Just like interest, dividends are a powerful addition to ones investing hand.
When re-invested in good companies they can make an average return a spectacular one over the long-term.
In the Share Investor Portfolio, which has been in action in one form or another for the last 7 years I have received just over NZ$113,000 in dividends and tax credits, not bad for a portfolio that is worth only around $320,000 on today's valuation and one that has been considerably smaller in its early days.
All of the cash has been reinvested back into the portfolio, as have the tax credits which I am able to use fully.
The bulk of the dividends come from just one stock, Sky City Entertainment Group [SKC.NZ] making up over half the booty, then much smaller amounts from The Warehouse Group [WHS.NZ] Freightways Ltd [FRE.NZ] and Mainfreight [MFT.NZ] until they taper off to just a couple of thousand for the smaller stock holdings.
While dividends are not always a sign a company is doing well, often a higher dividend payout reflects that a company's cash turnover is a good one and then they are able to pass that turnover onto the shareholder.
A high dividend though should never be the only criteria for buying a stock.
I expect the dividend contribution to the Share Investor Portfolio to at least pay enough as to provide enough income over the next ten years to double the value of my investment, regardless of any capital value fluctuations from week to week and year to year.
Just what a good business should do.
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