I prefer to keep a dividend portfolio in individual stocks rather than in index funds. There are plenty of index funds in my other retirement vehicles.
I like having the various dividends pour in over time. I feel much more hands on watching the various stocks go up and down and dang it, it is just more exciting this way.
The following charts keep track of my monthly dividend amounts;
Wish I knew who to credit for this, “The market is like a boy playing with a yo-yo while walking uphill. Monitor his progress, do not watch his yo-yo.”
Here is the actual Stock Portfolio;
I don’t automatically reinvest my dividends. I let them pile up and then choose a specific stock to plow them back into when the hit the $300-500 range.
Over the years I have fine tuned my approach to stock buying and portfolio building. Here is a post if you are curious.
I also came across this little gem below from Novel Investor. If you ‘open link in new tab’, the interactive model will let you look at each asset class. Just make sure you come back!
Source: Novel Investor
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