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Mini Dividend Investing Project for 2020

I finally got around to doing my dividend spreadsheet, and this is what it looks like for your information.


My goal for 2020 was $12,000 a year in income. I only need $2000 more to meet this goal, and then I might increase it to $15,000 a year to push myself.

Company Number of Shares Div/Share
Annual Dividend
BMO 100 $4.24 $424.00
BNS 360 $3.60 $1,296.00
CSH.UN 1820 $1.91 $3,472.56
POW 227 $1.62 $367.74
RY 181 $4.20 $760.20
TD 70 $2.96 $207.20
HOT.UN 777 $0.85 $660.45
ATD.B 240 $0.50 $120.00
GMP 1754 $0.10 $175.40
MRT.UN 419 $0.60 $251.40
POW 759 $1.62 $1,229.58
QSR 53 $2.00 $106.00
AQN 817 $0.56 $457.52
STLC 542 $0.40 $216.80
FTS 87 $1.91 $166.17
EMA 146 $2.35 $343.10
CAE 1 $0.11 $0.11

I always put them all on a DRIP (Dividend Reinvestment Plan) to buy more and more stock with the payouts I get, but I do track dividend payouts as income for the year, as it is money given/generated from my investments, even if I don’t take it as an income.


I am by no means recommending you embark on dividend investing as a strategy.

Plenty of common sense out there tells you to just stick to boring, unsexy mutual funds like index funds, and they do have a lot of truth in the matter.

I am doing this a a MINI dividend project because the other half of my wealth is in exactly that – mutual funds, which also pay out dividends (about 1%) a year.

I invest IN the stock market as a whole, and through companies in the stock market.

You don’t have to do this.

Even if you invest in mutual funds, you will definitely have dividend-paying companies in their portfolio makeup and you aren’t losing out AT ALL if you just stick to that.

I just happen to also want to accelerate my portfolio with “extra” money on the side to create a stream of income, kind of playing the best of both worlds, you know?

A mutual fund is SAFER, and will provide diversity because if you put a bit of money into 50 stocks in a mutual fund versus the same amount of money into ONE stock, if that one stock tanks, you’re hooped.


How can I find stocks that pay dividends?


You can also look at mutual fund fact sheets and their top 10 holdings for instance, but again, take that with a grain of salt. Just because it is in a mutual fund, doesn’t mean it is amazing.

Just because I have it in my chart above, or in my list, doesn’t mean it is amazing. It can be a disaster with a 50% DECREASE in capital meaning you put in $1000 and it may pay out a dividend but it is worth only $500! WHAT A WASTE!


I have picked clunkers before, but if you truly want my advice on a beginner dividend stock?

Pick a bank. They’re pretty solid in Canada for the most part and unlikely to really go bankrupt unlike other companies.

Other suggestions?

Pick big companies that are well-established (a lot on my list, like Fortis, Emera, Canadian Utilities, etc).


These books are U.S. focused, but are applicable to Canada as well.

The Single Best Investment

The Strategic Dividend Investor


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  1. Sarah

    You’re inspiring me! I’m in 100% index funds (plus a cash cushion/our house), but I do like the idea of living off dividends and never having to touch principal!

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I am in a 50/50 mindset. Having some income on the side to offset my living expenses or to use as “bonus” money — I haven’t quite decided what to do with that money yet, but I want it there as an option. There are lots of good dividend-paying companies out there that are blue-chip, so you don’t necessarily need to go super risky.


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