Monthly Update August 2015


August was a month with ups and downs – the ups were definitely the countless beautiful moments in our two week vacation on Corsica – what a gem, the downs were a sudden market crash on August 24, which lasted only a few minutes. It was a down for me because I had a) not enough cash to go all in on my conservative DGI watchlist (JNJ, HAS, SBUX,etc.) and b) I never could have caught the drop – it was so damn fast.
Fortunately the vacation wasn’t as expensive as I’d imagined – and I’m back at improving my saving rate.

(assuming €:$ 1:1.1 currency exchange rate )


Day Job Paycheck $3946
Dividend Income $297

Total Income $4243


Total Expense $1727

Saved Net Income 59%

Nearly 60% saved this month! Even with all the expenses from the vacation.
I think it helps when you’re travelling with a tent and like to go on white sand beaches and climb in the mountains. Because this costs me almost nothing! Making something tasty to eat on a camping stove with all fresh ingredients from the island in front of your tent while enjoying the fabulous sunset? I call this a romantic dinner – which again, costs me not more than eating at home. Of course we tried a fantastic multi-course dinner and ate plenty of super tasty pizza, but when you mix it up with some tent cooking experiences your average food cost is decreasing very fast. And you’ll value and enjoy the pizza even more this way!

But on the other side, some costs will be carried over to September, because I used my credit card sometimes (which will always debit one month later from my bank account).



Stock Units Price Date Cost
OKE 30 $34.92 2015-08-05 $1047.60
ZIOP 100 $7.75 2015-08-24 $775.00
DOC 75 $14.59 2015-08-24 $1094.25


As mentioned, I didn’t go all in on all the opportunities on August 24, because I had only little to give. In the end I added a new position in another (small cap) healthcare REIT and a small biotech company which doesn’t even pay a dividend. But I want to participate in the upcoming CAR T-Cell therapy solutions – I think ZIOP is the way to play this, even when it won’t pay a dividend ever.
So did my negative portfolio balance made me become a total return investor? No, but I don’t want to limit my portfolio to dividend paying companies only. I’d love to add GOOGL at the right price. I have a small selection of stocks on my watchlist which aren’t paying a dividend – ZIOP was on of them and it traded below my target entry price, so I pulled the trigger with only 1.24% of my portfolio (cost) value.
I also added OKE, another energy company which is focused on gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas and to a small amount of natural liquid gas. As stated in the last report, I’ll continue to add around $1000 per purchase and it feels much better to be able to buy more companies instead of bigger chunks of just one company.



25 shares of GILD (reduced position)

This one is a bit unfortunate. Seeing the drop in share price of GILEAD, I wanted to add more, but had no cash to do so, so I thought, I’ll sell some shares and buy them back when Mr. Market decides it’s time for a dip again. In hindsight, this is exactly the market timing, I wanted to avoid from the beginning. But on the other side, I made small gain and still got 25 shares of GILEAD. I’ll add again to the position if the time is right – even when it means at a much higher price.



MAIN $12.79
HCP $24.01
T $24.37
TIS $26.78
OHI $23.38
AAPL $6.63
HTGC $52.70
KMI $20.83
NE $56.25
STAG $4.89
CPSI $13.60
TPVG $30.60
Total $296.82


As usual the best part comes last – I’ve collected $297 of dividends! Wow! This is almost as big as my all time high from June, but this time it’s different.
Look at all the quality companies which contributed to my ever growing snowball! Apple, AT&T, OHI, HCP .. I love them all.

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6 thoughts on “Monthly Update August 2015

  • September 15, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Hey DivRider. Congrats on the dividend income. Keep it up and glad you’re back at blogging. Thanks for sharing and hope to see more posts bud. Cheers.

    • September 16, 2015 at 12:05 am

      DH, thanks for your visit! I’ll definitely post more – stay tuned! 🙂
      Cheers & good luck to you, DivRider

  • September 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Hi DH,
    Just found your website.
    In 2008-2009 during the accumulation period, we sometime camp out in the beach, cooked the fish that we fished. It was load of fun.

    Nice dividend progress. You are well on your way to FI. Good luck on your journey.

  • September 21, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    thank you for your visit and comment!
    Grilling your own fish on the beach? Wow, this sounds like real fun to me!
    No matter what others say – frugal living is looking very romantic to me.
    Cheers & good luck to you!

  • September 23, 2015 at 12:35 am

    thanks for your comment!
    I will continue building my snowball with full effort!
    Cheers & good luck to you


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