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Benefits of the Dividend Investing Strategy

By: GenXinvestor

In this post, I look at the benefits of the dividend investing strategy.  If you follow my monthly dividend income reports, then you’ll know that I’m a big fan of this approach.

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The first thing I like about dividend investing as a strategy, is that it forces us to think long term.  It’s definitely not a get rich quick scheme.  It involves the careful selection of companies and investing in them over a long period of time, rather than buying and selling stocks on a daily basis like a day-trader.

The second thing I like about dividend investing is that it’s a strategy that helps me stay invested during rough markets.  Rather than focusing on the market value of my holdings, I use my rising level of dividend income as a measure of progress.  I find this to be a strong pillar of support during the bad times.

A few months ago, I wrote about how I reached a dividend milestone in one of my investment accounts.  I had crossed the $1000 in dividends a year threshold.  After looking at my account a few days ago I realized that the annual dividend income is now at $1325!  It has increased nearly 33% in just seven months!

This brings me to the third and final thing that I love about the dividend investing strategy: how quickly that dividend income grows.  Three things come together that makes this and investment strategy on steroids.

  1. Investing money from my savings
  2. Re-investing the dividend income each quarter, and
  3. When companies raise their dividend payout.

All three have really given my dividend income a major boost this year, so much so that we’re on track to exceeding our annual goal of $7,500 in dividends.  Now dividend investing is certainly not for everyone, but I find that it’s been working for me so far and I intend to stay the course.

If you liked this article, check out my other dividend investing articles:

Why I Reinvest My Dividends

The Joy of Being a Dividend Investor

Why Dripping is Like Planting Your Very Own Money Tree!

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Why I Reinvest My Dividends

By: GenXinvestor

reinvest dividendsJuly was a phenomenal month for dividend income so I thought I’d write a post on why I reinvest my dividends.  Reinvesting dividends is, along with capital contributions and dividend raises, one of the 3 major components that make dividend growth investing such a powerful investment strategy.

I always have a tendency to reinvest my dividends to buy more shares so I thought it would be interesting to look at what all that reinvested income bought me.

As a matter of habit, I reinvest all of my dividends into the same companies that pay them.  My reason for doing so is that I want to build up long term positions in great dividend paying companies.  I’m not too concerned about the price I pay because the amount of money reinvested is small.

There are several advantages to reinvesting dividends.  First is that, by reinvesting, I don’t have idle cash sitting around doing nothing for me.  I prefer to have my money work for me.  Reinvesting my dividend income, therefore, lets me harness the power of compounding.

I like to keep my investing as simple as possible so I prefer to have my investments run on auto-pilot.  By reinvesting my dividends I don’t need to  actively manage any of my holdings.  I keep buying additional shares and continue to build long term positions in great companies.  

Finally, one of my favourite advantages to reinvesting dividends is that I don’t have to pay any commissions.  That’s right, when you reinvest your dividends, you get additional shares at no extra cost!  I have a trading account with TD Waterhouse so every time I buy and sell it costs me $9.99 in commissions.  By reinvesting my dividends I can scoop up a couple shares each quarter for free.

My total July dividend income was $1,032.  Here is the rough breakdown of what that dividend income purchased:

Bank of Nova Scotia = 6.29 shares for an extra $17.11/year

Toronto Dominion Bank = 5 shares for an extra $10.20/year

KP Tissue = 6 shares for an extra $4.32/year

BCE = 0.493 shares for an extra $1.28/year

TransCanada Corp = 0.239248 shares for an extra $0.50/year

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce = 0.259 shares for an extra $1.13/year

TransAlta = 0.319 shares for an extra $0.23/year

CPD = 4 shares for an extra $2.98/year

XRE = 2 shares for an extra $1.60/year

Overall, by simply reinvesting my dividend income I’ve increased my annual dividend income by $39.35, for an average yield of about 4%.  This is how compounding works and this is how to get your money working in place of you to earn even more money.

What about you?  Do you reinvest your dividends?

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