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And in Reply…

My last post about knowing when you’re able to retire based on your dividend income elicited some good questions and counter-points from Robb at Boomer and Echo. The answers I have would have involved a rather long response in the comment section, so I decided to reply in a new post. For the record, here is what Robb said:

I used to think this way, how­ever I don’t think it’s real­is­tic to live off div­i­dends and never touch your cap­i­tal in retire­ment. First of all, any RRSP sav­ings will even­tu­ally be con­verted into an RRIF and face stiff with­drawal rates. Sec­ond, what if you want (or need) excess cap­i­tal in one year to pay for a car, new roof, large vaca­tion, etc.? You’d prob­a­bly look to sell off some stock to access the cap­i­tal. Finally, there’s the poten­tial to work longer than needed in order to reach a tar­get div­i­dend income stream. It’d take a mil­lion dol­lars in cap­i­tal to spin off $35,000 to $40,000 in div­i­dends. Why wouldn’t you want to tap into that mil­lion dollars?

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Dividend Investing Makes Retirement Threshold Obvious

Dividend investors know exactly when they can retire.
Dividend investors know exactly when they can retire.

I’m sure it’s just coincidence, but I’ve come across a lot of “When do you know you’re ready to retire?” articles the last little while. — EDIT: Just this morning, Robb at Boomer and Echo has written a post on this very topic. — After reading a few of these, it struck me that I had never really considered the question of when I would reach my (financial) retirement threshold. It’s not just because retirement is so far away, or because I haven’t taken the time to make a specific goal. The reason is because, as a dividend investor, the answer is so obvious that almost no thought is needed.

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Investing Based on Principles: Tuning Out the Financial Porn

Investing Princples
Getting financial info from a newspaper. How quaint.

With the advent of the Internet, stock investing was suddenly democratized. In a very few short years, it became possible for “regular folk” to invest directly in the stock market. Individual investors were no longer obliged to trade through a stock broker. Mutual funds didn’t need to be bought through a bank. Fees and returns could be compared easily. Information about companies financial situations was available for anyone who took the time to visit a company’s website and spend the time reading the vast quantities of information posted there. All of this is great; more information is always better, right?

Well, no. Especially when you’re getting started. Too much information quickly becomes confusing, and very shortly thereafter, overwhelming.

Like anything else, too much information is a bad thing. (Caveat: This is true unless you’re a professional investor, or investing is your chosen hobby.)

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