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Old 02-27-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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SWR and dividends

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91k Annual expenses
12k work and/or SS
79k Withdrawal required

BUT ... what if I get 10k in dividends ? Do I subtract that from the 79K ?? I'm assuming not since the dividends will fall as the portfolio balance is reduced but I wanted to be sure

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Old 02-27-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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Example:
91k Annual expenses
12k work and/or SS
79k Withdrawal required

BUT ... what if I get 10k in dividends ? Do I subtract that from the 79K ?? I'm assuming not since the dividends will fall as the portfolio balance is reduced but I wanted to be sure

Thanks !
Yes. Your 79k withdrawal is composed of many components - stock dividends; interest; bonds; sale of stock/bonds/real estate/precious metals/etc.
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Example:
91k Annual expenses
12k work and/or SS
79k Withdrawal required

BUT ... what if I get 10k in dividends ? Do I subtract that from the 79K ?? I'm assuming not since the dividends will fall as the portfolio balance is reduced but I wanted to be sure

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Dividends are included in the investment returns which enable a 4% SWR, so you can't double count them.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:10 PM   #4
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Thanks - thats what I tought but then I read a couple of other posts and started to doubt myself.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:15 PM   #5
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Yes. Your 79k withdrawal is composed of many components - stock dividends; interest; bonds; sale of stock/bonds/real estate/precious metals/etc.
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Dividends are included in the investment returns which enable a 4% SWR, so you can't double count them.
Exactly what I do. If I need a $50k withdrawal and there are $30k in dividends then I will have to sell $20k of assets.
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Several of us just live off our dividends, but that doesn't mean that our SWR is 0.0%.

Yes, as the other have already said more eloquently, dividends are counted as part of one's withdrawals during retirement.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:07 AM   #7
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Agree with previous posters but the advantage to having significant dividends is that you don't have to sell as much of your portfolio to support your spending. I don't need to sell anything on an ongoing basis but if I did I think it would introduce another risk factor. IE I sell the wrong stock. If you are in index ETF's it wouldn't matter as much.
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Sell dividends or sell growth. I don't see the difference.
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Sell dividends or sell growth. I don't see the difference.
Dividends are steadier, more reliable, less sensitive to market valuations. CGs are unpredictable.

I can rely more on a 4% dividend than 7% NAV growth. By buying a decent dividend producer, I can reasonably anticipate capital gains on top of my dividends.
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Sell dividends or sell growth. I don't see the difference.
Dividends are pretty consistent.

If you have cash in your portfolio then you can sell assets while they are up and put the proceeds into cash, and use your cassh to top up the withdrawals that dividends don't cover. If you have several down years in a row then you'll have to sell assets when they are lower than you'd like.
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Dividends are pretty consistent.

If you have cash in your portfolio then you can sell assets while they are up and put the proceeds into cash, and use your cassh to top up the withdrawals that dividends don't cover. If you have several down years in a row then you'll have to sell assets when they are lower than you'd like.
That is exactly what I do. My dividends are deposited into a money market and I withdraw from that as needed. As you say, that way I don't get caught in the 'market timing' game...the money is there and ready.
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Go to Bob's financial website and read some of the SWR related papers especially the ones by Bengen - if you haven't already. You'll gain a solid understanding of the some of thinking behind the SWR.

Nice user name btw. All the best.
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Growth versus dividends? Well, to each his own. There is an old Ferengi saying "just make the money which ever way you can!".
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:12 PM   #14
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Thanks for the link Walkinwood.

Just read a thread about how the OP felt s//he was back in college. I'm starting to feel that way too !!! I'm learning SO MUCH here !!! I love it

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Old 07-04-2012, 08:54 AM   #15
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Go to Bob's financial website and read some of the SWR related papers especially the ones by Bengen - if you haven't already. You'll gain a solid understanding of the some of thinking behind the SWR.
This website no longer works and I haven't seen a post from Bob in quite a while. Anyone know why? Hope he is ok.
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Dividends are pretty consistent.

If you have cash in your portfolio then you can sell assets while they are up and put the proceeds into cash, and use your cassh to top up the withdrawals that dividends don't cover. If you have several down years in a row then you'll have to sell assets when they are lower than you'd like.
Just want to point out one thing. Not all dividends are the same. Some companies can pay dividends from their cash flow and still maintain a growing sound business. But some companies are just paying some or all of their dividends while starving the business of much needed capital. In the later case this could just be viewed as a return of your original investment instead of a real dividend.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:34 AM   #17
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Dividends are much less risky than capital gains. My portfolio generates about 3.75% and has been increasing steadily since 2010. Furthermore there were virtually no cuts in 2008/2009 although the yields went to about 7%. I always seem to have trouble deciding when(if ever) to sell and simply spending dividends makes this easier fo me.
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This website no longer works and I haven't seen a post from Bob in quite a while. Anyone know why? Hope he is ok.
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Bogleheads • View topic - Bob's Financial Website - Move to new web host status update

Apparently he's moving things around but things didn't turn out as expected. Some pages are still available (static mode - read the latest posts) but there is no indication of if/when the info will come back on line...
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Because the numerator of one's SWR is really more about expenses than dividends or cap gains, it doesn't really matter much how much I get from divdends or cap gains for the purpose of calculating my SWR.

As for me, I reinvest any surplus of investment income over expenses. My dividends alone exceed my expenses so the cap gains are always reinvested. For example, in my taxable accounts:

$22k Expenses
$30k Dividends
$5k Cap Gains (varies a lot from year to year)

I reinvest the $8k of surplus dividends and all of the cap gains no matter how much they are. My SWR is $20k / my total investments (including my TIRA).

In my TIRA (which I leave alone), I reinvest all dividends and cap gains.
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@Scrabbler. That makes it easy for you. In my case I want to spend virtually all dividends and indeed the size of our portfolio reflects these plans as I spent most of any excess capital on personal use real estate. Keep a large liquid cash balance to smooth out the cash flows. So dividends+pension-small cushion= planned spend. Portfolio consists of very "blue chip" equities.
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