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It's been quiet here on the blog for a while now. Nothing's wrong but I was very busy at work and at home and didn't feel the energy to write some blogs. But now that everything is calming down a bit, it is time to pick up where I left off.

I've been investing a bit in the last month. I bought 10 extra UNA shares and also 11 shares of OHI. Both when they were dipping after their reported Q3 results.

Also I started investing in a new Mutual fund, which invests mainly in bonds.

In total I invested just short of 900 Euros for an expected anual dividend increase of €33.

I also collected dividends in september and october. In september I received €58.82 an increase of 270% compared to last year.
In november I received €15.58, an increase of 80% compared to last year.
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With the money I had from the sell of ABBV I expanded on my BNS position. I bought another 4 shares. For my net dividend income the sell and buy have a small impact. I lost €8 by selling ABBV and I gained €10.60 by buying BNS.
I bought BNS at $62.55 a share. With a quarterly dividend of $0.63, BNS yields 4%.
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It was a long time ago that I sold some stocks, but yesterday I did. I sold my total position (3 shares) in Abbvie (ABBV).

I bought the ABBV shares last January for a price of $62.75 a share and sold them at $81.50, which is almost a capital gain of 30%. In dollars that is.
As I live in The Netherlands, I look at my investments in Euros. And because the dollar has weakened tremendously since January, my actual capital gains are just 12%.
When I add the dividends I received the "profit" I made was 14%.

Why did I sell? Well, mostly because of the surge in shareprice ABBV made yesterday. I expect that that shareprice >$80 won't last very long. I still like ABBV though, so if the price comes down a quite a bit I might another batch of shares.

For now I expanded on one of my other positions, which I will write about in another blog.
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Last friday my position of Ahold Delhaize took a hit of more than 7% at one moment. I took the opportunity to expand on my position. I bought another 20 shares at a price of €15.50 each. Including transaction fees the total price of this purchase €312.06.

With this purchase I tripled my position from 10 to 30 shares. With these shares my annual dividend income increases with about 9 Euros to €410. My cost basis dropped tot €15.90 per share. At current market price AD yields 3.68%, my yield on cost is now 3.58%.

If you want more information about Ahold Delhaize you can read it in this post.
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It's been a while since I posted my last blog. We were away for holiday vacation for a couple of weeks, camping in France. After that work kept me busy much more than I would have wanted but now it is time to blog again.

Now, just before the end of the month I finally have time to report my dividend income of July.

The first month of the quarter is alway a bit of an off month for my dividend income. I can report a dividend income after taxes of  €14.44.
The following companies paid me for owning their shares:

  • Coca Cola (KO): €7.71
  • Whitestone REIT (WSR): €5.17
  • Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS): €1.56
The still declining rate of the Dollar versus the Euro is still hurting my dividend income in Euro's. While my portfolio is slowly growing, my dividend income isn't, On the other side, it is also cheaper for me to buy US stocks. 

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We're already halfway through 2017 and summer vacation is upone us. So it is time to report our dividend income from last month.

And again, I can report a record breaking month. This month I received a total of €57.97 after taxes in dividend, a YoY increase of 445%.

The following 5 companies paid us for owning a piece of them:
  • Walmart (WMT): €1.92
  • Unilever (AMS: UNA): €14.16
  • Target (TGT): €6.82
  • Whitestone REIT (WSR): €5.25
  • Royal Dutch Shell (AMS: RDSA): €29.82 (1 share DRIP + €5.05 cash)
My YTD dividend income now is €180.85. As the first month of the quarter is an off month for my portfolio I think I will just mis out on the €200 mark next month, but it will be a close call. It all depends on how the Euro/Dollar exchange rate will be during July.

Because of the DRIP of my RDSA share my annual dividend will increase by €1.64 of which we will receive half in the rest of 2017.
How was your dividend income in June?
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Yesterday I initiated a new postion. I bought 10 shares of Ahold Delhaize (AMS: AD). AD is company that was formed by the merger of Ahold from The Netherlands and Delhaize from Belgium. Ahold constists of their flagship Albert Heijn the market leader in supermarkets in The Neterlands, the largest liquor store chain Gall&Gall and the reason why Amazon doesn't have a big market share in Holland, bol.com.

Most of these brands are also known in Belgium, but the main brand for Belgium is Delhaize.

Aold Delhaize is also active in the United States with brands like:

  • Foodlion
  • Stop&Shop
  • bfresh
and many more.They are also active in Asia.

I was eyeing for AD a little while but found them a bit expensive at a share price of €20 but since the announced takeover of Wholefoods by Amazon the share prices has taken a hit and closed at €16.04 yesterday. So it was now well within the price I was willing to pay for it.

I bought 10 shares of AD at a share price of €16.30. Including transaction costs I paid a total of €165.03. Looking at the latest regular dividend AD paid this purchase will increase my annual dividend with €5.70. This purchase yields at 3.45%. My total expected annual dividend rises to €415 due to this buy.
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Yesterday my portfolio value hit the €10.000 mark for the first time. That is a big milestone for me, so I looked back at how my portfolio is doing. I did my first investment in Februari of 2016.

I invested €9.600 so far, so this means I made capital gains of more than €400 or 4.16% increase. Furthermore I received approximately €300 so far which is 3.13% of the total investments. I reinvested all of that dividends in new purchases.

So in fact I only invested €9.300. So total gains so far are 7.5% in total or 4.9% annualized. Not too bad but not too great either.
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Today Amazon (AMZN) made an impact on a lot of stocks by announcing it's buying Whole Foods (WFM). A lot of stocks such as Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT) which I both own went down quite conserably.

So I seized the opportunity to buy some more TGT shares. I bought 5, at a price of $50.23 a piece bringing the total amount of shares I own to 20.

Including transaction fees I paid a total of €225.50. At this price TGT (with it's just announced  raised dividend yields 4.94%.

This purchase brings the average purchase price of my TGT shares at €55.81 almost 3.5 euros lower than before. YOC are up to 3.94%.
Total dividend has raised to €410 after taxes.
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Yesterday Target (TGT) announced it will raise it's quarterly dividend by 2 cents to $0.62. This is a raise of 3.3%. Owning 15 shares of TGT this raise will increase my yearly net dividend by $1.20 to appoximately€402.

With current share price, TGT's yield is 4.47%. My YOC is a bit lower: 3.74%.

If the TGT share price stays at current levels for a while I might purchase some more shares....
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