Suppose I'm successful, my average monthly dividends will be like the chart shown below:
Sounds theoretically good right?
A few factors (positive and negative) that will deviate me from this ideal path:
1) $35k savings p.a.... I managed $50k savings in 2009, and I might be able to exceed it this year. In addition, the semi conductor company I worked in is reporting it's first profitable quarter, and with the reduction of rivals, consolidation is occurring in this industry. More profitable years are expected... and salary increases are expected... helping greatly in the $1k extra savings p.a.
2) I managed to achieve $50k savings in 2009 as a fresh grad because of my side income from giving tuition... But would I be able to sustain this lifestyle for the next 10 years till 35 yrs old where according to my table, my passive dividend income would reach $3.7k? A big unknown factor here.
3) 7.5% yield p.a.... Sustainable? Some might say that 5% is more reasonable...
4) When prices are over valued, I might sell some of my dividend holdings, resulting in a decrease in dividends. I might also make mistakes in choosing companies, which will result in decreasing dividends as well.
5) I might have a lost year or two in dividend investing when I get married or buy a property.
6) Potential capital gains/losses are not taken into account! Hence, actual gains could be more than 7.5%!
There could be many more factors, but the general result should still be about the same. Save + invest savings prudently will eventually lead to a respectable amount of passive dividend income.
Maths is so interesting sometimes...