Friday, July 20, 2012

More options, but it'll cost ya!

Once again, we Canadians are held ransom by cable providers getting deals from a government agency.  The CRTC still does not get it.
Why in heck should we pay more to get the channels we want?  There should be simple supply and demand at play here.  All this stupidity about supposedly protecting Canadian culture when these providers continually just re-package American fare is just idiotic!  This just keeps the bit media companies profitable, not competitive.

Keep out of my wallet government!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A History of dividends, 2005-2012 so far

I thought I'd look over the historical growth of my dividends over the years.  I really started to keep close records around 2005 and that was when I started to really get into investing for dividends.

As you can see I've had some ups and flat periods.  Things flattened out around 2008-2010, then I put more of my wife's capital towards dividend stocks.  We had a nice jump after that point for 2011.  Now you can see we are slowing again as far as growth goes.  With Wendy now taking care of our child, now my income must handle the burden of getting rid of the mortgage and adding to our investment holdings.  As you can see the mortgage has been winning out.
2013 is an estimate based on current dividends and some estimated increases from solid divvy increasers.

I think I'm going to have to try and formulate a plan to at least get a modest growth in dividends in 2013.

Dividends June 2012

My total dividends for June is $1,621.08 from all accounts shared between my wife and I.  The chart below shows my monthly dividend income for 2012.  The months after June are estimated.

The insignificant green bit at the top of the blue bars is interest income.  Since interest rates are so low these days, I don't hold much in interest bearing accounts.

May dividend holdings: ALA, AVF, IPL.UN, AX.UN, BA, BCE, BNS, LW, PZA.UN, STB, SU, KEG.UN, VSN

I bought some more VSN this month from some accumulated cash from various dividends over the last few months.  Another little extra bump to my dividends to come in the next few months.

I've been looking to take advantage of the downturn in the markets, the VSN buy in June is my first buy.  I just need a bit more cash.  :-)