August 2018 Dividend Report

(*8/9/2018: Thanks to Dividend Daze who pointed out I had overwritten my July month in my graph, I realised that also my YTD and total overall are wrong so I updated them as well as the graph. Even more positive now! :))

Aaaaaand another month gone! Poof, just like that. I find myself sounding like a broken record but the months are flying by at mach 3.

I celebrated my birthday the past weekend and am officially closer to 40 then 30. Not that it bothers me in the least but with the birthday money I can buy some additional stocks 🙂

The sharp observers among you may have noticed that there was no monthly buy post in August. In the free time I had I wasn’t able to make a choice in which stock(s) I was to purchase. So when August ran out of days I decided to make an extra-including-birthday-money-extra large buy in September.

But that’s something for another post, let’s focus on the dividends received for August and boy do I have some news for you!

No less then 7 companies payed me past month. See the breakdown below:

Date Ticker Shares Amount (€)
01/08/2018 T 31 11.28
02/08/2018 GIS 10 3.58
15/08/2018 OHI 13 6.41
15/08/2018 HRL 10 1.4
15/08/2018 ABBV 19 12.94
15/08/2018 O 23 3.78
15/08/2018 PG 8 4.3

You have read that right, a whopping €43,69 (!) has been payed out to my account. I blew completely past the €3x range and straight into the €4x range! Ofcourse this is not my new average monthly total (I wish!) but its great to see these kind of amounts hitting my account every quarter from now on. Mainly due to my two largest positions at the moment: T & ABBV.

This monster haul is my largest ever!

So this means my progress so far this year is still coming along nicely (check out the new scaling!):



And so far so good on my 2018 goals:



Total dividend YTD 2018: €185,69.
Total dividend received ever: €274,84.

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

August 2017: €12,26.
August 2018: €43,69.

Thats another amazing increase of 356,36% compared to last year! 

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


Working on myself: A story of two wolves

So I’ve been working on myself lately. In other blogs of mine or comments on your blogs I’ve mentioned that I don’t react to change very well. Like not at all. Be it something I changed myself or that circumstances changed for me, I don’t handle it well. I’ve been known to criple myself mentally by focussing on all the negative aspects of said change.

Which means that I keep envisioning negative things and as a results my outlook becomes more negative. A vicious cycle that only spirals downward and that my friends, doesn’t help anyone. I know and realise this but I find it really difficult to snap out of it.

I’ve been discussing this with my brother (from another mother since I’m an only child 🙂 ) and he pointed me towards a beautiful parable which hit home pretty hard. It just makes a lot of sense to me personally. Maybe someone reading this who is facing similar issues can find something within it. I know it did for me:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

This simple story really made sense to me. And lets face it change is the only constant in life. You can’t become better if you don’t change from the person you are now to the person who you are meant (or want) to be. A change in your circumstances does not equate something negative. We need to embrace change as an inherently good thing, even if thats does not seem apparant at first. Feed the right wolf my friends.

Thank you for your time reading this and I hope it is of some use to you as it was to me.

(credit to where I read it first: here)
(credit photo: Unknown, found it on here.
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July 2018 Dividend Report

So after completing my buying spree last month I took some well deserved time off the grid. Well not completely off but far removed 🙂 After being back in the office for a week I really needed to readjust back into the groove. Although I love my job, it hit me again that it would be fantastic to truely be a master of your own time. Oh well, only thing I can do is do my utmost best to create my own future. For myself and for my family.

Cool thing about being a DGI investor is that you get paid for doing nothing! I estimated that I would earn about €1,- a day during my vacation totalling €21,-. Let’s see how well I estimated this.

A total of 8 companies payed me this month:

Date Ticker Shares Amount (€)
03/07/2018 PPL 23 6.87
03/07/2018 PEP 5 3.37
04/07/2018 KMB 5 3.64
13/07/2018 HASI 15 3.59
16/07/2018 O 23 3.67
17/07/2018 CAH 5 1.73
26/07/20148 CSCO 10 2.4
27/07/2018 DIS 2 1.22

So this means I actually earned about 17,94 during my vacation. Not too shabby! For the sharp observer you can also notice that this €26,49 is my new alltime dividend record!

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


And so far so good on my 2018 goals:


Total dividend YTD 2018: €142.
Total dividend received ever: €230,79.

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

July 2017: €6,55.
July 2018: €26,49.

Thats another amazing increase of 404,43% compared to last year! 

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


These are my buys for July 2018 + Milestone reached!

Ah yes, a short and sweet post. I only posted my June results in the previous month and nothing more. I did however make a few buys last month and commented on a few of your blogs when I felt like it. For example on Engineering Dividends after being mentioned in his poem. I mean how often do you get to be in someone’s poem right? I also visited Tom over at Dividends Diversify, as he always has some great content there.

The reason for this “inactivity ” is simple: Vacation.

I’ve spent the last few weeks in the beautiful southern of France.

But right before I left I made some nice buys. Since this is a short and sweet post I won’t add the rationale this time, but be free to ask in the comments and I will happily explain my thoughts on the matter.

In total I added:

11/07/2018: 6 shares of AbbVie (ABBV) @ $95,24 adding $23,04 in forward income.

13/07/2018: 18 shares Pfizer (PFE) @ $37,25 adding $24,48 in forward income.

16/07/2018: 16 shares Iron Mountain (IRM) @ $36,50 adding $37,568 in forward income.

In total I added ($85,088-15%) $72,32 of forward income (post-tax) crossing the infamous $500 dollar threshold! I added 16,6% of forward income, completing the challenge set by BuyHoldLong.

So there you have it guys and gals, my new total forward income is now $435.78 +$72,32 = $508,10!

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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!