Sunday, 23 December 2012

Income Investing: How do you plan to pay for your retirement?

Imagine that you're 65 years old and you're looking to retire.

If you have $500,000 in savings, how long will that money last?

If you spend $50,000 a year and your saving grows at 7% a year, you'll be broke by age 80.

The savings and investments can only support you for 15 years from the age of 65!!!

What is Income Investing?

Income investing is purchasing stable stocks and bonds that pay dividends and coupons.  If enough stocks and bonds are acquired, the dividends and coupons will provide income for the owner during retirement.

If the income is enough to meet spending requirements, then the equity and par value of the investments will remain or grow with time as income payments continue to grow as well.

How can you invest in companies that will provide benefits now and into retirement?  

Invest in stable companies with low debt/equity ratio that pay dividends.

Always purchase assets that will increase your cash flow next month.  Income investing has a compounding effect in increasing your cash flow.  Using this approach will provide increasing liquidity (dividends) each month, so you can invest in the most undervalued security (either stocks, bonds, or preferred shares).


Income investing provides quarterly payments during retirement.

Income investing provides a constant stream of cash so you can continually take advantage of changing market conditions.

As a rule of thumb, I like to find companies that pay 1/3 of their earnings through a dividend and the other 2/3 into the book value growth of the business (this is growth I don't pay taxes on).

----->  Option 1  ----->  Retained or Pay down debts ---->  Increase in Book Value or Equity
----->  Option 2 ------>  Dividends

Most companies retain some earnings (e.g. 2/3)  and also distribute some as dividends  (e.g. 1/3).

How can I employ Income Investing Techniques

Summary of this lesson

By employing the techniques of income investing, one can prepare themselves properly for retirement. Since income investing is the process of picking stable stocks and bonds that pay decent dividends and coupons, the investor can benefit from the cash flow that’s produced by these securities.
The first way income investing provides benefits to the investor is through liquidity. Since the investor will continually receive dividends or coupons, they then have the opportunity to reinvest that cash flow into the most undervalued asset each month. This compounding cash flow is truly the essence of investing like Warren Buffett. With an ever increasing cash flow, investors can take advantage of market conditions during spikes and valleys.
The second way income investing provides benefits to the investor is during retirement. Since most retirees may need to sell their investments in order to pay their monthly lifestyle expenses, income investing offers an alternative approach. Since the retiree will receive quarterly and semi annual payments from these types of investments, they will continue to have a steady cash flow to meet their lifestyle expenses. Although some retirees may need to pull from the principal, income investing will minimize that withdrawal.
In the end, Income Investing creates more cash flow for the individual employing the technique. It’s Warren Buffett’s opinion that purchasing dividend paying stocks is a very wise decision because of the continued and consistent cash flow that provides liquidity to reinvest your earnings.

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