Saturday, September 12, 2015

Monthly Update: August 2015

It's that time of the month again! I guess last month wasn't kind to my portfolio but honestly I wasn't all that bothered. I was mostly frustrated by the fact that I did not have any real liquidity on hand to take advantage of some of the low stock prices. I kind of need to save a bit extra to fund my (possible) future home purchase (and consequently the costs of selling our current apartment).

After the big losses in earlier in June, followed by a small recovery in July, my portfolio really suffered this month. In the table below I have presented some benchmark indicators of general market indices and my own dividend growth portfolio.

August 2015
IndicatorAs of 31-7As of 31-8% change
S&P 500 Total Return3.8963.661-6,0%
Dow Jones Industrials Total Return35.84833.627-6,2%
AEX GR1.4721.317-10,5%
Portfolio value€ 24.074 € 21.906 -9,0%

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.

None. Looking forward to deposit some money later this month and possibly invest it at the end of the month.

Dividends received

Four separate companies paid me dividends during this month.
  • DE: 18 shares @ $0.60 for a total of $10.80
  • KMI 48 shares @ $0.49 for a total of $23.52
  • OHI: 59 shares @ $0.55 for a total of $32.45
  • TGH: 43 shares @ $0.47 for a total of $20.21

Total: around €70 after tax which is about 27% more than last year in August. 
That's looking good! And next month is looking even better!

Dividend increases
None. But the combination of Baxter and Baxalta decreased its dividends from $0.52 to $0.12 (BAX) and $0.07 (BXLT). For now I will keep both companies and see what the effects are of the spin-off.

Yearly forward dividend
My 12-month forward dividend rate is now €950, compared to €985 last month. This is due to dividend decrease from Baxter. Let's see if I can break the €1000 dividend income per year milestone with my next purchase.

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How was your month? What are your plans for the coming month? Which companies are you looking at to add to your portfolio?

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