We are now in the income phase of portfolio management, partially (or totally) withdrawing each month from the available settled cash from earned dividends *only* (leaving all positions and principal untouched, except for trading activity)!
Only shares paying less than $10 annually are being DRIPped plus the 5 positions noted below. This information is shown on the Google sheets on the Dividends tab. (Preferred shares can NOT be DRIPped.)
As of July 9th; FFL, FLC, PFD, PFO, & PHT are being DRIPped in both Roth IRAs because they reinvest at a discount! I just love a bargain!
Part (or ALL) of the cash in our accounts will be withdrawn each month on an ‘as needed’ basis. The available withdrawal amounts are shown on the Expected Dividends Part 3 spreadsheet.
Projected checkbook balance for the end of the current month should now be at least $5,000.00 – $10,000.00 but if it’s not within that range then the dividend reinvestment and withdrawals will need to be adjusted. Also, the next few month’s projected EOM balance will also be used to determine if adjustments are necessary. This will provide a greater ‘margin of safety’ and hopefully avoid any unpleasantness. I think planning up to 3 or 4 months in advance should provide a reasonable level of financial security, all things considered.
- Monthly withdrawals from available (i.e.; settled) cash will be taken.
- Monthly withdrawals are subject to a minimum withdrawal of $10.00 (imposed by Fidelity, no limit is imposed by the joint account).
- In case our checkbook balance exceeds above limits, then a deposit to one of our joint accounts will be made instead.
- In this case, of course that also means there would be no withdrawals that month.
- Monthly withdrawals will only be scheduled on the first of each month or on an ‘as-needed’ basis.
- Starting 9/1/15, the taxable account is the only account making additional investments exclusive of dividend reinvestment.
So, based on the amount of the checkbook balance at the end of the previous month would determine whether or not I should make a withdrawal on this month. If no withdrawal is warranted, then I will base it on the checkbook balance at the end of the current month. If no withdrawal is warranted, then I will base it on the checkbook balance at the end of the following month, etc. This procedure will also determine if I should make a deposit to the taxable account instead. This could (and did, and probably will again) change…
In our ind-PandA account, I will withdraw $6,000.00 from the account. There is no tax withholding in this taxable account.
In our PandAjoint account, I will withdraw $0.00 from the account. There is no tax withholding in this taxable account.
In my IRA-P account, I will withdraw $0.00 for a net deposit of $0.00 after 25% tax withholding.
In my Roth-P account, I will withdraw $0.00 for a net deposit of $0.00 after 25% tax withholding.
In my wife’s Roth-A account, I will withdraw $0.00 for a net deposit of $0.00 after 25% tax withholding.
Any cash left in the accounts will be allowed to accrue for any upcoming stock purchases and/or withdrawals. The cash balance of each account and the amount available to invest are shown on the Equal Weight spreadsheet. The withdrawal amounts are shown on the Expected Dividends Part 3 spreadsheet. Withdrawals will only be taken as needed. This is subject to change as necessary.
UPDATE: August 27th, 2016 I decided to make the ‘sharebuilder’ investments monthly, on the first Tuesday each month. Investing amounts will be based on a weighting of Total Return (shown on “Equal Weight” sheet, below, and subject to change).
This is not a permanent solution, however. I am only doing this until some of our monthly expenses are paid off and we build a balance in our checking/savings to offset any future surprises. (I keep saying that. Do you or I believe it yet?)
This is the cash balance sheet (as of this posting);
This is the YTD withdrawal history (as of this posting);
Expected Dividends part 3
We might need to plan for my first RMD withdrawal in December of 2024, which should be totally covered by dividends for *at least* the first few years. If I convert 1/7 of my remaining IRA each year starting in January of 2017, then the balance at the end of the year before my RMDs are scheduled to start will be $0.00, eliminating the need for any RMDs! There will not be any RMDs for my wife’s IRA because I totally converted her holdings to her Roth IRA this year.
Of course, we’ll still have our regular recurring monthly charges that will need to be paid, but the withdrawals from the Roth IRAs and individual brokerages should cover that, and we are already taxed on anything that we make in our individual brokerage accounts.
UPDATE: January 1st, 2016 Partial conversions to our Roth IRAs have been initiated on 12/31/15 from our IRA accounts. CYS & ORC positions have been rolled over, and AGNC positions will be next, followed by NYMT and then AI. I also plan to convert my CNSL holdings to my Roth IRA this year, and I also plan to totally convert my wife’s holdings to her Roth IRA this year. I still have a few years to go before RMDs are required and will most likely convert 1/7 of the remaining holding(s) in my IRA each year starting in 2017. This, of course, will result in huge tax bills for last year and this year, and I will be wihholding 25% from each withdrawal beginning this year for upcoming tax bills.
This plan will provide the necessary augmentation of social security to allow us to live quite comfortably on a minimum income.
We met with our tax advisor in mid-2014 and went over this plan. It got a glowing review. The tax advisor is happy, I’m happy, and (most importantly!) my wife is happy. I aim to keep it that way.