Saturday, February 13, 2016

Monthly Update: January 2016

The markets started the new year with a blast. There are a lot of worries about China and other developing economies, talks about global recession and whatnot. Since I am planning to buy a house in the near future my deposits are and will continue to remain zero. However I do still receive dividends which in time can be used to invest. In the table below I have shown some benchmark indicators of general market indices and my own dividend growth portfolio. It wasn't really a good month, but hey.

Indicator
As of 31-12As of 31-1% change
S&P 500 Total Return3.8223631,96-5,0%
Dow Jones Industrials Total Return35.72633.802-5,4%
AEX GR1.3281.297-2,4%
USD.EUR0,92080,9174-0,4%
Portfolio value€ 22.570 € 21.694 -3,9%

However, since I am in it for the long haul I am not too interested in these daily or monthly fluctuations. What matters is that I keep focused on buying high quality companies which provide me with a steady stream of growing dividends.

Purchases
None.

Dividends received
Four separate companies paid me dividends during this month.
  • WMT: 20 shares @ $0.49 for a total of $9.80
  • BAX: 22 shares @ $0.115 for a total of $2.53
  • BXLT: 22 shares @ $0.07 for a total of $1.54
  • PM: 17 shares @ $1.02 for a total of $17.34
Total: around €24 after tax, which is almost slightly lower than last year due to the dividend reduction of the combination BAX/BXLT. However, I did sell another (covered) TGH call which netted me €30. So total income including option premium is €54.

Dividend increases or decreases during this month
None.

Yearly forward dividend
My 12-month forward dividend rate is now €920, compared to €940 last month. Nothing changed except the EUR.USD rate.

Seeking Alpha articles
None.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Monthly Update: December 2015

So 2015 has come to an end. I'll write a post about the progress I made in the past year but for now I just want to present my dividend income for the month of December. In the table below I have shown some benchmark indicators of general market indices and my own dividend growth portfolio. It wasn't really a good month, and there's hardly any improvement in the new year.

Indicator
As of 30-11As of 31-12% change
S&P 500 Total Return3.8833821,6-1,6%
Dow Jones Industrials Total Return36.27735.726-1,5%
AEX GR1.4121.328-5,9%
USD.EUR0,94440,9208-2,5%
Portfolio value€ 23.982 € 22.570 -5,9%

However, since I am in it for the long haul I am not too interested in these daily or monthly fluctuations. What matters is that I keep focused on buying high quality companies which provide me with a steady stream of growing dividends.

Purchases
None.

Dividends received
Nine separate companies paid me dividends during this month.
  • KO: 37 shares @ $0.33 for a total of $12.21
  • INTC: 63 shares @ $0.24 for a total of $15.12
  • AFL: 28 shares @ $0.41 for a total of $11.48
  • IBM: 7 shares @ $1.30 for a total of $9.10
  • XOM: 17 shares @ $0.73 for a total of $12.41
  • UNP: 15 shares @ $0.55 for a total of $8.25
  • TGH: 100 shares @ 0.24 for a total of $24.00
  • RDS: 98 shares @ $0.47 for a total of $46.06 (DRIP 1 share)
  • UNA: 37 shares @ €0.30 for a total of €11.17
Total: around €129 after tax, which is almost 60% higher than last year in December. It's (almost) my highest monthly income ever, so definitely a solid month in terms of income!

Dividend increases or decreases during this month
Still contemplating my positions in KMI and TGH.

Yearly forward dividend
My 12-month forward dividend rate is now €940, compared to €940 last month. Nothing changed.

Seeking Alpha articles
None.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Monthly Update: November 2015

A bit overdue but I still need to present my dividend income for the month of November. In the table below I have presented some benchmark indicators of general market indices and my own dividend growth portfolio.


Indicator
As of 31-10As of 30-11% change
S&P 500 Total Return3.8713.883+0,3%
Dow Jones Industrials Total Return36.02336.277+0,7%
AEX GR1.3861.412+1,9%
USD.EUR0,90790,9444+4,0%
Portfolio value€ 23.787 € 23.982 +0,8%

However, since I am in it for the long haul I am not too interested in these daily or monthly fluctuations. What matters is that I keep focused on buying high quality companies which provide me with a steady stream of growing dividends.

Purchases
None.

Dividends received
Nine separate companies paid me dividends during this month.
  • DE: 18 shares @ $0.60 for a total of $10.80
  • KMI: 48 shares @ $0.51 for a total of $24.48
  • OHI: 59 shares @ $0.56 for a total of $33.04
Total: around €54 after tax, which is 26% higher than last year.

Dividend increases or decreases during this month
I have two companies in my portfolio that significantly reduced their quarterly dividend payments in recent history: Textainer and Kinder Morgan. The dividend from TGH will be reduced starting with the payment in December. The dividend payment from KMI this month was a "normal" one, however the next payment somewhere in February will be much smaller. I am contemplating what to do with these positions.

Yearly forward dividend
My 12-month forward dividend rate is now €940, compared to €1031 last month. I took a big hit in income due to the dividend from KMI.

Seeking Alpha articles
None.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Monthly Update: October 2015

A bit overdue but I still need to present my dividend income for the month of October. In the table below I have presented some benchmark indicators of general market indices and my own dividend growth portfolio.

IndicatorAs of 30-9As of 31-10% change
S&P 500 Total Return3.5703.871+8,4%
Dow Jones Industrials Total Return33.17236.023+8,6%
AEX GR1.2611.386+9,9%
USD.EUR0,89530,9079+1,4%
Portfolio value€ 21.951 € 23.787 +8,4%

However, since I am in it for the long haul I am not too interested in these daily or monthly fluctuations. What matters is that I keep focused on buying high quality companies which provide me with a steady stream of growing dividends.

Purchases
None.

Dividends received
Nine separate companies paid me dividends during this month.
  • KO: 37 shares @ $0.33 for a total of $12.21
  • BAX: 22 shares @ $0.115 for a total of $2.53
  • BXLT: 22 shares @ $0.07 for a total of $1.54
  • PM: 17 shares @ $1.02 for a total of $17.34
  • I earned $37.70 in option premiums because I sold a covered call.
Total: around €62 after tax.

Dividend increases during this month
PM raised their dividends from a quarterly payment of $1.00 to $1.02.

Yearly forward dividend
My 12-month forward dividend rate is now €1031, compared to €1038 last month. I took a big hit in income due to a dividend cut from TGH. The dollar appreciated in value against the euro so that kind of offset the dividend cut from TGH.

Seeking Alpha articles
I wrote two articles for Seeking Alpha:

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Monthly Update: September 2015

It's that time of the month again! A few days late but here's my monthly update for September. In general markets lost a little bit, which is not really a big deal. Especially considering the big drop from last month. There is still a lot of volatility in the market. In the table below I have presented some benchmark indicators of general market indices and my own dividend growth portfolio.

IndicatorAs of 31-8As of 30-9% change
S&P 500 Total Return3.6613.570-2,5%
Dow Jones Industrials Total Return33.62733.172-1,4%
AEX GR1.3171.261-4,2%
USD.EUR0,89090,89530,5%
Portfolio value€ 21.906 € 21.351 -2,5%

However, since I am in it for the long haul I am not too interested in these daily or monthly fluctuations. What matters is that I keep focused on buying high quality companies which provide me with a steady stream of growing dividends.

Purchases
I deposited €600 and topped of my position in TGH. You can read about it here. After that I wrote a covered call option on my position in TGH.

Dividends received
Nine separate companies paid me dividends during this month.
  • INTC: 63 shares @ $0.24 for a total of $15.12
  • AFL: 28 shares @ $0.39 for a total of $10.92
  • IBM: 7 shares @ $1.30 for a total of $9.10
  • WMT: 20 shares @ $0.49 for a total of $9.80
  • XOM: 17 shares @ $0.73 for a total of $12.41
  • UNP: 15 shares @ $0.55 for a total of $8.25
  • BBL: 28 shares @ $1.24 for a total of $34.72
  • RDS: 97 shares @ $0.47 for a total of $45.59 (DRIP 1 share)
  • UNA: 37 shares @ €0.30 for a total of €11.17
Total: around €124 after tax which is about 50% more than last year in September. It's the second time that I crossed the 100 euros per month threshold. That's looking good!

Dividend increases during this month
None

Yearly forward dividend
My 12-month forward dividend rate is now €1038, compared to €950 last month. I finally surpassed the€1000 dividend income per year milestone. My extra shares in TGH made the difference. Let's see how long it takes before I get to the next thousand milestone!

Seeking Alpha articles
I wrote one article for Seeking Alpha. It's called: Textainer: Dividend Seems Safe But Investors Need Courage and got some good reviews.