First off, I’m terribly sorry about my absence as of late. But I do think it’s all been for a good cause.
While I haven’t been writing new content three times per week like you readers have long come to expect, I have been working hard behind the scenes to solidify the future and legacy of this site and its message.
As such, I’m here today to announce a new, exciting path forward for the site that is more sustainable than ever before.
Well, the time has come to update the Freedom Fund once again as we start another month. The Freedom Fund is my portfolio, and I think it’s aptly named. My portfolio is my way to freedom; freedom from a job I don’t desire to purchase goods I don’t need to impress neighbors I don’t care about. This journey is all about freedom and flexibility. One day, the dividend income this portfolio generates will fully cover my expenses and my time will be completely my own. What could you possibly want to own more than your time?
I’m extremely fortunate that I’m able to post these updates every single month, which shows the power of monthly contributions to investments because of the high savings rate I maintain. It shows how a relatively large sum of money can be built through the power of time, patience and perseverance.
It’s important to keep in mind that while updating the overall value of my portfolio is important for historical reference and keeping track of total return, as well as giving context to the dividend income I earn, my main focus is on the rising dividend income stream the Fund provides.
Another month has passed by and it’s time for me to post an article on my favorite subject: dividend income. The reason why I love to publish articles updating my dividend income is because it’s pure numbers. It’s hard to argue the success of long-term dividend growth investing when you can slowly and surely see dividend income rise over time, getting closer to covering one’s expenses.
A new all-time record for dividend income was hit this past month!
While breaking records for monthly dividend income will be something that a dividend growth investor routinely does if they’re regularly adding fresh capital and reinvesting dividend income, this record is special for a big reason, as you’ll see below.
A cornerstone of dividend growth investing is to stay focused on buying quality assets and ignoring the noise surrounding uncontrollable parts of the economy. I have employed this measure and look for decent opportunities whether the overall market is up or down. My only focus is to increase my dividends/income year after year and try not to time the market in order to attempt outperformance. While there are some good value finds in sectors such as energy, commodities and financials, one sector that was begging some attention in my portfolio was healthcare. I decided to put some cash to work in this sector as I am confident that it will do well over the course of years to come. Healthcare is the one sector seeing robust inflation while the rest of the economy faces either headwinds or stagnation.