Normal Year-End Updates

- Changed year from 2008 to 2009
- Updated the default MMA Yield to 3.54%

Projected Information Section

This section was significantly reworked and expanded. Recently, I noticed a logic flaw in the NPV of MMA Differential calculation. The NPV was being calculated on a series of differences between the cumulative values of the stock and MMA. I added an annual calculation (row 23), below the errant calculation (row 22), which I left and continue to calculate a NPV of. The errant calculation generally followed the correct annual calculation and when calculating a NPV allowed for a wider range. The new correct NPV is found in cell B50. In an effort to calibrate the correct calculation, I will watch both during 2009.

Previous models only included the No Price Appreciation calculation. In his version, I added two other alternatives: Price Appreciation = Dividend Growth and Dividends/Interest Not Reinvested. Each are described below:

No Price Appreciation

This model assumes that the share price remains constant, thus the dividend yield grows each year based on the dividend growth rate. It also assumes all dividends and interest are reinvested.

Price Appreciation = Dividend Growth

This model assumes that the share price grows at the dividend growth rate, thus the dividend yield remains constant. It also assumes all dividends and interest are reinvested.

Dividends/Interest Not Reinvested

This model is identical to the No Price Appreciation model, except the dividends and interest are not reinvested.

The NPV of MMA Differential and the Sum of MMA Differential for each of the above calculations is found on rows 50 and 51.

Of the various models, I think that the Price Appreciation = Dividend Growth model provides the most realist results, but I generally do not use it because it includes capital growth, which is not accessible unless you sell the security. This runs counter to a income-based buy-and-hold philosophy.

If you run across any bugs or glitches, please be sure to let me know.

Disclaimer

This model is for illustrative and educational purposes only. The author and Dividends4Life makes no claims or assertions as to the model's accuracy, completeness, appropriateness of use, or any other claim or assertion. You should not rely on this model or base any financial decisions on it.