Passive Income Update – Feb 2018

Welcome to our monthly passive income update for February 2018. This is part of the scorecard series where we track our dividends and other sources of passive income. We also include changes and updates related to our investments during the month – showing the overall progress.

Passive Income  Update

Passive income for the month of January 2018 was C$763.07. The passive income for the month comprised of US$215.35 and C$487.42 (exchange rate is US$1 = C$1.28).

Passive income change is -21.4% QoQ and +3.12% YoY for the month. The passive income YTD is $1,627.84 and achieves 14.8% of our annual goal of earning $11K.

Income Sources

Passive income contributing entities:


  • Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO)
  • Inter Pipeline Ltd (IPL.TO)
  • Kinder Morgan Inc (KMI)
  • Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (OHI)


  • BMO Aggregate Bond Index ETF (ZAG.TO)
  • BMO EM CAD Hedged Bond ETF (ZEF.TO)
  • Vanguard Emerging Market Bond ETF (VWOB)
  • Scotia Diversified Monthly Income Fund (mutual fund)


  • I wrote three options covered calls options contracts on Pan American Silver Corp (PAAS.TO)


The breakdown of our passive income contributing entities: dividends & options totaled $338.78 and other passive income totaled $424.29. Read more about why we consider this as passive income in the Passivity Index post.

Portfolio Activity

Dividend Increases

February saw three dividend increase announcements in our portfolio.

  • BCE Inc (BCE.TO) raised its dividend by 5.23%
  • Brookfield Asset Management (BAM.A.TO) raised its dividend by 7.14%
  • Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP.UN.TO) raised its dividend by 8.05%

Added Positions

During the month, we added the following position to our portfolio




  • I wrote 3 PAAS.TO covered call contracts – see option tracking sheet here

That’s all folks! Hope you had a great February as well. Be sure to share your thoughts, comments or concerns below. I love hearing from the readers.

Disclosure: Our full list of holdings is available here.

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8 thoughts on “Passive Income Update – Feb 2018

    • REITs sure are taking a beating with the rates rising. I still think its a good idea to load up — the Fed may end up reversing its course once they push the rates too far and defaults surge.


  1. That’s a healthy total for Feb. from multiple sources. I still never jumped aboard the options train but see it contributing nicely to your monthly total. Showing a year over year increase just affirms you are doing the right things. Keep up the good work.

  2. JC says:

    Nice stuff R2R. Over $700 for February is fantastic. Our pure passive income via dividends was kind of blah but if you add in the active options income we crushed it with around $2,400 total for the month. How much are you seeing from your crypto mining on a monthly basis? Has it been doing pretty well for you?

    • Thanks JC. Thats pretty amazing that you were able to generate $2400 in options. Crypto is a very small part — I am experimenting with this provider and bought a very small contract, it generates about $15-$20 /month right now


    • Thanks PCI. Options can be a bit tricky as you have to take what a market gives you. I am looking to simply use an ETF instead of trying to time something and generating small returns and losing a portion in fees. BMO seems to have some good ETFs that use options income to juice the yield.


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