November 2018 – Dividend

Its the end of November and time for another albeit short dividend report. Let’s see, as usual November is a slow month in the dividend department. This year even more so as I sold ONEOK this year which paid dividend in November, which leaves Apple as the sole dividend paying position in my portfolio. So a 13% drop in dividend income compared to last year. Next month the last dividend update and a final report on 2018.

The very short list :

DateStockCurrencyAmount
15-11-2018AppleEUR9,69
TotalEUR9,69

Simple steps towards financial stability, pay your bills per year

Well, a new simple step towards more financial stability, It’s only a bit harder getting started. It needs some money upfront. Let me explain. Most insurance, utility, communal taxes and so on we pay per month, but as with all businesses people like to get their money upfront. And usually they give out a discount because of that. First figure out which ones gives discounts.

Discounts vary , generally between 1 and 2 percent of the total amount. It isn’t that much, but as with all little savings, they add up quickly. As long as interest rates on savings accounts are as low as they currently are , this pays off.

All it takes is a start. So most of us have a bit of a nest egg somewhere, so you can start by picking one that you can take out of your savings without making too big of a dent and paying it at once. Then you save the amount for next year every month. In the meantime you can try and save up some more and start paying an extra bill per year the next year. As long as the interest is below the discount this pays off.

It might take a year or two but once you get the ball rolling the savings can add up. And as with all savings you can use them paying off debt and or invest the money.

October 2018 – Dividend

October 2018 is almost over , time flies and so it’s time for another dividend update. A new increase, comparing with October 2017 due too the expansion of the portfolio. The exchange rate impact is something I am used to by now and the small increases in dividend payout minimize the inconvenience in the result. It’s a figure too low for me to consider hedging the currency issue.

Percentage wise the increase is pretty large, 67%. At some point as the portfolio increases this will level out more and produce a more normal percentage. For now it looks fun. With another 2 months to go this year I’m curious we’re we end up. For now the numbers :

DateStockCurrencyAmount
24-10-2018Cisco systemsEUR8,03
25-10-2018General ElectricEUR2,30
15-10-2018W.P. Carey EUR8,91
10-10-2018Vanguard FTSE All-world UCITS ETFEUR39,63
1-10-2018Coca ColaEUR5,09
1-10-2018Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETFEUR1,30
TotalEUR65,26

Portfolio news – Summer 2018

Finally after all the buying of ETF’s too balance the portfolio out in a better way, it’s now time too add a few handpicked stocks to the portfolio. Buying ETF’s isn’t anything really interesting too talk about. Hence not many portfolio updates over the last few months.

Now that everything is balanced out a bit more, I have added a few stocks to the portfolio. Europe is pretty much still lagging behind because of all the political themes , Brexit, Italian budget concerns and trade wars. Timing for me is like magic and I am not a licensed magician. So I just went down my what to buy when I have the money list and came up with a few good ones. The new positions are :

BMW

BMW is in a tight corner, diesel gate , trade wars, currency problems and the omission of a decent electric vehicle have made a considerable dent in the image of not only BMW but the whole German car industry. There is not a lot of music in the stocks , and there hasn’t been for some time.

On the other hand, every car the ensemble , sell with a pretty decent profit. Enough too get their heads around building a decent electric vehicle too get into competition with the established electric car makers. It’s a bit of a waiting game lately with all the political and economical turmoil at the moment. Surely in the short term they will hurt a bit. But with the brand still having a status symbol status and quality cars they have all the potential for being just that in the future. And in the meantime they will still be paying out dividends.

Reasons enough for me too buy BMW, just not the car itself.

Starbucks

Wish list item for a while now. Now with the funds available I finally added Starbucks to my portfolio.
Since 2010 they are paying a steady stream of dividend and their goal is growing the dividend stream.

Starbuck’s stock price has been under pressure for most of the year and is now finally seeing some upward potential. So buying in the summer has been a unexpected bonus. The position of the company is still very solid with nice growth numbers in Europe , The US part is falling behind a bit , but that’s a work in progress in getting things sorted again.

All in all one I had my eye on for some time and finally made an entry in the portfolio.

Nike

Last but not least, Nike. A lot of hustle and bustle around Kaepernick and sales figures. After having their main rival Adidas in the portfolio which had reached a very nice profit margin where the dividend percentage didn’t make sense anymore I simple sold it and banked the profit. Now it’s time to own Nike. The other power in sports and leisure branding.

And same as Adidas , not for any numbers and other boring date. Just looked at the brand and seeing lots of people still growing up with Nike as a brand people wanting too own stuff from, especially sneakers , but also other stuff. Everybody has that one pair of sneakers they wanted and saved up for. And not being able getting the other pair. In later life , they still buy these models. And every generation has them. Same with Adidas.

They still have a large following , limited edition runs, collabs and a lot of sub cultures have in some way shape or form incorporated Nike in their style.

They keep up marketing wise and make bold statements. Which still resonate with young and older crowds. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

September 2018 – Dividend

Another month gone by rather quickly, time again for the dividend update. This month has seen a new increase comparing with last year. The figure is around 43%, again mainly due to positions who are paying dividends for the first time since being in the portfolio.

Exactly the effect I am after. Let’s see how this is going to work in the future.

The numbers :

DateStockCurrencyAmount
05-09-2018UnileverEUR3,87
10-09-2018Emerson ElectricEUR4,18
13-09-2018Microsoft CorpEUR7,24
14-09-2018DowDuPont INCEUR3,28
17-09-2018Royal Dutch ShellEUR40,48
18-09-2018Icahn EnterprisesEUR1,51
TotalEUR60,56

August 2018 – Dividend

August is almost over , dividend wise for it’s over already in my case. Another great month in dividend streams. Some new positions payed dividends for the first time, which has the traditionally weak month of August catching up too the rest. Percentage wise an increase of 150% , but as already stated this has to do with the new additions to the portfolio.

The exchange rate between the Euro and the American dollar pulls it all a bit downwards. Despite of Apple increasing it’s dividend percentage it’s result is pretty much the same.

all in all a nice improvement which I can only be happy with, other things in life might not be as upbeat , this is. Which hopefully makes me less dependent on others in the future, that’s the broader goal. For now the numbers :

DateStockCurrencyAmount
24-08-2018StarbucksEUR4,66
16-08-2018AppleEUR6,46
13-08-2018NSI N.V.EUR12,48
13-08-2018Flow tradersEUR67,50
03-08-2018Amsterdam CommodotiesEUR24,00
TotalEUR115,1

July 2018 – Dividend

A new dividend update, the compounding kicks in. This month it’s a 104% increase compared with July last year. Mostly from the growing portfolio and some small dividend increases, largely offset by currency rates which are still a bit negative relative too last year. All in all nice progress in this ever evolving experiment.

The numbers :

DateStockCurrencyAmount
27-07-2018Walt Disney CompanyEUR0,72
26-07-2018Cisco SystemsEUR7,97
25-07-2018General Electric CompanyEUR2,28
17-07-2018W.P. Carey IncEUR8,79
05-07-2018Vanguard FTSE all world UCITS ETFEUR39,23
04-07-2018Vanguard dividend appreciation ETFEUR1,47
03-07-2018Coca-Cola CompanyEUR5,04
TotalEUR65,50

June 2018 – Dividend

Another month gone by quickly. And thus a new dividend update. It’s up about 3,2% compared to June 2017. Which is exactly what is supposed too happen. No big differences with the positions and just a steady growth.

It’s funny, this strategy is very easy too follow and doesn’t require a lot. Just one thing perseverance , that’s it.

In combination with debt reduction and other savings the power of compounding over time becomes very apparent. It’s a no brainer really.

The numbers :

DateStockCurrencyAmount
26-06-2018Deutsche PfandfabriekEUR107,00
21-06-2018Icahn EnterprisesEUR1,51
19-06-2018HAL TrustEUR31,00
17-06-2018DowDupont EUR3,28
14-06-2018Microsoft EUR7,24
12-06-2018Emerson Electric CompanyEUR4,18
07-06-2018ASM InternationalEUR8,00
06-06-2018UnileverEUR3,87
TotalEUR166,08

May 2018 – Dividend

A bit faster than the last dividend report. May is over again and the numbers are in. Bit lower compared to last year due too dividends being payed just outside of May in some occasions. In percentage -44% but in simple money still a nice number and a good confirmation of my strategy.
Now that the balance between handpicked and the ETF parts in the portfolio is almost complete I will go back and do some picking again. Lets’s see how that goes.

The overview:

DateStockCurrencyAmount
30-05-2018Bayer AGEUR14.00
30-05-2018Unibail-RodamcoEUR5,40
18-05-2018K+G AG EUR14.00
18-05-2018Porsche Automobil Holding EUR17,60
17-05-2018Apple IncEUR6,24
14-05-2018NSIEUR13,44
10-05-2018Amsterdam CommoditiesEUR42.00
09-05-2018ASML HoldingEUR5,60
TotalEUR118,28

April 2018 – Dividend

Well late this, very late almost June again and I hadn’t yet published my April dividend numbers. Nothing special , a nice growth comparing with last year. Which is the idea behind it all. Percentage wise it’s a ridiculous number, 263%. Totally due to first time dividend paying positions.
So it looks awesome but’s it’s simply just new funds that were added after they payed dividends last year.

The dividend investing strategy is being debated more and more in favor of a more growth focus strategy (I.e Netflix, Amazon , Tesla and so on). But for me this dividend focused strategy works fine, it’s simple and straightforward. Exactly what I need.

The numbers:

DateStockCurrencyAmount
30-04-2018Munich ReEUR197,80
26-04-2018Ahold Delhaize KonEUR63,00
26-04-2018Cisco systemsEUR7,63
25-04-2018General Electric CompanyEUR2,81
21-04-2018Jungheinrich AGEUR5,00
17-04-2018Icahn Enterprises LPEUR1,21
17-04-2018WP Carey Inc. REITEUR8,38
16-04-2018NedapEUR50,00
05-04-2018Vanguard FTSE AWEUR16,74
03-04-2018Coca Cola CompanyEUR5,85
03-04-2018Vanguard Dividend appreciationEUR0,90
TotalEUR359,32