April 2018, Month review of my Vrijheid Fonds

Month review of my Vrijheid Fonds

Another month has passed and yes, I can update my spreadsheets again and review how the month of April was.

Month review

This is a blog post about my favorite topic, dividends!  I hope this post inspires other people out there to start saving and investing as soon as they can.  The power you feel knowing that you are richer than you were yesterday and you didn’t have to work a minute for it, is a wonderful feeling.



In total I received €411.63 ($496.72) in passive income in April. My Vrijheid Fondshad four dividend increases this month! Ahold raised its dividend with 10.50%, Coca Cola with 5.40%, South32Ltd with 14,06% and finally Wal-Mart with 2.00%. Furthermore I received a special dividend for Franklin Resources. Just click on the company’s name to see more information about these increases. In total my Vrijheid Fonds has had already 9 dividend raises this year.

If we take a closer look, the dividend was coming from:

Ahold Delhaize (AD.AS) €222.77
Coca Cola (KO) €21.98
Franklin Resources (BEN) €8.10
Franklin Resources (BEN) €105.66 (special dividend)
General Electric (GE) €5.07
Realty Income (O) €18.55
South32LtD (SOUHY) €3.33
Vereit (VER) €9.69
Wal-Mart (WMT) €16.48

That makes a total of €411.63. This is a 45.78% increase from last years April. This big YoY increase is due to the special dividend I received from Franklin Resources. Removing that from the equation, I earned €282.36 last year vs. the €305.97 this year, a 8.36% growth from last year, which is still very nice ;-). It feels great when money is coming in that has worked for me!




For an update of my Dividend Income click the hyperlink. In 2018 I received a total in passive income of € 1097.49


Vrijheid Fonds

If we take a look at my Vrijheid Fonds (Freedom Fund), we can see it was a good month. As stated earlier, volatility is back. The markets have recovered from their downfall in February and March, and are now again running toward higher grounds. This had a positive effect on my Vrijheid Fonds.

My total portfolio value at the end of April is €92,832, which is an increase of 5.29% over last month (€88,166). I again donated € 400 of fresh capital to my Vrijheid Fonds and I bought € 370 worth of mutual Funds for my “Safe-haven-sleep-well”part of my Vrijheid Fonds.




In March of this year I received my first check (€270) from one of my side hustles (for more information, just take a look at my side hustle income report March 2018), woohoo!! And as I told you readers in my income report, I have put this extra money to good use. I used this money to fuel further growth of my Vrijheid Fonds! This extra fuel results in more than € 11 of extra dividend in 2018!

Again this month I made a nice step in my journey to financial independence.

How was your month? Did you receive more dividends than last year? I like to hear from you. Thanks for reading!





Because all figures I give are in Euro’s. And because the exchange rates is not constant (duh…) my passive income changes per month (even if the dividend stays the same). For the record: I only post my passive income from dividend the month I received it on my brokers account. And it is after taxes.

9 thoughts on “April 2018, Month review of my Vrijheid Fonds

  1. Tawcan

    Congrats on getting almost $500 in dividend income for April. Interesting you convert the dividend income from Euro to USD. I have just been reporting ours in CAD but don’t convert USD to CAD (1:1 exchange rate).

    Haven’t tallied our Apr dividend income yet (an update is coming), but expecting to be over $1,400. 🙂

    1. Pollie Post author

      Hello Tawcan, thanks for stopping by and taking time to write a comment. I really appreciate it.
      Yes i convert $ to €. I do it so I know exactly when I can live from my dividends.
      I recently so that you don’t convert. That got me thinking. It makes it a lot easier and the yoy gain/loss aren’t dependent form exchange rates.
      Maybe I will change to your method 😃

      I’m looking forward to read your month review. Keep up the good work.



  2. Jung in Rente

    Almost 10% YoY growth even without considering the special dividend is really nothing to be ashamed of! In April, our passive income more than doubled compared to last year. Although that increase is mainly due additional stock purchases in the last couple of months, we also saw a nice dividend raise by Daimler. Hopefully, 2018 will go on like this!

    – David

    1. Pollie Post author

      Hi David,
      I also hope that 2018 will continue like this!
      It doesn’t matter how your passive income grows, as long as it grows (of course within the limits of the law 😃)


  3. Mr. Robot

    Great results as usual Pollie. Gotta love that special dividend! Congratulations on your awesome month. I just did posted my results as well. New dividend record at €20,70. Nothing compared to your month but hey we all have to start somewhere. 🙂

    1. Pollie Post author

      The best thing is to start. Or as warren buffett said: the best day to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the second best day is today!

      Keep up the good work and your snowball will get momentum very soon



  4. DividendSolutions

    Hey Pollie,

    congrats on 411€ in an off-month like April and a 45% yoy increase! The chart of your Freedom Fund is impressive too, we play in the same league;-)
    Curious what your next purchases will be.

    My dividend income for April came in as 164€ with a yoy increase of 136%. Put a smile on my face;-)

    Greets from Germany,

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