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The Beautiful Math Of Compounding

Thursday, June 10, 2021. Found this piece in my inbox this morning. I love this stuff, because I know it’s all true. I’m personally living it, and I ‘preach’ it to others. THIS is the way to be a good investor.

“The truth is that dividend payments generated by a modest investment might seem inconsequential at first. But through the magic of compounding, it won’t take long before they can begin to make a dramatic impact.

You see, when you buy shares of dividend-paying stocks, the dividends they pay can be used to purchase more shares, leading to increasingly larger dividend checks. These larger checks can then be used to buy even more shares and so on. In time, even a small stake in such stocks can grow into a tidy sum.

Let me show you just how powerful dividend compounding can be.

Let’s say you buy 1,000 shares of XYZ Corp for $10 each — that’s $10,000 invested. If XYZ pays a 5% dividend yield, you would expect to receive $500 in dividends in the first year.

Now, rather than simply pocketing that $500, imagine if you purchased 50 more shares instead.

Of course, those 50 new shares would then generate dividend payments of their own.

So if you reinvested your dividends and left your investment alone for the second year, your 1,050 shares would generate a little more than the first year — $525 in dividends.

If you reinvested those dividends to buy 52 more shares for the third year, your 1,102 shares (1,000 + 50 + 52 = 1,102) would pay you even more — $551 in dividends.

Fast forward through 30 years of dividend reinvestment, and your original 1,000 share stake in XYZ would have more than quadrupled to 4,322 shares.

Wait, It Gets Better…

Of course, that’s a simplistic example. You would hope your shares would gain value over time rather than just stay at $10 per share.

So to complete this example, let’s say XYZ’s stock price gains 8% per year — which is right around the historical average for the broader market. And let’s say the company raises that dividend by a modest 3% per year, on average.

Again, let’s say you take those payments and you reinvest your dividends every year. How much would you make?

As the table below shows, this steady compounding process can yield amazing results over the long haul…

Your original $10,000 investment would have swelled to more than $200,000, without ever adding another penny!

But what would have happened if you didn’t reinvest dividends? The stock would still be worth about 10 times more than what you paid, thanks to capital gains. But without any reinvestment you would have only collected a measly $24,000 in dividends and you’d be left with the same 1,000 shares.

Bringing It All Together

Granted, this is just an example. And not everyone has 30 years to compound their money like this. But on the flip side, there are plenty of stocks that hike their dividends by a lot more than 3% a year, too.

Either way, the results are clear. Successful investing for the long haul is really nothing more than a game of compounding by earning a consistent return and reinvesting your profits back in the market over and over again. There are no shortcuts.

But here’s the fun part… When your portfolio is large enough, you can stop reinvesting and live off the dividends as a second income.

Compounding gives you more time to enjoy life. You don’t have to be glued to CNBC or your computer screen, looking for the next “hot” stock. And you don’t have to worry about what’s going on in China or Russia or the Middle East, either. Your portfolio remains largely unaffected.

The magic of compounding is most powerful when an investor focuses on established companies that throw off a steady stream of dividends. Simply find dependable companies that pay steadily rising dividends, reinvest your payments, and let the math take care of the rest.

That’s why I spend some of my time searching for steady dividend paying securities. Choose to harness the power of dividend compounding to maximize returns over time.”

As you may know, we only reconstructed our safe-dividend growing retirement income generating portfolio only last September, and already our portfolio dividend yield is approaching 4%. Our dividend income is rising all the time, and I measure the rate of that growth quarter-over-quarter, year-over-year, and we are on our way to a financially secure retirement.

Harold F Crowell


4 thoughts on “The Beautiful Math Of Compounding

  1. Richard J says:

    Toss these dividend growers in an IRA enhances the compounding and to really put that compounding on steroids put them in a ROTH. Bahhh BOOM a growing account that will never get a visit from the tax man

  2. Richard says:

    Dig deep into modest IRA to ROTH conversions … estate planning and tax reductions in your late 70s on. I started a systematic plan of IRA to ROTH dripping 5 years ago…looking at the magic million as I round the corner of 67

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