In the long term (ie. when I retire in 10-15 years time) the 'plan' is to sell off these shares for more than they cost, making a capital gain (which would be taxed at half my marginal tax rate at that time), hopefully more than the cumulative cost of the net cost of holding these investments.
AFI had a total return (dividends and share price appreciation) of 8.4% pa over the past 5 year period, and ARG had a total return of 9.0% pa over the past 5 years. The ten year average annual total return figures are a lot less impressive, but as that period include the impact of the GFC I expect the next 10-15 years average annual total return to be more like the past five year period than the past ten year period. Only time will tell.
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