Of all the Excel charts and graphs that I keep in managing our personal finances and investments, I must admit I am partial to one. I have explained previously how powerful I believe dividends can be, as well as how I consider them crucial to our investing philosophy long term. Dividend increases mean more money in your pocket, and they have the added benefit of being one of the more permanent aspects of investing. The graph below is immediately affected in this relatively permanent way every time a company that we own raises their annual dividend, as well as every time I add new shares of a dividend paying company to our non-registered portfolio. It is this relative permanence of value that really has me routing for this graph to rise week to week and month to month.
In this April 12, 2008 Update - Our Income from Investments is up 24% since January 30, 2008.
Current Total Annual Income From Investments Per Year = $1,890
Current Total Annual Income From Investments Per Month = $157.46
Current Total Annual Income From Investments Per Day = $5.18
One Year Income From Investments Growth Rate = +330%
One way we like to think of our income from investments, is that we currently have a third income in our household, this 'person' earns $1,890 / year (taxed very favourably).
My spiffed up 'favourite graph' below is plotted at the end of each month.