Basically, Mr Ng was 31 when he ‘set his plan in motion’. Initially he was invested in unit trusts. But he had read Robert Kiyosaki’s ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad‘ before, and decided to sell off his unit trusts and in 3 years, manage to acquire enough dividend paying stocks to meet his monthly expenses.
This is what I’m kinda aiming for, though in my case, it’s our monthly mortgages that I wish to cover, because I’m investing with CPF funds. Currently payout from our investments can only cover half the monthly mortgage. Better than nothing I guess.
Imagine though, when it does cover all our mortgage, it’s like getting an already overpriced HDB for just a fraction of it’s cost!
Imagine having a payout from your investments that more than covers your monthly expenses.
Canny investor Ng Wai Chung is in this happy position at the age of 34.
Mr Ng, a senior IT manager – and an author of investment books – achieved this a year ago. But rather than retire, he stays in full-time employment.
His investment income stream is the result of a plan he set in motion three years ago. That was when he decided to sell his investments in unit trusts and buy stocks that pay high dividends.
‘Today, I am able to yield about $24,000 a year on my investment portfolio, enough to cover my expenses in most months,” he said.
This enviable portfolio consists of real estate investment trusts (Reits) and shares that yield high dividends, such as mainboard-listed Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). Dividends are the portions of profits which a company distributes to shareholders.