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What Investing Account Types Are The Best Fit For You And Your Dividends?

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Investing Account Types


If you are a Dividend Investor looking to maximize your returns, you need to have a keen understanding of the numerous investment account options available. 


Dividend investing, which generally focuses on generating a steady stream of income, requires a strategic approach to account selection, one that harmonizes with the investor’s long-term financial objectives, tax implications, and broader investment strategy. 

 

Today, we will demystify the numerous options in investment accounts, offering an introductory guide tailored to empower individuals looking to optimize their dividend investment approach.


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Individual Brokerage Accounts

 

Individual investment accounts are versatile tools for investors, offering freedom in selecting dividend-paying stocks and allowing you to tailor your portfolio to include companies with robust dividend histories or emerging entities poised for growth.

 

For instance, you can choose to diversify your holdings with a mix of high-yield energy stocks (ex. CVX) and technology firms known for steady dividend increases (ex. MSFT).

 

Dividends in individual investments can be taxed at various tax rates based on the tax bracket and as well as if the dividends are qualified or not. Nonqualified dividends are taxed up to 37%, while qualified dividends are taxed at 0%, 15%, or 20% based on the income and filing status of the individual.  

 

Traditional IRA

 

Traditional IRA Benefits


A traditional IRA offers investors the avenue of tax-differed growth on various investments. This essentially means that dividends reinvested within the IRA are not taxed annually, allowing the potential for dividends to compound over time, which can significantly enhance the growth over the long term. 

 

For instance, an investor holding $95,000/shares (1000 shares) of Duke Energy and is eligible to receive $3,600 in dividends in the IRA, these reinvested can purchase an additional 40 shares of the company, which can further generate dividends, all without the immediate tax bite.

 

Limits For Traditional IRA


For 2024, the contribution limits to a Traditional IRA are at $7,000, with a catch-up contribution limit of $1,000 for those aged 50 and older, adjusted for inflation. However, investors need to be mindful of the rules regarding withdrawals since distributions taken before the age of 59½ may incur taxes and penalties (10% early withdrawal penalty currently), potentially impacting the efficiency of the reinvestment strategy. 


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Traditional IRA vs Standard Investing Account

Roth IRA 

 

The Roth IRA is a compelling proposition for investors looking to build their retirement nest egg with dividends, thanks to its tax-free growth and withdrawal benefits


Roth IRA or Traditional IRA


The key distinction between Roth IRAs and traditional IRAs lies in the timing and manner of their tax advantages. With traditional IRAs, you benefit upfront through tax-deductible contributions, yet you'll pay taxes on withdrawals during retirement. 

 

Conversely, Roth IRAs do not offer a tax deduction for contributions, but they do provide the significant benefit of tax-free withdrawals in retirement.

 

Generally, a Roth IRA could be the more advantageous option if you anticipate being in a higher tax bracket upon retirement. 

 

This approach involves paying taxes at your current, presumably lower rate, allowing for tax-free withdrawals during retirement when your tax rate may be higher. This strategy is especially beneficial for Millennials and Gen Z investors, providing ample time for their investments to appreciate.

 

401(k) and Other Employer-Sponsored Plans

 

401(k)s and other employer-sponsored plans play a pivotal role in a long-term dividend investment strategy, particularly with options to invest in dividend-paying funds.

 

These plans come with an invaluable benefit, with employer matching contributions significantly amplifying an individual’s investment efforts. For instance, a 50% match on contributions of up to 6% of an employee earning $100,000 a year would result in an additional $3,000 in income, which could be put towards dividend-yielding stocks. 


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So, a potential $6,000 investment in dividend aristocrats such as Target, PepsiCo, or Johnson and Johnson could lead to a total investment of $9,000 and $270 in dividend income annually instead of close to $180. 

 

Over an individual investor's career, this could balloon to tens of thousands in additional income and potentially more through capital appreciation. 

 

Leveraging employer matching in these plans can be a strategic way to augment your dividend investing strategy, providing a more substantial base for generating income.

 

SEP IRA and SIMPLE IRA

 

SEP IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs are particularly beneficial for self-employed individuals and small business owners who are focused on a dividend investing strategy. 

 

For 2024, SEP IRAs allow contributions up to the lesser of 25% of compensation or $67,980, while SIMPLE IRAs offer a limit of $15,965, with a $3,605 catch-up contribution for those 50 and older. 

 

This high contribution ceiling enables substantial investment in dividend-paying stocks or funds. For instance, a self-employed financial consultant making $85,000/year from six projects could funnel around $21,250 into a SEP IRA, investing in a diversified portfolio of dividend-generating assets and generating a substantial portfolio over time.  


SEP IRA vs Simple IRA

 

Solo 401(k)

 

The Solo 401(k) offers self-employed dividend investors exceptional contribution limits and flexibility, with the 2024 limits estimated at $23,175 for employee contributions and up to $67,980 in total contributions, including employer match, with an additional $7,725 catch-up for those 50 and older. 

 

This plan's structure allows for a highly personalized investment strategy, enabling investors to focus on dividend-paying stocks or funds that align with their financial goals and risk tolerance. 


403(b) and 457 Plans

 

The 403(b) and 457 plans cater specifically to employees of non-profits and governmental organizations, offering a unique way to invest in dividend-paying companies within the sphere of tax-advantaged retirement savings. 

 

These plans often include a range of mutual funds or annuities that focus on dividend-paying stocks, providing an avenue for participants to gain exposure to income-generating investments. 

 

For instance, an educator with a 403(b) plan might opt to allocate part of their contributions to a diversified equity income fund such as the PIMCO Diversified Income Fund, which seeks to invest in companies with a strong history of paying dividends. This strategy not only harnesses the power of dividends to enhance portfolio growth but also leverages the tax-deferred nature of these plans to reinvest dividends, compounding growth over time.

 

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

 

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) offers Federal employees and uniformed service members a streamlined avenue for building retirement savings, including options that cater to dividend investing. 

 

Within the TSP, participants can choose from several funds, such as the C Fund (Common Stock Index Investment Fund), which mirrors the S&P 500 and is inherently positioned to benefit from dividend-paying companies within that index. 

 

Similarly, the I Fund (International Stock Index Investment Fund) provides exposure to international markets and the potential dividends from a diverse range of companies abroad. 

 

These options allow TSP participants to integrate dividend investing into their retirement strategy, leveraging the growth and income generation of dividend-yielding stocks within the protective umbrella of a tax-advantaged government-sponsored retirement plan.


Aligning Investment Account Selection with Your Dividend Goals

 

Selecting the appropriate investment account is a crucial part of a successful long-term dividend investing strategy. Whether it's an individual account, an IRA, or a plan tailored for self-employed individuals or government employees, the right choice can significantly impact the growth and tax efficiency of an individual’s dividend income.

 

It is important to navigate through these options and consider the financial objectives, current employment status, and tax implications to align investment decisions with the long-term goals.


I hope this article was successful for you and will help you make better investment decisions. It is imperative that you educate yourself and learn about investing before putting your hard-earned money at risk. I recommend you to check out my book, Live Off Dividends, where I dive into more details and prepare the reader for the investment journey.

 

Live Off Dividends by Artenie Alexandru

I wish you reach your Dividend Horizon,


Artenie Alexandru



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