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A new year brings with it a clean slate. This is the time of year people come up with goals and resolutions for the year ahead. I made some adjustments to what I will be capturing in future updates to better reflect the passive income from my investments. It is my goal to increase contributions and put out a few more different kinds of posts in 2018.

January was a very good month for the portfolio, not so much for having fun outside. Unlike all the people who got gym memberships, I’ve been keeping fit by shovelling my ice filled driveway. It has been a losing battle…

2018 got off to a strong start for investors with exposure to US equities, with the S&P 4.75%, NASDAQ 5.41%, but not so great for investors in Canada with the TSX -2.75%. Towards the end of the month, the S&P nearly reached 2,900. Since then it has declined to around 2,700 from a low of 2,543. These short term peaks and valleys don’t mean much for long term investors. If your perspective is to invest in solid companies over the long term, you can safely ignore the noise of short term market movements. Wealthsimple put out a nice article on how the voice in your head is probably wrong, and the impossibility of timing the market. Moral of the story is stick to your investment plan and safely ignore any temptation to time the market.

I was very pleasantly surprised to see my January 2018 dividend income total of $25.89. This really is starting to show the tiny snowball starting to work its magic. This month alone has eclipsed my total annual dividend income of 2015, the year I started investing. The yoy increase from January 2017 to 2018 was a whopping 126.7%, I’ll take that kind of result any day. The ETFs had some distribution payouts so this boosted the overall numbers significantly. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of 2018 shapes up!

January 2018 Dividends Received

IEFA $3.74
VTI $1.92
IEMG $4.16
XIC $2.10
XSH $0.50
ZFM $0.17
VUS $1.02
BNS $6.32
CGX $0.56
TD $5.40

Total: $25.89

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. From now on, I’ll include dividends received from my ETF holdings in addition to my dividend stock holdings. This should provide a more interesting roundup each month, especially as the ETF holdings pay more consistently than some of my stocks.

My Dividend Income page has a calendar showing when I expect to receive dividends from each of my stock holdings.

The featured image for this post is from Winterlude in Confederation Park in Ottawa.

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Merry Christmas, I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! Now time for my favourite post of the year, my December dividend income update. As you may be able to tell, I’m a little bit impressed with how things shaped up this month…

The S&P500 reached new heights, again, to hit 2,694 mid December. All of the main indices ended on an upswing: S&P500 +2.20%, NASDAQ +1.50%, TSX +1.30%. Lots of red names in the utilities and technology sectors to wind up the year.

I was very pleased to see that my $24.99 total income for December 2017 crushed my 2015 annual total of $21.36. Even with relatively little fresh capital added to the portfolio this year, my yoy increase of 29% was well above what I was expecting. My 2017 annual total blew past $150 to hit $170.14! Not bad for a young portfolio. I can’t wait to keep growing this dividend income snowball in 2018!

December Dividends Received

ENB: $1.83
XOM: $4.94
ZCS: $0.23
ZFM: $0.16
EMR: $4.37
JNJ: $2.52
KO: $4.32
CNR: $2.06
CGX: $0.56
LMT: $4.00

Total: $24.99

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. From now on, I’ll include dividends received from my ETF holdings in addition to my dividend stock holdings. This should provide a more interesting roundup each month, especially as the ETF holdings pay more consistently than some of my stocks.

My Dividend Income page has a calendar showing when I expect to receive dividends from each of my stock holdings.

The featured image for this post is the big Christmas tree at Lansdowne park in Ottawa.

I can’t wait to read about how other DGI bloggers wrapped up 2017. Looking forward to sharing more posts in 2018 including my most recent stock purchase post. If you have a DGI blog, I would be interested to hear from you so I can update my blogroll.


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November was a very busy month, but not for the portfolio! It has historically been one of the quieter months in terms of overall dividends received and this was no exception. I made a stock purchase this month (finally!) which I’ll dive into in more detail in an upcoming post. Here is a hint:

The S&P500 reached new heights, again, to hit 2,647 by the end of November. All three of the main indices I follow saw gains through the end of the month: S&P500 +2.60%, NASDAQ +1.20%, TSX +1.90%. GE cut their dividend and you’ll note they’re one of the reddest names on the map below.

This month brought in a small amount, but a nice healthy increase over November 2016. I received $6.37, a 27.91% increase over this month last year. My annual total now stands at $145.15, just under my 2015 + 2016 totals combined! It looks like I will cruise past the $150 mark when I share my next update at the end of December.

October Dividends Received

RY: $5.46
CGX: $0.56
ZCS: $0.21
ZFM: $0.14

Total: $6.37

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. From now on, I’ll include dividends received from my ETF holdings in addition to my dividend stock holdings. This should provide a more interesting roundup each month, especially as the ETF holdings pay more consistently than some of my stocks.

My Dividend Income page has a calendar showing when I expect to receive dividends from each of my stock holdings.

The featured image for this post is one of my favourite buildings in Ottawa, the Chateau Laurier.

If you have a DGI blog, I would be interested to hear from you so I can update my blogroll.


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September is back to school and the end of summer. Depending on how old you are, this can be a good or a bad thing! Those days are long gone for me so I’ll take it as a good thing for parents and the companies that count on that uptick in spending on supplies and clothing. The S&P closed above 2,500 showing no signs of slowing down, despite record breaking hurricanes and an increasingly tense standoff between the United States and North Korea. Apple also cranked out some new iPhones to a seemingly subdued response. All three main indices I follow – rebounded from dips early in the month to finish strong: S&P500 +1.73%, NASDAQ +0.94%, TSX +2.92%.

September was a solid month for my dividend holdings. The end of Q3 proved to be much more interesting than the previous couple of updates.

September Dividends Received (updated): 

ENB: $1.83
EMR: $4.32
JNJ: $2.52
LMT: $3.64
CNR: $2.06
CGX: $0.56
XOM: $4.67
ZCS: $0.17
ZFM: $0.11
XIC: $2.73

Total: $22.61

When compared to September 2016, my dividend income grew by +50.4%, from $15.03 to $22.61. I’m very pleased with that sort of growth, considering I barely added new holdings in 2016. I’m very close to beating my 2016 total already and we have 3 months to go in 2017. Update: my XIC dividend was not reflected in my original post, with this included Sep 2017 broke my previous record of Dec 2016 in terms of dividend income!

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. From now on, I’ll include dividends received from my ETF holdings in addition to my dividend stock holdings. This should provide a more interesting roundup each month, especially as the ETF holdings pay more consistently than some of my stocks.

My Dividend Income page has a calendar showing when I expect to receive dividends from each of my stock holdings.

The featured image for this post is yet another shot of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. I’m sure it is a lot of fun to cruise up the canal in a boat on a day like that!

Thank you for checking out my blog. If you have a DGI blog, I would be interested to hear from you so I can update my blogroll. Keep sharing your dividend growth posts. It is great to see the analysis and shout outs to fellow bloggers out there.


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August was much like July, flew by way too quickly. I had a few good road trips, but was pretty disappointed by some of the worst summer weather on record in my home city. The markets reacted to some positive earnings from major companies in August pushing the Dow to new record territory: 22,000! Did this make me change my strategy? Nope.

Many of the big names of the S&P500 saw some healthy boosts due to strong earnings. Others were affected by some of the worst flooding in Texas history, primarily in the energy sector. It is up to each investor to do their own analysis and determine whether a stock purchase makes sense for them.

August was a bit choppy for the main indices I follow – they wound up pretty flat after recovering from lows mid month: S&P500 +0.00%, NASDAQ +1.13%, TSX -0.07%.

August Dividends Received: 

RY $5.26
ZCS $0.15
ZFM $0.10
Total: $5.47

When compared to August 2016, my dividend income grew by +12.6%, from $4.86 to $5.87. That is pretty good given I didn’t add to my holdings and RBC increased its dividend.

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. From now on, I’ll include dividends received from my ETF holdings in addition to my dividend stock holdings. This should provide a more interesting roundup each month, especially as the ETF holdings pay more consistently than some of my stocks.

My Dividend Income page has a calendar showing when I expect to receive dividends from each of my stock holdings.

The featured image for this post is a shot of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. It is hard to believe people will be skating down this stretch in less than three months!

Thank you for checking out my blog. If you have a DGI blog I would be interested to hear from you so I can update my blogroll. I hope everyone is enjoying a nice summer and keep sharing your dividend growth posts. It is great to see the analysis and shout outs to fellow bloggers out there.


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Summer seems to fly by rather quickly and this year is no exception. I went on a vacation out to Alberta and British Columbia in July and had an amazing trip. Time sure flies when you’re having fun! This month was alright for passive income, not quite a record setting month, but still worth checking out in more detail:

The big names of the S&P500 looked mostly in the green for the past month. Despite this, there seem to be more than a few quality names that are on sale. There is a great deal of analysis out there pointing to stocks hitting overvalued territory. It is up to each investor to do their own analysis and determine whether a stock purchase makes sense for them.

I try not to pay too much attention to all the hype and the volatility of markets. Not everyone is the same way though. There are those calling for a massive crash, and others that insist the bull market will not stop. A series of strong earnings reports from some of the largest U.S. companies has led the Dow Jones to new heights reaching a record 22,000 milestone.

July looked a little more interesting for the main indices I follow – two shot up and one was flat: S&P500 +2.18%, NASDAQ +3.62%, TSX +0.13%.

July Dividends Received: 

TD $5.4
BNS: $6.08
KO $4.34
ZCS $0.14
ZFM $0.09
Total: $16.05

When compared to July 2016, my dividend income grew by +19.8%, from $13.4 to $16.05. That is not too shabby considering I have rarely added new stock holdings over the past year.

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. From now on, I’ll include dividends received from my ETF holdings in addition to my dividend stock holdings. This should provide a more interesting roundup each month, especially as the ETF holdings pay more consistently than some of my stocks.

My Dividend Income page has a calendar showing when I expect to receive dividends from each of my stock holdings.

The featured image for this post is from my vacation in Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta. The Rocky Mountains are a must see and while you’re there, you can knock a drive up the Icefields Parkway highway off your bucket list. If it isn’t on there, you aren’t doing life right.

Thank you for checking out my blog. If you have a DGI blog I would be interested to hear from you so I can update my blogroll. I hope everyone is enjoying a nice summer and keep sharing your dividend growth posts. It is great to see the analysis and shout outs to fellow bloggers out there.

Dow Dominance image source: WSJ


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June flew by for me and that is part of the reason this post is behind. It is hard to believe 2017 is already half over. It is time for vacation, bbqs and enjoying the summer while it is here. This month was solid for passive income so without further ado, let’s see how June shaped up for dividends.

It looks like discount retailers, telecom, utilities and materials saw some declines recently. A few of the names on this heat map are on my watchlist.

After several months of slight gains it looks like the main indices I follow were rather flat or down by the end of June: S&P500 +0.48%, NASDAQ -0.94%, TSX -1.09%.

June Dividends Received: 

ENB $1.83
XOM $5.17
EMR $4.32
JNJ $2.52
CNR $2.06
ZCS $0.13
ZFM $0.08
IEFA $2.84
IEMG $0.94
VUS $0.67
Total: $20.56

When compared to June 2016, my dividend income grew by +37.8%, from $14.92 to $20.56. I’ll take those numbers any day!

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. From now on, I’ll include dividends received from my ETF holdings in addition to my dividend stock holdings. This should provide a more interesting roundup each month, especially as the ETF holdings pay more consistently than some of my stocks.

My Dividend Income page has a calendar showing when I expect to receive dividends from each of my stock holdings.

The featured image for this post is from my short trip to France. It was a toasty 37C outside so the sky looks a little hazy.

Thank you for checking out my blog. If you have a DGI blog I would be interested to hear from you so I can update my blogroll. I hope everyone is enjoying a nice summer and keep sharing your dividend growth posts. It is great to see the analysis and shout outs to fellow bloggers out there.


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It is always nice to take the time to review the dividends that companies pay me to hold their stocks in my portfolio. May was no exception! It is July and I’m only posting my May update now. Normally I’m not so behind but I’ve been travelling for work then started a vacation and just found some time to put together this post.

Just like last month, given how late this post is, I’m going to skip the S&P500 map. I added to my ETF holdings again in May but did not make any stock purchases.

The main indices I follow were rather flat through the beginning of May. There was a big dip mid month, followed by slight increases for two of the three indices:
S&P500 +0.98%, NASDAQ +1.76%, TSX -1.44%.

May Dividends Received: 

RY $5.22
ZCS $0.08
ZFM $0.06
Total: $5.36

When compared to May 2016, my dividend income grew by +1.9%, from $5.26 to $5.36. May was a bit of a slow month in my portfolio, but there is nothing wrong with getting money from one of Canada’s largest banks and two quality bond ETFs.

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. This month, I decided to include dividends received from my ETF holdings in addition to my dividend stock holdings. This should provide a more interesting roundup each month, especially as the ETF holdings pay more consistently than some of my stocks.

My Dividend Income page has a calendar showing when I expect to receive dividends from each of my stock holdings.

Thank you for checking out my blog. If you have a DGI blog I would be interested to hear from you so I can update my bloglist.

I’m not sure whether I’ve ever mentioned this or not, but each of the featured images for my dividend income blog posts was taken by me wherever I happened to be that month. The photo for May is a sea of tulips shot near Dow’s Lake in Ottawa. I’ll do a roll up post to give more info on my previous photos in the coming weeks. There are quite a few different countries featured!

I hope everyone is enjoying a nice summer and keep sharing your dividend growth posts. It is great to see the analysis and shout outs to fellow bloggers out there.


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I’m playing catch up on my blog posts! It has been a very hectic past couple of months and it has been bugging me that I haven’t posted in awhile. Time flies when you’re having fun.

Given how late this post is, I’m going to skip the S&P500 map. I added to my ETF holdings in April but did not make any stock purchases.

The main indices I follow were rather flat throughout April. By the end of the month, things started picking up for the NASDAQ while the S&P and TSX had smaller gains:
S&P500 +1.08%, NASDAQ +3.04%, TSX +0.18%.

April Dividends Received: 

KO $4.45
BNS $6.08
VTI $0.48
ZCS $0.07
ZFM $0.05
Total: $11.13

When compared to April 2016, my dividend income grew by +30.94%, from $8.50 to $11.13. This was the second highest month for passive income in 2017. April tends to be one of the quieter months in my portfolio, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in May and June.

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. This month, I decided to include dividends received from my ETF holdings in addition to my dividend stock holdings. This should provide a more interesting roundup each month, especially as the ETF holdings pay more consistently than some of my stocks.

My Dividend Income page has a calendar showing when I expect to receive dividends from each of my stock holdings.

Thank you for checking out my blog.


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