Realize that you don’t have to hold exactly the same stocks over these time periods, just like-minded stocks. In this case, we’re comparing high-yield low-yield-growth companies to low-yield high-yield-growth companies. The latter must also have a special sauce that I’ll reveal below.
Here’s a bonus for this strategy: the actual yield stays about the same over the years, which means your share price is climbing at the same rate as the dividend. That’s a 5-times share price increase for Intel over 20 years. It’s actually done even better over the past 20 years. Pretty sweet.
The Special Sauce
What makes the difference between these companies? MLPs, REITs (real estate investment trusts), and most other high yielding companies pour nearly all of their profits into their shareholder dividend payments leaving very little for investment into future growth. Their dividends grow modestly, usually just a little above infaltion. They give you high yields today; but over the long-haul, they offer essentially a fixed income, much like bonds.
France Telecom SA (ADR) (NYSE:FTE), in contrast, is a company trying desperately to evolve out of the beleaguered land-line telecom industry that is being disrupted by mobile technology. Do not invest for dividends in a disrupted industry no matter how high the yield. Dividends are not guaranteed! Not ever.
Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), in contrast, are all in enduring industries that have and will continue to power and shape civilization for decades to come. Look at your relative yield after time has passed. These companies will trounce fixed-income assets over the long-haul, which liberates us from the trap of post-retirement fixed income. Instead, we can watch our wealth actually grow during our retirement, improving our lot with each and every year.
I might add that this strategy will also work absolute wonders if you are in your 20s or 30s as you are looking at six decades of yield growth. Choose wisely using the Secret Ingredient and the Special Sauce, then remember me with a smile when you retire.
I know this works because I’ve watched it work first-hand over the past 50 years with my parents and grandparents. Each year only got better for them. I intend to obtain the same beneficial outcome, and encourage you to do so as well.
Erik Eason has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Chevron, France Telecom (ADR), Intel, and StoneMor Partners. The Motley Fool owns shares of France Telecom (ADR), Intel, Microsoft, and StoneMor Partners. Erik is a member of The Motley Fool Blog Network — entries represent the personal opinion of the blogger and are not formally edited.
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