Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Bill Gates’ Foundation Trust both own stakes in the company, so it’s no surprise that it appears to have several enduring competitive advantages. The company’s global scale, hard-to-replicate global transportation network, and continued investments in efficiency initiatives seem likely to keep it at the top of its industry and paying safe, growing dividends for many years to come.
Many investors want to know whether or not their individual portfolios can make them financially independent during retirement. In other words, just how much dividend income do you need to live comfortably during your golden years, and how large a portfolio is required? That’s a complicated question, but here’s a basic guide that can help you think through some of the biggest factors.