Dividend Update: April 2017

It’s time for my favorite type of post: a tally of the dividends I received in the prior month. Given my strategy of DGI, it is really the dividend payouts that I care about. For each of the companies I invest in, I like to see a steady and growing stream of dividend payouts.

So how did I do in April?

Last month 11 companies sent me a dividend payout, adding up to a total of $221.

Not bad for an ‘off month’ – it’s usually March, June, September and December that provide the most dividend paychecks. With the exception of February – so far every month of 2017 was a $200+ monthly dividend payout for me.

Receiving over $200 dollars each month in dividends makes buying my next addition to the portfolio a little easier. You could say that my own little version of ‘The Snowball’ is starting to pick up some pace!

The following table shows the tickers of the companies that made a April 2017 dividend payout to my portfolio. It features the dividend amount I received and any change in payout as compared to the last payout moment.

TickerDividends ReceivedDividend per Share Change


Some wild figures in there! The dividend growth numbers are all over the place this month. Let’s take a closer look…

South32 (SOUHY) raised it’s dividend by 260%. Unfortunately South32 is a very small position in my portfolio and is the result of a spin-off from BHP Billiton back in 2015. While the increase looks great, the absolute numbers are slightly less impressive – from now on I will receive $1.80 every six months from South32. Ah well, I’ll take it!

My Diageo (DEO) dividend came down by almost 7%. This was not due to a decrease of their payout (or my consumption of their famous Guinness brand), but has to do with the Pound/Dollar exchange rate. Bank of Nova Scotia’s (BNS) was also (slightly) reduced to exchange rates.

Finally: a small increase by WPC and a very nice double digit increase from Cisco (CSCO).

Comparing the dividend payout of April 2016 to April 2017 (below) shows an increase from $115 to $221- YoY growth of 48%.

How was your April and its dividend?  Leave a comment/reply to share your thoughts!

Portfolio Update: April 2017

To paraphrase the great philosopher Justin Timberlake: it’s gonna be May which means April is already in the books. In fact; when this post is live it will be May already. So no more time to waste – let’s check in on what happened with my portfolio in the past month of April.

In my last post I went over the three purchases I made last month – adding to existing positions in Delta Airlines (DAL), CVS (CVS) and initiating a new one in International Paper (IP).

Three buys in one month is pretty exceptional for me, but I actually kept going and made two more purchases on the last trading day of April. I will cover these final two April purchases in an upcoming post.

By now it should be clear that I have a spending problem – although I think it’s the best kind. Reason being, with each new stock purchase I increase my forward dividend income and get closer to achieving my investment goals.

At the end of April 2016 my portfolio consisted of 27 positions with a total value of $33,106.  At the end of March 2017 my portfolio consisted of 41 positions with a total market value of $79,066 – a Year-on-Year (YoY) increase of 138%.

This YoY increase is shown in the graph below.

How was your April? Leave a comment/reply to share your thoughts!