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Summer has arrived and it is nice and hot so far. It is so hot that there are heat warnings for the long weekend. Sounds perfect, feels like 41C.

This month turned out to be a new record for dividend income in the Niche Fund (excluding mutual fund distribution month, December). I wasn’t actually expecting the ETF mid-year distributions to be so significant. The total received a healthy boost from one of my newest holdings, annual payment stock, BMWYY.

Top Dividend Payment                     Largest Unexpected Dividend
                                      
BMWYY: $13.51                                  IEFA: $8.87

The S&P looked like it had a mixed month overall. There are some good dividend stocks in the red on this chart. Looks like some industrials, healthcare and tech names might be on sale. I’ll dive into more detail on my next stock purchase in a separate post.

All three indices tracked slightly positive by the end of the month: S&P 1.1%, NASDAQ 3.2%, TSX 1.9%. It will be interesting to see how things look by the end of July.

My dividend total in June was $47.08, up 128.99% from the same month last year. Now that is some serious growth! Dividends from ETFs made up about a quarter of the total. With this latest update half way through the year, I’m well on track to exceed my 2017 total.

June 2018 Dividends

ENB: $2.01
BMWYY: $13.51
ZFM: $0.24
XOM: $5.32
EMR: $4.37
JNJ: $2.70
LMT: $4.00
IEFA: $8.87
IEMG: $2.85
CNR: $2.28
CGX: $0.58
XSH: $0.35
June Total: $47.08

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. 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 River Falls in Ottawa.

Yours, Until Coke and a few Canadian banks pay me to own their stocks,
Dividend Niche

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It is already the end of May and it seems like we skipped spring and are now already in full blown summer. Perfect.

May wound up being a pretty slow month for dividends in my portfolio. That said, I received the first dividend from one of my recent purchases, Nestle. I’ve been slow to post my stock purchase posts (three pending). I’ll get around to it at some point. I’ve been watching this consumer staples giant for some time and finally made the move a couple months ago to initiate a position.

Despite some rather unprecedented tariff announcements right at the end of the month, all three of the major indices I follow ended up positive: S&P 2.6%, NASDAQ 4.8%, and TSX 2.8%. Here is the one month finviz map for S&P500, it corresponds to the positive results above with some areas on sale, such as financials and utilities.

Just for fun, let’s look at the one day map following the tariff announcements. This is a one day view, so keep that in mind, but pretty consistently pessimistic views across most sectors.

My dividend income in May reached a total of $14.52, up 170.9% as compared to May 2017. With additional investments, this total will grow even further over time. These dividends are used towards the next purchase of equity holdings in the portfolio and are already starting to compound nicely.

May 2018 Dividends Received (Updated)

ZFM $0.22
RY $5.64
NSRGY $7.76
CGX $0.56
XSH $0.34

Total: $14.52 (last two dividends weren’t reflected in original post) 

Most of the holdings in my Niche Fund pay quarterly dividends so some months will have more income reflected than others. 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 Ottawa Fury vs. Toronto FC II game at Lansdowne in Ottawa.

Make any stock purchases this month? Planning on loading up on new holdings in early June?

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Winter is finally over! April is one of my favourite months, you can finally spend more time outside, patios start re-opening and overall my mood seems to improve. This might have something to do with not having to shovel a huge driveway. Getting more fresh air and sun definitely helps people like me who get cabin fever in the winter.

April was a solid month overall, my dividend income was just one penny short of my annual total in 2015. This is very encouraging as it is yet another demonstration of the growth potential of re-investing dividends in further growth of the portfolio.

The main indices I follow were mostly flat through the month with some slight gains posted at the end of the month: S&P 1.1%, NASDAQ 2.2%, and TSX 1.0%. I did finally make another move in April, more on that in a separate post.

My dividend income this month reached $21.35. This was so close to beating my entire 2015 total, the year I started my DGI journey. While just over $20 doesn’t seem like a lot, it is 29% higher than the month’s total last year. Now that is some nice growth!

April 2018 Dividends Received

VUS $1.19
KO $4.57
VTI $1.93
ZFM $0.21
BNS $6.56
CGX $0.56
TD $6.03
XSH $0.30

Total: $21.35

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 spring shot of Lansdowne in Ottawa. Looks like some landscaping is required to fill in holes from the extra bleachers.

How did your April dividend income shape up? Make any stock purchases this month?

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Winter is finally over. Second winter is over. Third winter just started…while there is a lot less snow around it is still unusually cold. It was somewhat encouraging not to have an ice rink on my driveway, but it will be a lot nicer when patio season finally kicks in!

Dividend income in March wound up being much higher than I expected. It was higher than my first year total in 2015, and would have been the second highest monthly total in 2016 and 2017. I didn’t add any new equity holdings, but made regular contributions to my ETF holdings.

The indices I track were quite flat across the board by the end of the month: S&P 0.19%, NASDAQ 0.77%, and TSX 1.59%.

In March 2018, my dividend income reached a total of $24.58, up an impressive 40.78% over my March 2017 total. This raises my 2018 total to $56.68. Looking forward to sharing April’s update as that is going to be a good month.

March 2018 Dividends Received

ENB $2.01
ZFM $0.19
XOM $4.09
EMR $4.37
JNJ $2.52
LMT $4.00
CGX $0.56
XIC $4.27
XSH $0.29
CNR $2.28

Total: $24.58

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 snowy shot of Lansdowne in Ottawa.

How did your March results stack up? Have you been adding to your holdings? Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This post is really late, but better late than never. February is usually one of the slowest month in terms of passive income for the portfolio. This was no exception in 2018. It will likely stay that way until I add more equities with monthly or quarterly payments that pay out in February.

There were some significant dips in the markets I follow, but I didn’t make any new stock purchases.  The indices I track were down across the board by the end of the month: S&P -4.3%, NASDAQ -3.3%, and TSX -3.4%.

While still very very small, my February 2018 dividend income reached a total of $6.21, up 24.7% over my February 2017 number. This brings my 2018 total to $32.10 so far. March and April should be more interesting as more quarterly payments are going to come in.

February 2018 Dividends Received

ZFM $0.19
RY $5.46
CGX $0.56

Total: $6.21

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 the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ottawa.

Did you add any new stocks in February? What’s on your watchlist for March? Thanks for stopping by!

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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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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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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