On Monday Jason wrote a great overview about dividend investing . Since you now know what dividends are all about, I figured it would be a good opportunity to do a guest post on the subject. I write about the stock market and personal finance at my blog Stock investing 101.
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Dividend investing is the best way to generate passive income and become wealthy, period. It is the perfect example of making your money work for you.
AT&T pays out a 6.7% dividend yield. This means for every 100 dollars of the stock you own you will be given $6.70 a year from the company as a bonus for just being a shareholder of the company. Compare 6.7% to the interest you could get from a standard checking account or a CD. You are getting at least 3 times the return from owning AT&T versus investing in a CD, and that is not factoring in any potential increase in AT&T’s share price.
Most dividend paying companies also offer a DRIP program, DRIP stands for Dividend reinvestment program. If you opt for the DRIP program the money you receive each quarter from owning stock will be used to buy more of the stock instead of being given to you in cash. This is a great way to take advantage of compound interest.
Jason mentioned he purchased 80 shares of AT&T. If he opted for the dividend reinvestment plan those 80 shares would grow to 85.4 shares after just one year. After 5 years his purchase of 80 shares of the company would now have ballooned to almost 110 shares of the company. After those 5 years, assuming AT&T kept its dividend rate steady [which is very conservative when you consider that AT&T has a long track record of consistently raising its dividend] Jason would then be actually getting a 9.3% yield on his original investment. 110 X 1.68= 184.8/ [25.25[share price]X 80= 2020].
The numbers only get more and more impressive and mind boggling over time. In ten years AT&T could go from paying his Netflix membership to making his car payments, in thirty years AT&T could pay his mortgage.
The best thing about this is that there is almost no work involved. After you make your initial investment everything is on autopilot.
Here is a short overview of 5 different dividend paying companies in 3 different sectors to get you started. Remember that this list is not comprehensive in the least bit and it is far from fool proof:
- AT&T: Jason and I have mentioned this company countless times for a reason. It pays out a whopping 6.7% yield, it is in a stable sector that all of us understand, and I don’t see people getting rid of their cell phones or their Internet connection anytime soon.
- Coke: Coke is another great dividend paying company. Its yield of 3.2% is not as impressive as AT&T’s but it is still a great value. Coke raises its dividend religiously so I expect even more from it in the future.
- Pfizer: Pfizer is a huge health care conglomerate. It pays out a very impressive 4.1% dividend yield at the moment and it is a very solid company. It presents a great value to investors.
You will not get 30% yearly returns from investing in dividend paying companies but you will get the best possible return in the long run along with the most stable investment with the least amount of work involved.
If you are interested in learning more about dividend investing, I highly recommend the book The Ultimate Dividend Playbook from Morningstar (written by Josh Peters).
Note from Frugal Dad: After giving it some thought, and investigating the plan with my online brokerage, I have decided to sign up for their dividend reinvestment program. Dividends will be reinvested in eligible securities held in our portfolio, allowing us to build our positions more quickly without an added fee.