We would love to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! Many years ago, between 6 and 4 BC, Christ was born. Christmas is a special day to celebrate the birth of Christ. For many people, it’s a heartwarming festivity to gather with friends and family to enjoy a great feast and exchange greetings and presents.
“As the well-known story in the Gospel of Matthew goes, three … wise men, followed the Star of Bethlehem to Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. And after consulting with King Herod of Judea, the men found newborn baby Jesus in the little town of Bethlehem.” (Source) Below is an illustration of this story.
Over here, we’re having a white Christmas. Nothing like a good exercise of shoveling snow in the morning!
The beginnings of wealth creation all start from savings. Someone can become wealthy from starting their business or investing in stocks. Both require planning, hard work, and savings — particularly in the initial stage.
Some businesses can jumpstart with a loan based on a solid, viable business plan. You don’t need as much money investing in stocks. Moreover, dividend stocks allow you to start earning a return right away. Initially, regular monthly savings will carry much of the weight of growing your wealth.
How long does it take to double your money?
Doubling your money only from saving is slow. Let’s say you’re able to save $500 a month. You’ll double your money in a month. But to double it again, it’ll take two months.
Double your money faster by earning interests. Let’s say you’re super conservative and decide to park a savings of $5,000 in a GIC/CD for five years. That’ll earn you an interest rate of about 2.2%.
According to the rule of 72 (calculated by 72 / rate of return), it’ll take more than 32 years to double your money to $10,000 if you keep earning a 2.2% interest rate on your savings. This is better than just saving your money, but only a little better. It’ll probably maintain your purchasing power in the long run from keeping up with the long-term rate of inflation.
Double your money fastest in stocks. Stock investing is one of the fastest ways to grow one’s wealth. According to the long-term average market return of 7%, you can double your money in a little over 10 years, approximated by 72/7% = 10.3 years.
You could do even better by selectively buying quality stocks at attractive valuations. Conservative stock investors who know their stuff should be able to get long-term returns of 10% or higher, which would imply doubling one’s money in about 7 years, approximated by 72/10% = 7.2 years.
The Canadian Dividend Aristocrat list is a good place to explore prospective dividend stocks for buying. There are dividend stocks that grow their dividends at an incredible pace. Ideally, we aim to focus on dividend stocks with long-term growth trends.
Typically, the longer the dividend growth streak of a dividend stock, the better. But you’ve got to investigate its business and determine if more above-average growth is coming. And make sure you pay a reasonable multiple for the stock.
You can observe the one- and three-year dividend growth rates (DGR) to get an idea of recent dividend increases. Also, look at the five- and 10-year DGR. The 10-year rate will likely include a recession, which provides a glimpse of how resilient the business might be during tough economic times. Dig into the year(s) of recession for the real resilience of the business.
Here are some of the top Canadian Dividend Aristocrats with incredible five-year DGR. Stocks with high dividend growth tend to have small yields. (Typically, you would find blue-chip Canadian dividend-growth stocks growing dividends in the 5-7%. It would be amazing to find one growing its dividend at 10%.)
We believe by going through many examples, investors can better identify the type of dividend stocks to invest in for long-term buy and hold or potentially sizing a position accordingly for trading. Here are five dividend stock examples.