It’s time for the monthly dividend income update. As always, you can find the updated info any time in the Dividend Income Spreadsheet and the Portfolio Spreadsheet.


  • Dividend Income for May 2018: $726
  • Year to year growth: 115%
  • Purchased Oaktree Capital for $4,000
  • Reinvested Dividend in Novo Nordisk and Nordea
  • Traveling to Fukuoka, Kyushu, and Okinawa

Living While Saving

May is the month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Now that May is in the books, it’s time to write the monthly dividend income update. Here in Tokyo, I’ve had spring ever since the Cherry Blossom Season started.

As always, before we move on to simple things such as talking about money, I want to share the plan for the upcoming weeks. As you know, I’m based in Tokyo, so the plan for this week is to fly from Tokyo to Fukuoka before heading over to Kyushu with a couple of friends.

We are going to rent a car and just drive around in the prefecture. I’ve been to more than 25 countries around the world and one of the things I’ve learned is it’s good to have an overall plan, but never follow a detailed plan. Be spontaneous, just go somewhere and enjoy the moments. That’s what I’m planning to do and I can’t wait to climb the volcano, Mount Aso.

The weekend after that I’ll be heading over to Okinawa with more friends and walk explore the small Island of Kume. My plan is to sit on the beach, watch the sea along with my friends while drinking a ton of beers all night long.

Travel Tip:

If you want to travel everywhere, decrease your need for comfort and your budget expands ten-fold. I swear. Hotels can easily cost $100 or $200, but a cheap homestay or hostel will only set you back $10 to $20. Dropping $100 for accommodations is wasted money in my view. Money which I could use on adventures and activities. Do you really need that comfort?. It’s all about what you’re used to and think you might need.

Dividend Income

The total dividend income for May landed on $726 which is a 115% increase from May 2017. I find that highly satisfying since the prior dividend payment in 2017 was $327 which isn’t bad at all. However, the snowball is gaining speed month by month.

The total dividend for 2018 is now 14,012 NOK or $1,729 which means a 51.79% increase from 2017.

Dividend per Month, Day and Hour

SleepMoneyTotal™ from Mr.Robot

The SleepMoneyTotal™ is the name suggested by a loyal reader, Mr.Robot. It shows how much money I make while I’m sleeping. So far, it’s only $3 or 21 NOK, but I can’t wait to see a much larger number here. The knowledge that you earn money while you sleep is highly satisfying. 

Accumulated Dividend Income

Portfolio Action

As you can see from the summary, I bought shares in Oaktree Capital for $4,000 around the middle of May. I also promised to write a huge blog post where I explain how I did but it will have to wait a while as I’m too busy with a lot of things. Writing takes up a lot of my time. Writing for the sake of writing results in bad quality, and that’s something I want to avoid. Stay tuned and you will see a quality post as soon as my schedule clears up.

Other than that, I reinvested the dividend into Novo Nordisk and Nordea which both trade at a 20% discount which is more to my target price.

Forward Dividend Income for 2018, 2019 and 2020

As a result of my dividend reinvestment, my dividend payment for 2019 and 2020 (excluding reinvestment and adding more capital) is $2,975 and $3,174. Huge numbers which will grow even further when I redeploy my dividends.

That’s it.

Take care,



Mr. ATM · June 6, 2018 at 5:45 am

Very nice Stockles! You are living the life to its fullest 🙂 25 countries? That’s amazing. I’ve only visited a few countries. You are doing the right thing and travelling the world while still young. I might have to wait for BA to build a hypersonic plane before I could take my next overseas trip. Ha!

As for dividend growth target, I set a minimum target of 10% annually. It’s 5% from organic div growth and other 5% from div reinvestment. Though, normally I can hit much higher than 10% growth in a year, more like 20%. This year should be a real good one, given some huge div increases earlier this year.

Anyway, I need to catch up on your other posts a bit later, I’ve been behind on the blogging front, other distractions 🙂

Take care

    Stockles · June 6, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Hi Mr. ATM! 🙂

    So far I’ve been to the following countries:
    Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Czechia, Greece, Turkey, America, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan and Australia.

    I’ve lived for a longer period of time in Stockholm, Singapore, Sydney, Tuyen Quang (Vietnam) and Tokyo.

    My favourite countries are Indonesia and Japan (due to the combination of culture + adventure (surfing, hiking and yoga) and nice humble people. But I’m also very found of Lisboa (especially Eiriceria) in Portugal.

    – Hah, man, you need to find a way to enjoy the long trips. I don’t mind doing it. Just do some spreadsheet work a couple of hours and watch Netflix. Works smoothly for me.

    20% YTY growth. Amazing. I feel like you’re sitting on so much knowlegde but in some ways you’re limited by the fact that you need to use a blog to explain. Can’t imagen how much good info you could share if you did Youtube or something (but hey, it’s a hazzle so I get it)

    Btw, I’m glad you don’t have the time to read my posts. Enjoy life and your “other distractions” =)

    See you,

      Stockles · June 6, 2018 at 8:06 am


      Yesterday, the CEO of Nestle Nespresso Japan held a presentation for me and a group of people. He is moving over to Philip Morris now, but shared lot’s of great knowlegde and we got to ask some important questions. Will write a summary about what I learned from his talk soon.

        Mr. ATM · June 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm

        Nice. BTW do you still see lots of people smoking in Japan? I know it was the case three years ago when I was visiting.

          Stockles · June 20, 2018 at 5:16 am

          Sorry for taking so long to respond. Now I can finally write on a computer again:

          Do I see people smoking. Well, it depends on where you are. In tokyo, very few. Most places, like Shiboja and such got certain places on the street where one can smoke. Are they crowded? Not really. I see more e cigarettes than normal cigarettes. However, if one goes to Osaka, Okinawa or Nagoya, smoking becomes a bit more popular.

          I often see advertisment done by Philip Morris with logos and so. I think smoking is far more common in the rest of Asia, especially Vietnam and Indonesia. There, it’s almost more normal to smoke than not to smoke.

      Mr. ATM · June 6, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Very impressive travel history you got Stockles.

      I’ve become somewhat lazy Stockles. That’s what happens sometimes when you retire. It’s like life is good enough that I don’t bother to do anything too exciting like traveling abroad. I think about all the hassles of planning a trip then a long flight and having to carry a passport all the time (btw do you carry your passport all the time with you when traveling or leave it at the hotel?). Some countries require foreigners to always carry their passports with them, I think Japan is one of them.

      I know I’m a complainer but I hate hassle, especially nowadays when my life is so good and hassle/stress free.

      As for doing Youtube, I actually talked about doing presentations on dividend investing (like the one you did) for a local tech club. But then I thought what’s the point? Most people will get bored and not going to pay attention anyway, they will continue to do what they do, which is spend and spend and remain afraid of the market. Besides I’m not a financial professional like yourself so why would someone want to listen to me? I feel the same way about blogging too these days or maybe I should figure out how to monetize my blog, but again that would be an additional hassle that I don’t need.

      On the positive note, we will be bringing our new puppy home soon, so he will keep me quite busy. Will continue blogging for now, but at a slow pace and continue to read my favorite blogs like yours.

      Take care

        Stockles · June 20, 2018 at 5:28 am

        Thank you my friend.

        I just try to do what feel right for me. At the current state in life, that means exploring and seeking risk and adventures. One thing I need in life is to feel uncomfertable and alone. Maybe a bit strange, but that’s what I’m craving.

        I do need to carry a passport, or residence card in my case when I check in to hotels & hotels. Way more difficult in Australia though were you need to party with your passport because they don’t accept regular cards. I screwed up there a few times to say the least (giving my passport to a random girl because I don’t want to carry it, then loosing the girl. Not always so rational when tequila decides my actions).

        I get that, and I think it’s good. Seems to me you have reached a gratitute or acceptence state (which buddism is all about) and in so, you don’t need to look at the other side of things. Things are just fine the way they are. I suppose the question is if you want life to be fine and stress free or if you like the ups and downs.

        I hear you brother. It’s hard to really get a good message through. I just do blogging for myself because it helps my progress. If people like it, cool, but I’ve gone away from trying to teach people about investing. It’s boring and I can’t afford to spend that much time on strangers.

        I’ve seen the photos of your puppy. Like him already. You got to learn him this trick (I did with my dog –

Dividend Daze · June 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

The trips looks amazing. Going to all those countries. Nice scenery, etc. And looks like you have done it again on the dividend front. Another month over 100% growth as well as crushing the all time record for single month. What a year so far. Keep it up!

    Stockles · June 20, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Hi Daze,

    Trip ended up to be quite the journey. A typhoon hit us so we were stranded on an island for 3 days. Quite fun because you’re forced to enjoy yourself with little. We hiked and drank a lot of spirits which is something I always enjoy.

    Yeah, it’s just crazy. And now over 350% for this month. FI getting closer!

Mr. Robot · June 6, 2018 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for the shout out Stockles, its great to see your SleepMoneyTotal™ graphs! Love the fact that you kept the name! 🙂

Great pictures. Japan has always been on my to go list. Your pictures only reaffirm my thoughts.

Keep enjoying the life my friend!

    Stockles · June 20, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Hi Mr. Robot,

    My pleasure buddy 🙂

    You should go! Worth every penny for sure.

    Thanks for commenting and keeping me motivated to stay on the track and publish the spreadsheets. Glad that you want to follow along!

Dividend Diplomats · June 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm


Nice job and it all sounds amazing. Truly aspiring seeing what you are doing!


    Stockles · June 20, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Hi Lanny!

    Thank you for posting results after results and keeping us other motivated. We all help each other. Lot`s of great value in the market now. Looking forward to buying a few more shares in Dominon Energy.

    See you!

Engineering Dividends · June 9, 2018 at 9:29 pm

Whoa, nice month, Stockles! You blew right past $400, $500, $600 & $700 in dividend income for a month. That’s an impressive feat. I see you even have some June amounts already banked.
I enjoyed all the pictures from your travels. It sounds like you are truly enjoying yourself. Take care.

    Stockles · June 20, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Hi Engineering Dividends,

    Haha what happened there?! From $300 to $750 is just crazy. Hope I can keep this up in the future!

    As we speak, I think the gain for June is around 350% which soon puts me in the grean area in the dividend meter bar. Need to adjust the goal I suppose.

    Glad you liked the photos. I try to mix between money and life. I think it makes things a bit more interesting, aswell as one makes sure money is only a tool for enjoying life.

    Thanks for stopping by!

Dividend Portfolio · June 10, 2018 at 6:45 am

Congrats on the huge increase in dividends from last year Stockles. I also like the graphs and the SleepMoneyTotal.

I agree with your point about reducing your comfort level so you can enjoy your travels even more. You’ve visited an impressive amount of countries. That’s just got to be awesome!

    Stockles · June 20, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Hi Dividend Portfolio,

    Thank you my friend. I’ll keep doing doing it then!

    It’s insane how much money one can save. If you only travel for 5 days, then the saved amount isn’t that big. But if you do 2 weeks or 4 weeks, one can save a ton of money by mixing hotels and hostels. It’s also so much more fun to stay at a nice place and having a great breakfast after staying at a very basic place.

    Thanks for stopping by

Torsten Tiedt · June 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm


thanks for publishing your monthly income once again and showing us all these nice pictures. As an example to follow, I added you to the list of Income Heroes available here.

I hope you like. Keep on your good work,


    Stockles · June 20, 2018 at 5:44 am

    Hi Torsten,

    Wow, thanks you so much adding me to the Income Heroes. I must say, I really like your site and the data you gather. Very impressive. I’ll add you to my blogroll!

      Torsten Tiedt · June 20, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Thank you. That’s helpful to me, too.

      Wish you the best!

DutchIndependence · June 16, 2018 at 5:43 pm

Nice photos! I almost forgot the post was about your income, also I really like your summary at the top!
Seems like you had a great month, keep up the great job!

    Stockles · June 20, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Hi DutchIndependence,

    Thanks! I try to make sure that in every dividend income report, I include the positve stuff happening in my life. Makes it even more fun to write the report.

    Thanks for joining the journey!

Reverse The Crush · June 22, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Thanks for sharing your dividend income numbers, Stockles! Amazing results with $726 ND 115% YOY growth! I also like your strategy to travel without a detailed plan. It’s awesome to just go and enjoy the moments. Btw, great layout for your dividend report. Thanks for sharing the great photos. Keep it up!

    Stockles · June 24, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Hi Reverse The Crush,

    New on my blog? Glad to have you onboard!

    Thanks! 2018 is a crazy year and it’s very fun to be able to produce such numbers. I’m very happy with the $726 income and the growth, because that’s a huge number and when I reinvest it into quality stocks, I know it will become even bigger next year.

    Also, thanks for the comments about the layout and pictures. Seems like people want to have a mix, so I will continue to provide my idea of a the dividend income report.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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