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Where to Go for a Sure Investment?

Used to be a sure investment
Soon to be a thing of the past?

That little wiggle you felt a few weeks ago wasn’t a result of overeating the day before. It was the world shifting. In a meaningful way.

As you may have heard by now, in May, Barclays downgraded Electric Utility bonds across the United States.

For the past several decades, utility companies of all stripes have been one of the best places to park money for safety and income. After all, turning off your power, water, or gas was the last thing you would do if you were in a period of financial difficulty. You might cut back on luxuries, wear your clothes another season, put off retirement savings(!), or even sell you car. By the time you get to the point of not paying your utility bills, you are in pretty dire straits; it’s one of the last places people cut expenses. Add to this the fact that if a utility get into financial trouble (whether of its own making or not) they have a great deal of power to raise their rates. The realpolitik of the situation is that the electric company has you over a barrel, and they know it. When you flip the switch, you want the lights to go on; it’s that simple. Most people will complain about price increases, but they will complain as they are paying the bill. Cutting out water, electricity and natural gas delivery to your home really isn’t something anybody ever wants to do. This is one reason that utility stocks are known as “widow and orphan” stocks; they’re as reliable as anything can possibly be.

Until now.

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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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