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%
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.

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

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.

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