Portfolio Value Update - December 2018

Welcome back to my blog! How does it feel to be in 2019? Time flies. 2018 is officially behind us and here’s the last monthly update of last year.

Portfolio Value 
As of December 31, 2018 my investment portfolio balance stood at $60,126. That’s a decrease of $2,058 from last month. December was the worst performing month of all times. Take a look at the graph below. The TSX was 15,200 points on December 1st and ended up with 14,300 points by December 31st. So the whole market took a hit, again. The last three trading days, stocks rallied which helped my portfolio to close above $60K mark.

Dividends received in December 2018: $412.87
Dividends received in December 2017: $348.19
Year-Over-Year Dividend Growth: $64.68 or 18%
Year-To-Date Dividend Income: $3,356.79

Although I had the worst portfolio value return, I can’t say the same about dividends. December was the highest month for my dividend amount. Even though it was over $400, I will not count that as a new milestone because I did receive a special dividend from First National (TSE:FN). Excluding a special dividends, my regular earnings would have been below $350. The total amount of dividends for 2018 was $3,356.79. I was forecasting to receive $3,000.

Adsense Earnings
Adsense earnings from blog: $0.68
Adsense earnings from YouTube: $236.03
Total Adsense earnings: $236.71

Adsense earnings were high, mostly attributed to my Youtube channel. 60% of earnings came from Holiday related videos which were in high demand in November and December. I expect my earnings to come down in January because of lower demand for Holiday videos. I also uploaded seven more videos in December. You can check them out here.

In December I transferred $700 to my TFSA account. As of January 2019, my monthly contributions will be lowered to $575 per month. This is because I only have $6,900 of contribution room left in my TFSA account.

On December 12th, I bought 11 shares of Restaurant Brands International (TSE:QSR) for $71.70 per share. QSR is a fast-food chain holding. They own Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes. I want to build a solid position in this company mainly because of Tim Hortons. They plan to open 1,500 stores in Asia over the next decade. I think it will be a successful expansion.

Performance Charts - Last 3 Years


  1. Very nice month DIS! Congrats on the dividend income growth. I was impressed by the Youtube channel and the income received from there. Smart and I"m sure all the holiday videos on your channel contributed to the pop received during the month. Enjoy it!


    1. Thank you, Bert! YouTube can be a great source of income if your videos are getting views. I'll keep posting my youtube earnings in monthly reports.

  2. Happy New Year! I had a similar situation in December - portfolio is down quite a bit -but had my biggest dividend month ever!

    Best of luck in 2019!

    1. That's nice! Yes, December was a big dip on the market, but now the first week of January, most of the stocks I wanted to buy are a lot higher.

  3. woot go German Go

    Awesome to see all those youtube earnings! My son keeps watching kids playing with toys and im like dam you could make a channel....

    Maybe me and him should try!

    Anyways great work in 2018! all the best in 19


    1. All the best in 2019. Kids love watching those videos. My daughter watches those videos all the time as well. I actually opened an account for my daughter to film gift unpacking, games and challenges. When she grows older and she still has the account, that would be a great passive income for her. Some kids channels have millions of subscribers and millions of views. They make more than their parents! Anyway, you should definitely try.

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