Mid-year review 2018


– Deposited €11.900 in my broker account compared to €9.000 target

– Repayed €5.400 extra mortage above regular monthly repayments vs. a target of €5.000

– Received €1.154 dividend vs. a mid year target of €1.100

– Overall I’m on track reaching my targets set for this year


I’m well above my target set for deposits to my broker account. This is mainly due to extra income as a result of extra salary as a result salary increases as set in the collective labour agreement (CAO) as negotiated by the unions. I never take these salary increase into consideration while determining my deposit account, because it’s my experience it can sometimes take months or even well over a year before the employers and labour unions reach an agreement.

Also some small tax changes resulted in a small increase of my income after tax and as a result a bit more spare money to deposit in my broker account, because I’m still happy with the savings balance I have and still do deposit all my spare money into my broker account.

Extra mortgage repayment
The target of repaying €5.000 extra above my regular monthly installments was this year more challening. Normally I have this amount almost available by the payment of holiday money from the company I work for in May and the tax return I receive from the Dutch government.

In The Netherlands it’s a common practice to receive 8% of your yearly salary in May as holiday money above the regular paycheck. This not changed in this year. Normally I receive a tax return in May, because interest on mortage is tax deductable in The Netherlands. It’s possible to receive every month 1/12th of this tax return, but I always prefer to receive the return fully in May.

This year my tax return is only halve of the return of previous year. This is because my assets did grow a lot last few years and in The Netherlands there is a tax on assets. As a result of the grow in value of my share portfolio and value of my house the tax on assets did eat a big part of my mortgage interest tax return.

I did still repay €5.000 in May as extra mortgage repayment by adding €1.500 of free income I would normally have added as extra deposit in my share portfolio, because I consider it important to repay my mortage much faster than the standard of 30 years we have in The Netherlands.

The extra mortgage repayment has besides a lower debt also as a result that my monthly payment to the bank is reduced with €30 a month.

Dividend income
Dividend income is on track with 52,5% of my full year target reached. I’m only slightly above 50% while i did receive yearly dividend from companies like Aena, ASML, WDP and Fortum. Based on current dividend levels my full year dividend income is €2.229. This full year dividend income is also taken into account the shares I for example bought this month and for which I won’t receive dividend in the first months of this year.

To reach my full year target I’m still dependable on extra shares I buy in the 2nd halve of this year else the set target of €2.200 to receive this year will be challenging to reach.

I did set a challenging target, but because of a dividend cut of Macquarie Infrastructure Company and euro-dollar exchange rate of over 1,21 compared to around 1,21 in the first halve of 2017 did result in on average 11% lower dividend income. On the otherhand I did mainly buy American shares in the first part of 2018 so I get 11% more shares just because of the dollar-euro exchange rate…

Fact Five

1) Largest Position: AbbVie €2.920

2) Largest yearly dividend income: Enbridge €132

3) Estimated dividend on a yearly basis €2.229

4) Largest sector: REIT 22,1% of portfolio

5) Largest currency: USD 59,8%

Wishlist for 2nd part of year

1) Increasing share of eurozone investments

2) Doubling position in Unilever to increase exposure in Consumer Staples sector.

3) Increasing ING and Aegon positions, because these stocks are now very small positions in my portfolio while I bought them to add a decent cashflow in my portfolio. Due to share price increases and new deposits ING (5,33%) and Aegon (5,35%) are now a bit too small positions.

4) Spending time on researching the German stock market. One of the biggest market in Europe, but I have no exposure in German stocks. I plan to reserve time to do research on the German market.

5) Analyzing some Euro dividend ETF’s to get some inspiration finding eurozone dividend stocks.

Final Thoughts
Reaching my dividend income target for this year will be a challenge. Also because some shares very high on my watchlist are euro shares 1 yearly dividend payment paid in the first part of the year. Buying these shares will not result in extra dividend income this year, but I not going to skip these shares if still high on my watchlist just because it will not help me reaching my short term dividend income taret, the long term is more important.

June Dividend Report 2018

Monthly Report June:

This month I received €222,43 in dividends compared to €53,59 last year. This is an increase of 315%!

Mainly new positions increased my dividend income this month. With Royal Dutch Shell, Enbridge, Think AEX ETF and Dominion Energy responsible for over 60% of my dividend.

This month I did use my monthly deposit to buy 12 shares AbbVie and 5 shares McDonalds. With the purchase of 12 shares AbbVie, AbbVie is now the largest position in my portfolio. So I did not open any new positions, but only increased current positions I have.

I ended the month with a portfolio value of €57.065.

Dividend Income – €222,43:

– Royal Dutch Shell €48,13
– Enbridge €39,92
– Think AEX UCITS ETF €24,44
– Dominion Energy €21,61
– Aegon €16,80
– DSM €16,51
– Johnson & Johnson €11,43
– Monmouth REIT €11,00
– EPR Properties €9,32
– Unilever €7,74
– Boeing €5,87
– McDonalds €5,23
– Bank of America €4,43

– Purchase 12 shares AbbVie @ $96,40
– Purchase 5 shares McDonalds @ $162,82

Dividend Changes:

2018 Target Status:
I’m at €11.900 out of €18.000 deposit target (66,1%)
I’m at €1.154,63 out of €2.200 dividend received target (52,5%)
I’m at €5.400 out of €5.000 extra mortgage repayments (target reached)

May Dividend Report 2018

Monthly Report May:

May is another record dividend income month for me! This month I received €328,19 in dividends compared to €124,24 last year. This is an increase of 164%!

New positions in WDP, Unibail-Rodamco, Kas Bank, Macquarie Infrastructure Company and Amsterdam Commodities made a lot of difference.

This month I made many changes to my portfolio. When I started building my portfolio I did spread my monthly deposit over different purchases to reach a diversified portfolio faster. As a result I still have a few very small positions. This month I sold some small positions from companies which are not scoring high on my watchlist which means I (probably) won’t increase the size of the position anytime soon.

I also sold Macquarie Group LTD, because for me as Dutch investors it’s hard to find interesting articles and analysis about this company which keep me well informed about this company. I only did read publications by Macquarie Group itself and I prefer to read articles from other sources also to be able to read critical feedback about the company so I can sharpen my opinion and knowledge about a company. For this reason I now also added to my personal investing guidelines a rule about only investing in companies where I can easily gain access to articles and analysis.

This month I also paid an extra €5.000 into my mortgage loan. This will result in less debt and €360 per year in less interest payments.

I ended the month with a portfolio value of €54.581.

Dividend Income – €328,19:

– WDP €49,50
– Unibail Rodamco €43,20
– Macquarie Infrastructure Company €35,64
– Amsterdam Commodities €31,50
– Kas Bank €31,00
– Omega Healthcare €29,51
– ING €21,50
– AbbVie €18,66
– Flow Traders €17,50
– Simon Property Group €13,36
– Royal Bank of Canada €13,07
– EPR Properties €9,16
– ASML €8,40
– Apple €6,19

– Purchase 30 shares Dominion Energy @ $65,19
– Purchase 17 shares Coca Cola @ $42,20
– Purchase 10 Coresite Realty @ $103,51
– Purchase 8 Simon Property Group @ $154,23
– Purchase 10 Enbridge @ $32,98
– Sell 10 shares Macquarie Group LTD @ AUD 111,60
– Sell 45 shares Ryanair @ €15,49
– Sell 3 shares Stamps.com @ $248,05
– Sell 3 shares Berkshire Hathaway @ $200,14
– Sell 104 shares Iberdrola @ €6,55

Dividend Changes:
– Apple quarterly dividend 15,9% up from $0,63 to $0,73 (+$4,00 yearly div)
– WDP yearly dividend 5,9% up from €4,25 to €4,50 (+€2,75 yearly div)
– DSM yearly dividend 5,7% up from €1,75 to €1,85 (+€1,30 yearly div)
– National Grid final dividend 4,6% up from 29,1p to 30,44 p (+€1,53 yearly div)
– Coresite Realty quarterly dividend up 5,1% from $0,98 to $1,03 (+$4,00 yearly div)

2018 Target Status:
I’m at €10.400 out of €18.000 deposit target (57,8%)
I’m at €932,20 out of €2.200 dividend received target (42,3%)
I’m at €5.400 out of €5.000 extra mortgage repayments (target reached)

April Dividend Report

Monthly Report April:

My April 2018 dividend income reached a total of €289,85. This is up 364% from the €62,40 I received in April 2017. The increase is mainly due to new stock positions in Fortum, Aena and l’Oreal and an increased position in Wereldhave compared to the previous period last year.

I ended April 2018 with a porfolio value of €50.218.

Dividend Income – €289,85:

– Fortum €110,00
– Wereldhave €42,35
– Aena €39,00
– l’Oreal €21,30
– Brown-Forman €20,45
– Novo Nordisk €19,67
– LVMH €10,20
– EPR Properties €8,74
– Coresite Realty €7,93
– Coca-Cola €6,99
– Brown-Forman €3,22


– Purchase 50 shares Flow Traders @ €32,44 (+€32,50 yearly dividend)
– Purchase 5 shares Johnson & Johnson @ $126,90 (+$16,80 yearly dividend)
– Purchase 42 shares Enbridge @ $29,79 (+$87,97 yearly dividend)
– Purchase 48 shares Enbridge @ $31,98 (+$100,54 yearly dividend)
– Sale 200 shares Washington Prime Group @ $7,04 (-$200 yearly dividend)

Dividend Changes:
– l’Oreal yearly dividend 7,6% up from €3,30 to €3,55 (+€1,50 yearly div)
– LVMH yearly dividend 25% up from €4,00 to €5,00 (+€3,00 yearly div)
– Unilever yearly dividend 8% up from €1,43 to €1,55 (+€2,30 yearly div)
– Johnson & Johnson quarterly dividend 7% up from $0,84 to $0,90 (+€3,60 yearly div)

2018 Target Status:
I’m at €8.700 out of €18.000 deposit target (48,3%)
I’m at €604,01 out of €2.200 dividend received target (30,2%)
I’m at €400 out of €5.000 extra mortgage repayments (8,0%)

March Dividend report

Monthly Report March:
This month I realized a dividend income of €185,21. This is a growth of 311%. Mainly due having Royal Dutch Shell and Unibail Rodamco as new positions compared to March last year. Also I own more shares Macquarie Infrastructure Company than in the same month of last year.

Dividend Income – €185,21:
– Macquarie Infrastructure Company €49,06
– Royal Dutch Shell €45,82
– Unibail-Rodamco €43,20
– Monmouth Real Estate €10,38
– EPR Properties €8,79
– Johnson & Johnson €6,78
– Boeing €5,55
– McDonalds €4,93
– Think AEX ETF €3,90
– Unilever €3,59
– Bank of America €3,21


– Purchase 200 shares WPG @ $6,21
– Purchase 8 shares Abbvie @ $95,85
– Sell 40 Eni S.p.a. shares @ €13,90

Dividend Changes:
– Aegon: half year dividend from €0,13 to €0,14 (+7,7%). +€2,40 in yearly dividends.
– ASML: yearly dividend increased from €1,20 to €1,40 (+16,7%). +€1,20 in yearly dividends
– Brown-Forman: Special dividend of $1,00.

2018 Target Status:
I’m at €5.700 out of €18.000 deposit target (31,6%)
I’m at €314,16 out of €2.200 dividend received target (14,3%)
I’m at €400 out of €5.000 extra mortgage repayments (8,0%)

Dividend report February 2018

In February I received €86,53 in dividends:

AbbVie €8,51
Apple €5,03
EPR Properties €8,63
Iberdrola €12,08
Omega Healthcare €27,95
Royal Bank of Canada €5,85
Simon Property Group €12,79
Verizon €5,68

I’m at €300 out of €5.000 extra mortgage repayment above the regular repayment (6,0%)
I’m at €4.200 out of €18.000 deposits in my stock account (23,3%)
I’m at €128,96 out of €2.200 dividend received (5,9%)

Buy 8 Unibail-Rodamco
Buy 21 Macquarie Infrastructure Company
Buy 35 Wereldhave
Sell 11 Think Global Real Estate UCITS ETF
Sell 15 Think Morningstar High Dividend UCITS ETF
Buy 10 Unilever
Sell 30 Elior
Buy 3 l’Oreal
Sell 20 iShares MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF
Buy 10 Royal Bank of Canada

I have a bit too many positions in my portfolio which are relatively small, because when I started investing I often bought 2 or 3 different companies a month to spread my money. This month I closed some relatively small positions and invested the money back in some medium sized positions.

Dividend report January 2018

Starting this months I will report all my dividends in euro.

Brown-Forman €3,27
Coresite Realty €5,62
National Grid €17,41
Wereldhave €15,40
Wisdomtree Smallcap Dividend ETF €0,72

A total of €42,43

I’m at €252 out of €5.000 extra mortgage repayment above the regular repayment (5,0%)
I’m at €1.500 out of €18.000 deposits in my stock account (8,3%)
I’m at €42,43 out of €2.200 dividend received (1,9%)

December 2017 Dividend Report

    USD dividends ~ $36,94 / €30,71

Autoliv $3,60
Bank of America $3,96
Boeing $5,68
Borgwarner $2,38
Coca Cola $5,55
Johnson & Johnson $3,36
McDonalds $3,03
Monmouth $5,10
Wisdomtree Smallcap Dividend ETF $4,28

    EUR Dividends ~ €29,89

LVMH €4,80
Royal Dutch Shell €7,97
Unilever €3,59
Think AEX ETF €6,76
Think Global Real Estate ETF €3,30
Think Morningstar High Dividend ETF €2,70
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF €0,77

    AUD Dividends ~ €20,51 / €13,41

Macquarie Group $20,51

A total of €74,00

November 2017 Dividend Report

USD dividends ~ $41,32 / €34,75
Macquarie Infrastructure Company $9,94
AbbVie $9,60
Simon Property Group $7,20
Verizon $7,08
Apple $6,30
Wisdomtree Smallcap Dividend ETF $1,20

CAD Dividends ~ $9,10 / €5,99
Royal Bank of Canada $9,10

EUR Dividends ~ €0

A total of €40,74