Unfortunately, very few people are able to take advantage of the situation enough to even build a secure retirement. The formula to building wealth is rather simple - spend less than you earn and invest the difference. Implementation is where many people come up short. With the right focus and some positive feedback, building wealth can be much easier than shedding the spare tire around your mid-section. Here's how to do it...
Have A PlanMany people are putting money into various retirement vehicles, but they haven’t taken the time to envision how it is all going to come together and ultimately if it will be enough. We often will spend enormous amounts of time planning every detail of our vacation, but I have no idea what our estimated income or expenses will be when we retire.
As the old adage goes, ‘Everyone has a plan – failing to plan is planning to fail.’ Retirement planning does not have to be complicated, but not doing it will complicate your retirement. To help you start the planning process, take a look these FREE retirement calculators (Retirement-Calculator.xls [Excel] or Retirement-Calculator.ods [Libre/Open Office]).
Use Time To Your AdvantageTime is your most valuable wealth building asset. Everyone is born with it. Few realize its importance until they lose most of it. The asset is so valuable it can’t be bought. As a value/dividend growth investor, I have learned that time can cure many mistakes and provide enormous investment leverage.
When you are young time is your friend. It allows to recover from mistakes. It educates you and provides you with valuable experiences. However, time is a double-edged sword that can also work against you. It is easy to say, 'I will start investing tomorrow - I have plenty of time.' Time can also create a false sense of urgency -' I held this stock for over a year and its price has gone nowhere.' Use time to your advantage start young and be patient.
Dividend Stocks To Help Grow Your WealthA long-term buy-and-hold investing approach focusing on quality dividend growth stocks has provided the means for many investors to enjoy a comfortable retirement. If you start early enough, you will go beyond a comfortable retirement into the realm of building long-term wealth. For starters, you might consider these dividend stocks that have been rewarding their investors with growing dividends for 40 or more consecutive years, all with a yield greater than 3%:
The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) is a leading consumer products company that markets household and personal care products in more than 180 countries. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1891 and has increased its dividend payments for 59 consecutive years. Yield: 3.2%
Kimberly Clark Corp. (KMB) is a global consumer products company producing tissue, personal care and health care brands include Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex, and Scott. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1935 and has increased its dividend payments for 44 consecutive years. Yield: 3.2%
The Coca-Cola Company (KO) is the world's largest soft drink company, and also has a sizable fruit juice business. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1893 and has increased its dividend payments for 54 consecutive years. Yield: 3.4%
Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) designs and supplies product technology, and delivers engineering services and solutions to a wide range of industrial, commercial and consumer markets around the world. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1947 and has increased its dividend payments for 61 consecutive years. Yield: 3.4%
Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED) is an electric and gas utility holding company serves parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1947 and has increased its dividend payments for 61 consecutive years. Yield: 3.7%
ConclusionIf losing weight and building wealth were easy, there wouldn't be people wanting to sell you the secret. The first step toward success is deciding to take responsibility for our future. With a little planning, effort and the right dividend growth stocks, we can be well on our way to creating long-term wealth and building a secure retirement.
Full Disclosure: Long PG, KMB, KO, EMR, ED in my Dividend Growth Stocks Portfolio. See a list of all my Dividend Growth Portfolio holdings here.
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