now for my June results:

Ticker Amount (€)
INTC 1.9
PFE 7.28
UN 14.22
IBM 6.07
ADM 10.59
3M 4.33
WBA 4.96
PRU 2.98
ORI 10.15
O 3.93
ED 4.47
VFC 2.28
QCOM 8.79
€ 81.95

Technically this is my highest dividend month ever since last month I received an extra payout from VFC. More than €80 a month is just awesome! This month also sees the results of additional investments and my two new positions 3M and WBA paying out for the first time bringing in almost an additional €10.

And ofcourse the visuals:



Total dividend 2019: €406,84
Total dividend received ever: €840,88

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

June 2018€22,97
April  2019: €81,95

As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax. I would love to hear your thoughts on your month (or mine)?


These are my buys for April + May 2019

So its a double whammy buy post for your reading pleasure!


I made one regular buy in April, I added a Dividend Aristocrat to my portfolio who has been on quite some radars of fellow DGI bloggers:


On the 15th of April I initiated a position with 14 shares @ $53,89.

In The Netherlands, April is the month where your employer pays your “Holiday allowance”. In my case I discussed with my wife if we should add some more fuel to our FIRE and she said yes! So that means that I could double my buying power in May (and actually I also already used my budget for June since I was on a buying a spree).

On the 8th of May I Initiated a position in another well known company, 3M. I bought 4 shares @ $179,90.


I really went on a buying spree on the 23d of May since I bought three different shares including one new  one!

I bought and expanded my position with 14 shares Legget & Platt (LEG) @ $36,97.

I bought and expanded my position with 10 shares Iron Mountain (IRM) @ $31,76.


And last but not least I opened up one new position with 10 shares of CVS @ $52,75.


BAM! There you have it, I wielded some nice capital to buy (what I  believe to be) some mighty fine investments which will provide me and my family with increasing income for many years to come (well except CVS for a while).

My new forward income is now 822,27 post-tax. Dang people, the infamous €1000 mark is in my sights!



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April 2019 dividend report

Another full month has passed and all I have to show you guys is my April dividend report. Life continues to thwart my plans (I let it though :)) with regard to more regular updates on this page. Juggling a family with two small kids and a high performance job takes a lot of energy which leaves less for this blog.

That doesn’t mean that I have been sitting on  the sidelines regarding dividends and new buys! I’ll leave the buys for my next post (I’ll combine my April and May buys) and as a teaser for that I will say that I made five buys, three of which were new positions!

Here are my results for April, no less then 10 companies payed me a dividend, including the annual from AD.

Ticker Amount (€)
PPL 7.19
IRM 17.6
KMB 3.89
PEP 3.50
AD 10.79
HASI 3.79
LEG 4.58
CAH 5.01
O 3.90
CSCO 2.65

Here are the visuals:


Working towards my goal of €650,- in received dividends this year:


Still on target after 4 months into the year.

Total dividend 2019: €240,28
Total dividend received ever: €674,32

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

April 2018€20,70
April  2019: €62,90

Thats another awesome increase of 303,86% compared to last year! As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax.

I’ll be off binge-commenting on your blogs now, I would love to hear your thoughts on your month (or mine)?


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March 2019 dividend report

Another month has passed in a flash, amazing to see how fast time goes by. Ofcourse having an extremely busy month helps too 🙂 Between juggling a family with two kids, a trip to CloudFest in Germany and stress at work it is calming to see my money working for me in the stock market.

I (well technically my advisor) completed my taxes last week and its great to see an extra amount heading our way (we always pay the full amount on our mortgage so we get back once a year). So part of that money will most likely be used to invest some extra money in the stock market and / or paying off our mortgage.

On to the results for March:

No less then 11 companies payed me this month and (spoiler alert!) it has been another record breaking month!

Ticker Amount (€)
INTC 1.88
PFE 7.26
UN 13.29
IBM 5.93
ADM 10.53
ORI 10.04
O 3.89
ED 4.44
VFC 2.29
QCOM 8.9

Un-freaking-believable! Not only did I break my previous record of 54,68; I totally skipped the €60 range and went straight into €70 territory!

Here are the visuals:


Working towards my goal of €650,- in received dividends this year:


So a quarter in the year and over a quarter of the way towards my end goal. Not too shabby if I may say so myself. 🙂

Total dividend 2019: €177,38
Total dividend received ever: €611,42

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

March 2018€17,66
March 2019: €71,45

Thats another awesome increase of 404,86% compared to last year! As always my results are converted from their base currency to euro and are post-tax.

I’ll be off binge-commenting on your blogs now, I would love to hear your thoughts on your month (or mine)?