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Old 06-30-2009, 06:39 AM   #21
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As someone who's planning on living off dividends, I'm getting a cold slap here. But perhaps better now than when I'm actually retired.

I was thinking I could retire on about a million or so; perhaps I need to stash two million in the bank?
Or, put aside every cent you can, and lower your standard of living as much as seems reasonable, and eventually the amount set aside and your expenditures will seem consistent.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:05 AM   #22
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Depends upon how much you want to live on and how much risk you are willing to take.
Personally I have a mix of dividend stocks, CDs and bonds.
I plan to have all of my income comming from stocks and I research the companies I invest in. I won't use funds for dividends as I like to have control over the stocks (overweight in financials is a great example of why) although I use them for other classes I know less about.
A couple of years ago a 2-2.3% dividend yield was about par. Now, you can get 3-4% very easily. And you can diversify pretty nicely if you are willing to do the research.
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Old 06-30-2009, 05:30 PM   #23
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I wonder if the Morningstar Dividend Investor at $159 a year is worth it and how their portfolio has fared in this situation. I assume one can do as well on their own if they are willing to do the research and know what to look for.
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