I thought it would be an interesting experience. Imagine that you were able to accumulate $1000/month that you would invest into a dividend portfolio such as the Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio, how long would it take you to generate a significant amount of money from that portfolio? For simplification purposes, I created a spreadsheet (that you can download later in this post) where an investor would be buying one stock, I used the ticker USDP (Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio). Obviously, an investor would not be buying only one stock. The objective however would be to buy a dividend growth focused portfolio similar to the one I presented some time ago. Thus, for simplification purposes, I used an investor that would be buying this type of portfolio from the start.
In any financial forecast, many different “assumptions” are necessary, here are the ones that I used for my sample investor which I will name John:
-John is able to invest $1000 per month
-Every month, John buys as many shares as he can of USDP
-The shares of USDP start at a price of $100 and pay a dividend yield of 2.86%
-Every year, the price of USDP increases by 2% and the dividend increases by 9% (much lower than the historical growth rates from the sustainable portfolio that we built)
-John reinvests all dividend payments until he achieves his “objective”, in this case $5000.
I think you could probably argue for any one of these assumptions and probably make a case on both sides (too conservative or too aggressive) but I personally think those are easily achievable with the right type of portfolio.
What It looks Like
I simply built a spreadsheet that would be used to calculate the portfolio’s value and payments. You can see an example here.
Obviously, you could easily increase the annual dividends that you will receive by increasing the amount that John invests every month or dividend growth rate. Even more dramatic would be increasing the amount of time. If John uses the same strategy for 20 or 30 years, you can see the dramatic impact it would have on the passive income generated. Yes, that is exactly why we always hear that the most important part of planning a good retirement is starting early. That has much more of an impact than any investing strategy.
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