Dividend Income Update – February 2017

Before we get too far along in the year, I wanted to establish as starting point for my dividend income.  As the year(s) go by,  I can provide updates and explain why it is increasing.

There are three reasons dividend income increases:
– Investing more money and buying more shares
– Dividend reinvestment
– Annual Dividend Increases

Annual Dividend Increases is my favorite reason.  I get an income raise and I’m not investing any more capital or reinvesting dividends. High quality stocks with a commitment to paying dividends will increase their dividends once a year. In my experience, the biggest income raise comes from the increase in dividends per share.  After all, I can only save so much money to buy more shares.

My dividend income in 2016 was $27,019 or $2,251.58 monthly.





So far in 2017 I have increased my dividend income by:
– Purchasing 460 shares of Coca-Cola, $640 in annual income
– Purchasing 407 shares of AbbVie, $1,041.92 in annual income
– Reinvesting dividends from Altria to purchase 93 shares, $226 in annual income
– Sold off MRK in 2016 and COP in 2017. That explains the math difference.

The math for annual dividend income is straight forward.
Shares owned x Annual Dividend per share = Annual Dividend Income

I always like to look at my dividend income in monthly terms for two reasons:
– I think about my salary income monthly terms
– I pay my bills monthly

The goal is to be able to pay all my monthly bills with dividend income. Dividend income is passive income and passive income is the key to Financial Independence.

If you want to see how Dividend Income can grow over time, take a look at my Estimate Compounding Of Dividend Income Tool.  My numbers would look like this:

The 8% for Annual Dividend increase only factors in the stock raising its annual dividend.  Over the last 5 years if include buying more shares and dividend reinvestment, that 8% number is actually closer to 14%.  Plug 14% in there, the dividend income builds very quickly.

Why do you use 100 years?  I am 46 today.  I know I’ll be dead, but I have kids and some day they will have kids, my grandkids.  I want to leave a legacy for my family.  I want them to never ever have to worry about money and be able to pursue work they truly enjoy.  How awesome would it be for the grandkids to start with dividend income around year 35?

Proverbs 13:22 states:
“A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.”

Thanks for stopping by and hope the post has been helpful.

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5 Responses to Dividend Income Update – February 2017

  1. Jon Orlando says:

    Sorry buddy I am a little late to the party on your posts. I like the dividend route and pick some stocks based on this but how does this work with capital gains tax? I haven’t gotten really deep in it and I know it depends on your tax bracket but I was always afraid to get hammered when I cash out.

    • FI Warrior says:

      Hey Jon, Good to hear from you. No problem, I just started posting in late December. For a normal, after-tax account (non-retirement), the highest tax rate on dividends is 20%, so about half of regular income tax max of 39.6%. Married Filing jointly, you can make up to $470,700 and only pay 15% in taxes. Dividend and capital gains are treated way better than regular income. Here are the tax tables for 2017. Regular income tax rates are on the left and dividend and capital gains rates are on the right, http://www.schwab.com/public/schwab/nn/articles/Taxes-Whats-New. I’ll be in FL soon so maybe we can catch up.

      • FI Warrior says:

        And if you are not working at all (retired), you can have $75,900 in capital gains and/or dividends and pay 0% tax. With our deductions, we can have about $105,000 in capital gains and/or dividends and pay 0% tax.

      • Jon Orlando says:

        Yeah that’s lower than I thought for the tax rate I was thinking it was a heck of a lot close to the income tax rate. So reinvesting the dividend is the way to go for the most part at our age? Yes I am aware that I am older than you!!

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