The following information is to show how a slow and steady approach to building your dividend portfolio, can lead to building a stream of passive income you can live off of. January 2017 saw my best single month of dividend income, breaking $2900. Looking back at January 2008, exactly 9 years ago, I had $0 in passive income that month. Last year (2016), I rolled over my retirement plan and invested it in individual stocks. Ideally, I will eventually go back prior to 2008 and pull some dividend information, but lets be real, that will probably never happen. In 2008, that was the first year my brokerage company allowed for dividend reinvestment, so that’s why I started tracking it that year.
The information is broken down into 3 sheets (look at the tabs at the bottom): Monthly, Quarterly, and Annually.
Hopefully, this information inspires anyone looking to hit FIRE (financial independence, retire early). It can be done.
Again, this is just the dividend income (passive) and does not include any capital appreciation.