Thursday, September 1, 2016

Dividend income - August 2016

August was a great month!
It's not an all time record, but I'm very satisfied nonetheless.

T - $23.52
PG - $8.70
OHI - $28.20
CAT - $9.24
ABT - $3.90
BA - $8.72

Total August (gross): $82.28

Comparison with last year
August 2016: $82.28
August 2015: $59.11

This is a 39.2% YoY increase!

There were no recent dividend increases for my portfolio unfortunately.

How was your August?

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dividend income & raise July 2016

In contrary to June, July is a slow month. Not many companies pay their dividends.
Despite that, it was a good month compared to last year!

Dividend income

KO $14.70
GE $9.20
CSCO $5.46
F $6.75
BA $10.35

Total July: $46.46 (pre tax)
Net received: $39.49

Comparison with last year (gross)
July 2015: $22.73
July 2016: $46.46

This is a 204% YoY increase. I think I'm in love with this compounding strategy! It's amazing to see these results in just 12 months of steady investing.

Dividend raises

On July 14th, OHI increaseed their quarterly dividend from $0.58 to $0.60.
This is a 3.45% increase. Due to this change, my YOC is now at 7.17%.

That makes OHI my first position that is reaching the 10% YOC. Reaching 10% in 10 years is great, but if the company keeps raising dividends at this pace, we will reach 10% YOC in just 5 years!

Update on goals
My goal is to receive $750 in net dividends in 2016.
Time flies, as 2016 is already over for 58%. Only 5 months remain!

Net dividends received so far: $339.73, while it should have been $435.
I'm way behind and I'm a little bit concerned about this goal, but I will keep investing as good as I possibly can.

How was your July?

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Recent sell - CAT

Today I sold my position in CAT.

One reason for this is the disappointing Q2 earnings report, which went public last Tuesday.
EPS down to $0.93, from $1.31 last year. Despite the bad news, the share price was very close to hitting the 52-week top value of $84.29.

Of course, bad news could also be a reason to buy more.
In this case however, the outlook for CAT does not look promising at all to me. Growth in China is halting and commodities are low. The company basically struggles with all their sectors.

Let's see what happened during my time as a shareholder of CAT.

08/09/15 - Bought 12 shares at $73.75 for $885.00
11/01/15 - Received $9.24 in dividends
02/01/16 - Received $9.24 in dividends
05/01/16 - Received $9.24 in dividends
08/01/16 - Yet to receive $9.24 in dividends
07/28/16 - Sold 12 shares at $83.45 for $1001.40
Net profit: $153.36 (17%)

Any thoughts?
Are you concerned about CAT's nearby future as well?

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dividend income & raise - June 2016

June was a great month, despite Great Brittain choosing to leave the EU.
As a matter of fact, the portfolio achieved its alltime high dividend income!
Hopefully my first 3 digit income, soon. :)

Here's the breakdown.

Dividend income

JNJ $12.80
TGT $15.68
AFL $7.79
MCD $4.45
CVX $10.70
TROW $6.48
QCOM $7.42
WFC $6.46
ADM $6.90
UNP $4.40

Total June: $89.58 (pre tax)
Net received: $76.14

Comparison with last year (gross)
June 2015: $54.02
June 2016: $89.58

This is a 66% YoY increase. Once again, I'm very happy with this progress!

Dividend raises

On June 8th, TGT increased their quarterly dividend from $0.56 to $0.60.
This is a 7.14% increase. Due to this change, my YOC is now at 4.09%.

Update on goals
My goal is to receive $750 net dividends in 2016.
With the first half year already in the books, I'm afraid I am behind on schedule..
Net dividends received so far: $300.24, while it should have been $375.

Due to a recent car accident, I had to buy another (used) car.
Good news however: the accident did not harm me in any way.
I'm very happy to be alive, as it was an accident at the highway due to aquaplaning.

Bad news: it was an old car, so my own costs to replace it, are not insured. That's why I have to refill my emergency funds, lowering the amount I could invest for the next 10~11 months.
But after all, that's just money and my health is a lot more important than that!

How was your June? Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Recent sales and (not so) recent buy

Recently, I haven't been very active at the blog.
However, I did make some transactions!

In the USA and Canada your portfolio is protected by the SIPC and the CIPF, in case your broker goes broke. In The Netherlands, we do not have such a fund available, unfortunately.

This is the reason why I'm setting up another account, at a second broker. Just for safety reasons.
This broker required me to deposit a fairly large amount of money, so these sales are related to that fact.

Another reason for selling these stocks, is to reduce my stake in them.

Recent sell - WMT
At 5/20 I sold 8 shares of WMT for $70.10 a piece

10/26/2015 bought 13 shares for $58.29
2016 Dividends received - $11.92
5/20/2016 sold 8 shares for $70.10
Total profit $106.40

Recent sell - MCD
At 5/19 I sold 6 shares of MCD for $124.99 a piece

8/25/2014 bought 11 shares for $94.77
2014 Dividends received - $5.10
2015 Dividends received - $20.64
2016 Dividends received - $5.34
5/19/2016 sold 6 shares for $124.99
Total profit $212.14  

Recent buy - UNP
At 4/1 I bought 8 shares of UNP for $78.82 a piece

This railroad giant was on sale.

Besides that, you can't ignore a 25% average growth over the past 5 years, combined with a reasonable 2.5% yield and an aveage payout ratio of 41%.

Did you buy any stocks?
Seems to me, people are not investing at the moment!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Dividend income - May 2016

May was a great month! I love posting messages like these.

T - $23.52
PG - $8.70
OHI - $26.10
CAT - $9.24
ABT - $3.90

Total May (gross): $71.46

Comparison with last year
May 2016: $71.46
May 2015: $22.56

This is a 317% YoY increase.
Looks like this strategy is working out quite well!

How was your May?

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dividend income & raises, April 2016

April was another great month for me!

Dividend income

KO $14.70
WMT $6.50
GE $9.20
CSCO $5.46

Total April: $35.86 (pre tax)
Net received: $30.48

Comparison with last year (gross)
April 2015: $13.53
April 2016: $35.86

This is a 265% YoY increase. That's the power of steady investing, combined with the power of compounding. Great to see the total amount received getting more than doubled!

Dividend raises

On Arpil 14th, OHI increaseed their quarterly dividend from $0.57 to $0.58.
This is a 1.80% increase. Due to this change, my YOC is now at 6.93%.

On Arpil 28th, JNJ increaseed their quarterly dividend from $0.75 to $0.80.
This is a 6.67% increase. Due to this change, my YOC is now at 3.12%.

Update on goals
My goal is to receive $750 in net dividends in 2016.
One third of this year is already over! Can you imagine? Time flies!

Net dividends received so far: $163.35, while it should have been $250.
Looks like there is lots of work to do. Fortunately, I should receive a bonus which will be partially used to purchase some new stocks, this month.

Stay tuned!

How was your April?

Thanks for reading!