(This was originally published in the August 2016 version of The Dividend Growth Newsletter. It is available here.)
What if we were to define retired persons as people who no longer need to keep saving money in order to live the life they want? Retiring early means amassing savings derived from both active income and passive income – as quickly as possible.
The secret to a faster savings rate is to increase passive income starting today. Ongoing increasing passive income offers additional peace of mind and a buffer in case retirees outlive their retirement plans.
Investing in Dividend Aristocrats offers a diversified, lower-risk method to consistently increase passive income.
Case in point: 10 years ago, Coca-Cola’s quarterly dividend was $0.16 with an annualized dividend yield of 2.91%. Today, that dividend is now $0.35 with an annualized yield of 3.22%. It doesn’t seem like much, but at $21.92 per share on Aug. 4, 2006, the dividend yield based on cost today is now 6.38% and passive income has more than doubled over the past decade!