All right, so the total this April was $1371.69. This means 9,1% increase year-over-year. Generally speaking I would like to see at least 20% growth every month, so this is clearly below that target. But considering the cash amounts, this is not a realistic target for April months.
If I exclude Nordic dividends from the picture counting only my North American investments, I will get these kind of numbers. April 2017: $147.07 vs. April 2018: $187.52. Increase of 27,5%. This clearly shows that I'm still making good progress within my active portfolio.
Good progress at XEL thanks to dividend raises and additional shares bought. And of course KMB and PPL as new investments compared to last year. But the biggest income producer (within my active portfolio) this month was BNS.TO. Here are my dividends in a graph:
I stayed on the buying front through April and the beginning of May. I added to my existing positions at CU.TO, EMA.TO, ENB.TO, RY.TO, JNJ, MMM, PNW and TGT. But I also have a newcomer in my portfolio: Leggett & Platt, Inc (LEG). This Dividend Champion should bring a nice addition to my quarter-starting months, beginning from July. My Portfolio page has been updated to reflect these trades.
Please note that I don't make any currency conversions here. I report dividends as they appear in their own currency. This time BNS.TO and RCI.B.TO were paid in CAD, all ".HE" companies in EUR, and the rest in USD. Additionally all numbers are before taxes. This prevents currency fluctuations and tax hassles from affecting my progress.
Thanks for reading. Dividend Income page has been updated to include April dividends.
Disclosure: Long all stocks that paid dividend to me in April 2018 plus LEG.