As of today, my net worth is four-times higher after I gave up my permanent occupation. I do not search other occupations anymore; I live off dividend payments and have achieved my first goal. My current annualized dividend income is in a five-digit region and my portfolio dividend yield is around three percent. I plan to double my investments every five to ten years. This represents a yearly return (dividends included) of 7-15 percent. Over the recent 13 years, I realized such a return rate. Summarized, I would be happy to die with a double-digit million amount.
Here is a 10-Year performance from one of my trading accounts:
|Tom Roberts 10 Year Stock Market Performance (Click to enlarge)|
This is not a fake account or a funny picture I highlight. Everything has happend real! It is a real statement from one of my brokerage firms. As you can see in this statement, I earned around EUR 30,000 in dividends over the recent 10 years. Additional capital gains of around EUR 60,000 leaded to a total return of 134.48 percent. I started to trade stocks with 15,000 and as of now the current value of my portfolio is nearly at EUR 139,000. Sure, I saved some money over the years and contributed in total EUR 33,000 to my portfolio but the net amount is still over EUR 100,000.