Portfolio Value Update - May 2020

Portfolio Value
In May, my stock portfolio value decreased by $855 and closed at $71,972. I was expecting my portfolio to drop even more because of the shutdowns and high unemployment rate. Our economy is already starting to open so this might be a positive catalyst for the stocks in June. However, I’m not too excited to jump into stocks until Q2 reports are out in August. The Q1 was bad for most companies, but that only includes a few weeks of shutdown in March. The Q2 will reflect April – May shutdowns and June recovery. That will be interesting to read.

Dividends received in May 2020: $361.70
Dividends received in May 2019: $338.72
Year-Over-Year Dividend Growth: $22.98 or 6.7%
Year-To-Date Dividend Income: $2,080.81

The dividend income increased by 6.7 percent from last year, mostly attributed to new stock purchases and dividend reinvesting during the year. However, the dividend growth was impacted by a dividend cut from Pizza Pizza Royalty and by Alaris Royalty’s dividend frequency change. The Pizza Pizza dividend cut resulted in income loss of $3.73 per month. Alaris Royalty changed its dividend frequency from monthly to quarterly payouts. So, that’s $26.81 that I did not receive from Alaris in May.

AdSense Earnings
Adsense earnings from the blog: $0.04
Adsense earnings from YouTube: $205.79
Total AdSense earnings: $205.83

Adsense earnings increased by 298 percent from last year; from $51.63 to $205.83. In May, my YouTube channel had 142.5K views and 687 new subscribers. Adsense earnings from this blog is lagging. I think I will take down the ads from this blog if this trend continues. It makes no sense to keep those ads for pennies. 

I did not make any transactions in May. I will continue to accumulate cash for better buying opportunities.


That’s it for May update! Let me know what you think of my progress. Feel free to share your progress in the comment section below. Thank you for reading and take care!


  1. Hey German, looks like a decent month, sorry to hear about the Pizza Pizza dividend cut. Cuts are always tough to take. Great to hear about all the new subscribers to your YouTube page. Keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks, Matt. Yeah dividend cuts are not fun, but there's no way around it during the shutdowns. Hopefully, things get back to normal soon.