I am writing this dividend update in an attempt to compile my quarterly dividend performance for the year. The last update for Q1 was written a couple of months ago (Link Here
The theme of this post will be based on my understanding of the advantage of dividend investing and that is to compound dividends for as early as we can, for as long as we live.
I am sure by now many of you have heard the common saying of “Sell in May and Go Away” phenomenon that has been going around, lurking and prompting investors to sell their portfolio holdings and seek a hideout until the bear comes out. There are some truth in this, as hindsight statistics have proven over the years that resembles many other hidden truths but do note that they are not bound for absolute certainty given how some years they’ve turned out otherwise.
If we take a step back and think what it really means, we will soon realize that they are all but a bull of crap, no pun intended. They are noises to stir around the emotion of an individual, to test and see if they are investors who have a developed mind of their own or simply buying and selling based on what they heard on the street. I’ve been tempted myself not once, not twice but a couple of times, many times in fact over my investing journey and with the ubiquitous of the media stream, I believe the same goes for many.
Now, if you decide to sell them based on the above reason, you will soon find yourself to be in an extremely difficult position to allocate the capital you have at hand as you have to find a better company with a better valuation, which does not come across too often. I’ve shared in my previous post (Link Here
) how difficult it can be for an individual to sell and buyback and unless you’re a proven winner in this category, you are better off compounding those dividends you receive from your company as much, as early and as long as you can. I think that’s a slower but a pretty high success rate in the long term.
|China Merchant Pacific
After tabulating my dividend for all my companies, the 2nd quarter dividend amount came up to $7,848
. Together with the Q1 dividend amount of $3,056, the 1H FY16 dividend amount came up to $10,904, which is still below my targeted amount of $2,000/month or $24,000/year. I’ll keep going and see where it takes me though at the end of the year.
I am treating this dividend income as part of my cashflow which would be reinvested into the market that will give me a higher dividend income in the future which would fund my early retirement, if that is ever going to happen.
If you think that this strategy might work out for you, I’d suggest you give it a try for at least one year and see what happens. For most, I think it’s a pretty addictive exercise to churn out year after year.
How are you doing in terms of dividend in the 2nd Quarter?