First year of tracking results are here:
Post of dividend links is here:
I am keeping a list of dividend stocks that have raised by a five year double digit average for when I have cash available.
A thread search for the word "flag" will bring up those posts.
All the retirement literature will tell you that as you get older you put more money into bonds. Have to play it safer they say.
Well, if that is the case, I am going about things all wrong. Perhaps there are more like minded individuals out there.
My goal is to have dividends make a nice contribution when I retire in three years at 55. If things work out, the stocks will pass to my daughters when my wife and I pass away.
I own no bonds, bond funds or mutual funds other than a 401k that is invested 100% in three stock funds. Mutual funds nick you year after year and also have you paying taxes when they want, but I can't turn down the tax deduction of puting a large percentage of my pay in there.
I have 5 laddered CDs to use to get from 55 to 59 1/2 along with dividends from my taxable account. At 59 1/2 I can start taking the dividends from my IRA.
Being lazy, I keep my personal account invested in stocks that pay qualified dividends. Keeping track of cost basis is easy that way. No return of capital, etc to keep track of. Besides, Uncle Sam is limiting the tax on qualified dividends to 15% until at least 2010.
I keep reits, trusts, etc. in my old IRA since I will end up paying my tax rate at the time, on withdrawal.
I invested in my first dividend stock about five years ago, never thinking that I would end up with each account 100% invested in dividend stocks. I found that I liked money coming into my account on a regular basis and also the fact that the yields help hold the stocks up during periods of market downturns. It just happened.
Feel free to tell me I am crazy, talk about dividend stocks, retirement, taxes, the weather, dogs, or anything else you would like. I will confess to being an expert at nothing other than I am going to keep track of my portfolios and dividends on this thread.