Originally Posted by accountingsucks
Whenever someone quotes an expected equity rate of return in their retirement calculations, does that include dividends? I have a detailed Excel sheet and for equities for my taxable accounts I am forecasting a 4.5% return and on non taxable accounts I'm forecasting 6.5% . My equities yield around 3.5% in dividends. Should I then forecast 6.5 + 3.5 for a 10% yearly return or is it assumed that the 6.5% or whatever number you use includes dividends? I think generally they do not. If equities have historically yielded 8% or so, then with dividends should we not expect over a 10% return over the long term?
Ordinarily these return assumptions do include re-invested dividends, often quarterly. Just see if your
source for your
number does or does not.
From what you have said, I would guess that it probably does.