November 2018 – Dividend

Its the end of November and time for another albeit short dividend report. Let’s see, as usual November is a slow month in the dividend department. This year even more so as I sold ONEOK this year which paid dividend in November, which leaves Apple as the sole dividend paying position in my portfolio. So a 13% drop in dividend income compared to last year. Next month the last dividend update and a final report on 2018.

The very short list :



Optionality , one word we don’t come across a lot. At least not in Dutch, more so in the English speaking world. Nonetheless a very interesting concept. When searching for the right way in accessing risk I discovered the work of Nasim Taleb, who has written a lot about risk and fragility in our modern society. In his book antifragility, he explains how fragility in systems work and teaches a lot about risk assessment. At least it was an eye opener for me.

Risk is often misjudged or risks are overlooked. This happens in all sorts of environments, from surgery right up when you sign for your mortgage. My search was mainly focused on finance risks. As it turns out , having options helps a lot and is very important.

It all comes together in how we asses risk , when you have more options, you have more protection against risk. But what does optionality means? And how do you apply this in everyday life?

Optionality is the possibility in making choices without the obligation too choose. Abstract yes, or maybe should I say. Let’s talk about it some more in terms of my favorite topic. Finance. If you have money left at the end of the month , you have options , let’s say you can buy a book , pay off a debt or whatever tickles you. I am not debating what the smart move is here, but options you have. This is not exactly what is meant by optionality, hang on we are getting there.

When you come up short every month, there are no options. You can only borrow beg or steal. All of which are bad options , basically no options. The amount of pressure in finding a solution will most likely work counter productive. Or you can’t see any valid solutions any more let alone think about alternatives.

When you are free to do what you want , or more or less anyway, this is were the real power of optionality comes in play. Imagine that in any given job, as long as it pays minimum wage, you’ll still be able to cover all monthly costs. It will liberate you from a very big pressure in life, the need too making X amount of money for years on end.

Now that stress is out of the way, your job is not one you will have too keep at all cost. Loosing it isn’t life threatening anymore and it opens up your vast brainpower thinking about other options in life. You can change jobs , try out a new position in your company without the fear of failure.

In any case things start moving again, not driven by that sole risk of loosing a job and therefore an X amount of money. Money is no longer the only risk you need too manage. When you have high (financial) stresses it clogs up your brains and devotes a lot of brain power in finding solutions when that sole risk pops up. It also leads your brain in making a lot of wrong short term decisions which will be wrong in hindsight. It most likely make the risks you are trying to avoid bigger instead of smaller. If that’s all out of the way decisions tend too be more balanced, better thought out and make for far better choices over the long term. Some say it unlocks long term thinking.

It leaves space for creative thinking, thinking up new projects , planning all sorts of cool stuff and actually finding time and energy in trying some of those projects. In other words you think of new options. And the projects you do , fail or succes make you think again and come up with even more cool options. The power of the multiplying options if you like.

Lessening financial stress is a very good starting point in search of a life with less stress and more opportunities. Minimizing the necessary monthly cash flow will give a sense of ease and space for you too work on ideas and projects which are buried in the freezer and really get hands on with them. Inevitably this (financial) risk reduction will bring you optionality.

October 2018 – Dividend

October 2018 is almost over , time flies and so it’s time for another dividend update. A new increase, comparing with October 2017 due too the expansion of the portfolio. The exchange rate impact is something I am used to by now and the small increases in dividend payout minimize the inconvenience in the result. It’s a figure too low for me to consider hedging the currency issue.

Percentage wise the increase is pretty large, 67%. At some point as the portfolio increases this will level out more and produce a more normal percentage. For now it looks fun. With another 2 months to go this year I’m curious we’re we end up. For now the numbers :

24-10-2018Cisco systemsEUR8,03
25-10-2018General ElectricEUR2,30
15-10-2018W.P. Carey EUR8,91
10-10-2018Vanguard FTSE All-world UCITS ETFEUR39,63
1-10-2018Coca ColaEUR5,09
1-10-2018Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETFEUR1,30

August 2018 – Dividend

August is almost over , dividend wise for it’s over already in my case. Another great month in dividend streams. Some new positions payed dividends for the first time, which has the traditionally weak month of August catching up too the rest. Percentage wise an increase of 150% , but as already stated this has to do with the new additions to the portfolio.

The exchange rate between the Euro and the American dollar pulls it all a bit downwards. Despite of Apple increasing it’s dividend percentage it’s result is pretty much the same.

all in all a nice improvement which I can only be happy with, other things in life might not be as upbeat , this is. Which hopefully makes me less dependent on others in the future, that’s the broader goal. For now the numbers :

13-08-2018NSI N.V.EUR12,48
13-08-2018Flow tradersEUR67,50
03-08-2018Amsterdam CommodotiesEUR24,00

July 2018 – Dividend

A new dividend update, the compounding kicks in. This month it’s a 104% increase compared with July last year. Mostly from the growing portfolio and some small dividend increases, largely offset by currency rates which are still a bit negative relative too last year. All in all nice progress in this ever evolving experiment.

The numbers :

27-07-2018Walt Disney CompanyEUR0,72
26-07-2018Cisco SystemsEUR7,97
25-07-2018General Electric CompanyEUR2,28
17-07-2018W.P. Carey IncEUR8,79
05-07-2018Vanguard FTSE all world UCITS ETFEUR39,23
04-07-2018Vanguard dividend appreciation ETFEUR1,47
03-07-2018Coca-Cola CompanyEUR5,04

May 2018 – Dividend

A bit faster than the last dividend report. May is over again and the numbers are in. Bit lower compared to last year due too dividends being payed just outside of May in some occasions. In percentage -44% but in simple money still a nice number and a good confirmation of my strategy.
Now that the balance between handpicked and the ETF parts in the portfolio is almost complete I will go back and do some picking again. Lets’s see how that goes.

The overview:

30-05-2018Bayer AGEUR14.00
18-05-2018K+G AG EUR14.00
18-05-2018Porsche Automobil Holding EUR17,60
17-05-2018Apple IncEUR6,24
10-05-2018Amsterdam CommoditiesEUR42.00
09-05-2018ASML HoldingEUR5,60

April 2018 – Dividend

Well late this, very late almost June again and I hadn’t yet published my April dividend numbers. Nothing special , a nice growth comparing with last year. Which is the idea behind it all. Percentage wise it’s a ridiculous number, 263%. Totally due to first time dividend paying positions.
So it looks awesome but’s it’s simply just new funds that were added after they payed dividends last year.

The dividend investing strategy is being debated more and more in favor of a more growth focus strategy (I.e Netflix, Amazon , Tesla and so on). But for me this dividend focused strategy works fine, it’s simple and straightforward. Exactly what I need.

The numbers:

30-04-2018Munich ReEUR197,80
26-04-2018Ahold Delhaize KonEUR63,00
26-04-2018Cisco systemsEUR7,63
25-04-2018General Electric CompanyEUR2,81
21-04-2018Jungheinrich AGEUR5,00
17-04-2018Icahn Enterprises LPEUR1,21
17-04-2018WP Carey Inc. REITEUR8,38
05-04-2018Vanguard FTSE AWEUR16,74
03-04-2018Coca Cola CompanyEUR5,85
03-04-2018Vanguard Dividend appreciationEUR0,90

Portfolio news – Januari, Februari and March 2018 changes

It’s been a few months since the last portfolio update. It’s been mainly just adding to the ETF’s I selected because there is still a imbalance between my hand picked stocks and the ETF’s. But I am on track towards getting the balance right.

So I am focussing my attention more on picking some new stocks and adding to existing positions. I added to my positions in Munich Re, ASM International and Amsterdam commodities. Jungheinrich is a new addition, it’s active in logistical systems and warehousing. Technical company and with the growing need for smart warehousing it’s a good company to be invested in, in a growing market for now. Until we finally realize we don’t need all that stuff in our lives. It’s also paying a nice dividend. So for now it’s in the portfolio.

I sold ONEOK , one of the US leading natural gas suppliers. It has served the portfolio well with a nice increase in share price and a healthy stream of dividends. I made a solid profit on it and the reason for the sell is part of a broader idea in my investing away from fossil fuels and into other forms of energy. It’s still in the ETF’s and I am still invested in old world energy but it’s time to reduce it and get it to zero.

It’s a bit hard getting in with the real promising company’s as a lot of them are not listed on any stock exchange just yet, which is unfortunate. Well there’s Tesla, but that’s not really my cup of tea investing wise. But I am keeping an eye out and trying getting as much information as I can.

One of the company’s I am checking out is Umicore, which is big in recycling and material research and development. I have some work left to do so I when I’m finished I’ll share my findings.

March 2018 – Dividend

And another month quickly went by, so another update on the dividend stream, less dividend in Euro’s because of the dollar/euro rates. So -16% comparing to March 2017. Turmoil on the currency markets will always be there and since I only have a very small portfolio hedging against currency fluctuations is a bit expensive. Simply take it as it is.

March numbers :

26-03-2018Royal Dutch ShellEUR38,18
21-03-2018Unilever EUR3,59
DowDupont incEUR3,09
10-03-2018Emerson Electric CompanyEUR3,94

February 2018 – Dividend

Another month has gone by and due for another update on the dividends of February. It’s up 12% compared to February 2017. Excellent news , it’s nice to see a steady increase in dividends. Also it’s just 2 companies this month which provided this increase. Next few months will see some more increases as new positions start too pay out. So far so good.

The numbers: