April 2015 Dividend Income Update

Welcome to another dividend income update.  For those of you new to these posts on my site, every month I discuss my approach to investing using Canadian dividend paying stocks and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and how reinvesting the dividends and distributions paid from these investments are helping us reach financial freedom.

When I break it down, our financial plan is rather simple.  We:

  • Buy established Canadian companies that have a history of paying dividends.
  • Hold those companies through market thick and thin.
  • Reinvest the dividends paid by these companies whenever possible.
  • Put some cash leftover from our dividend payments into indexed ETFs.
  • Diversify stock holdings across companies over time.

Now the annual contribution limit for the Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) has been increased, we’re looking at ways to fund our TFSAs in light of our other financial goals this year.

Regardless if money flows into these accounts this year, thanks to existing holdings in Canadian banks, telcos, pipelines, energy and utility companies we’re on pace to earn about $900 per month this year in passive income.

The long-term game plan is to earn enough dividend and distribution income to pay for most living expenses every month, and eventually, not have to work at all.  For this game plan to work, we need to stay invested, keep investing every month as much as we reasonably can and simply ignore most of the financial noise around us. Investing is simple but not always easy.  I’ll keep you updated on where we’re at next month.  Thanks for reading and sharing.

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5 Responses to "April 2015 Dividend Income Update"

  1. Keep tuning out that financial noise and keep collecting those dividends. Earning an average of about $900 a month for the year is amazing. My long term goal is hitting that $1k average a month. I still have a way to go but definitely have my sights on it. Thanks for sharing. I’m still loving the Canadian banks and am happy with my TD, BNS and RY.

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  2. Hello,

    Where can information be found concerning how long a given canadian company has been paying dividend .

    In the USA, The Dividends Aristocrats list is the answer.

    Roger

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    1. Hi Roger,

      Personally, I go to the companies’ website or I email the company I want to buy/own directly using their investors relations department contact information.

      There is another source here, but it’s sometimes inaccurate but it’s free so you get what you pay for:
      http://ca.dividendinvestor.com/

      You might be curious about this post:
      https://www.myownadvisor.ca/reader-question-what-stocks-have-paid-dividends-for-generations/

      Last but certainly not least there is this blogger’s site (DGI&R) one of the best I’ve seen:
      http://www.dividendgrowthinvestingandretirement.com/canadian-dividend-all-star-list/

      Let me know if you have more questions, cheers!

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