I remember when I got my first dividend a year or so ago… I think it was for $36.–
Now, I just took a quick look at my investment summary, and apparently I’ve received $166.35 in dividends for 2007 and $70.06 for year-to-date 2008.
So.. not life-changing amounts. I don’t even notice them much because I automatically re-invest all my distributions, but – they are there, evidence that I am the OWNER of some tiny fraction of a company (or, since I invest in funds, very tiny parts of many, many companies), and when that company has PROFIT, as a shareholder I have CLAIM to some (again, tiny) part of its net income.
Saving is important, yes, but I’ve always saved. It’s only when I took the step towards investing that I found personal finance so much more fun (I spent the last several nights reading books on asset allocation).
Here’s the ad copy – clever, no?
*I am neither affliated with, nor do I endorse, Citigroup’s Women & Co. in any way. I am not a financial adviser – please do not rely on this blog for financial advice.
**The first thing I thought upon seeing the ad was – “wow – those cheekbones” and, “love the coat.”