Investing is a great hobby. I like to do it and it makes me money. What is even better, it creates a passive income stream that can pay for expenses in the future. However, at the moment I’m just investing without a plan. I have no idea where I will end up. To get things a bit more clear I am trying to create a 25 year plan in which I calculate the value of my portfolio and the height of dividends for the future.
For this calculation I used very conservative numbers. I assume a 3% growth of value for my portfolio and I kept using a 4% dividend which means that the dividend would grow in line with the value increase (which is 3%). Further I deduct 15% in taxes from the dividend.
I assume that I can keep a contribution of € 5.000 a year in fresh capital. For calculation of dividends I calculate the 4% over the value the portfolio had the year before and I use half of what it increases that year since I will get the increase in value during the year and not all the new money can pay dividends for the whole year (I hope this makes sense 🙂 ).
Without further ado, let’s get over to the interesting part!
25 year plan
|Year||Fresh addition||Total money invested||Dividend earned||Realized investment||Realized dividends|
- Value growth of 3% per year
- 4% Dividend on average
- Dividend grows in line with value (3%)
As you can see, with the numbers I used, I should receive roughly € 10.000 Euro a year in dividends after 25 years. Is this a reliable estimate? Probably not. So much can change and my assumptions could be completely wrong. I could add more or less than the 5.000 a year and who knows what happens with the world in 25 years.. That’s also why I used conservative numbers. usually that means the real situation should look brighter and I like that!
Still, 10.000 a year in additional income combined with a house that is completely paid for should give us a lot of room to at least work a lot less than what we are doing now. And we already work only 4 days a week. I still regret it a little that I didn’t find dividend growth investing 10 years earlier, but aside from that, I’m very happy with what I’m doing.
Do you make a 25 year plan (or other long term plan) for your investing? How do you make it and are you satisfied with the numbers you get? Also, what do you think of my 25 year plan? Any advice on improving it is also more than welcome! I’m looking forward to your reactions!