Thursday, July 10, 2008

dividend income milestone - $2,000!

My Favourite Graph - July 10, 2008 Update

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.

Our Annual Portfolio Income has now reached $2,000! The latest dividend raise by Walgreen (WAG) allowed us to hit this wonderful milestone. Please see the graph below for our progress over the past year and one half. Our investment income is now up 126% from one year ago. $5.48/day and counting...

5 comments:

Adam - Natural, Personal Finance said...

Congrats! I love it. You should prepare a little something to show the growth of your dividend income when reinvested to your expected retirement age.

MG (moneygardener) said...

i'll have a look at it adam.

MillionDollarJourney said...

MG, what do you typically do with your dividends? Do you leave them as cash to be reinvested later? Or do you have a synthetic DRIP setup with your brokerage?

MG (moneygardener) said...

Hi FT, I DRIP all dividends that I receive from Telus, Manulife, J&J, and Royal Bank.

I leave the rest as cash. I have pondered synthetic DRIPs in the past however I have yet to set one up. I like getting the cash to re-invest as I please, but I do get dinged with brokerage fees this way.

Paul_Z said...

2,000/year, nice. Keep it up. I set my goal to 30,000/year to cover my living expenses. Currently at about 900/year
-p