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I did it in June. I looked at all the different slants on retiring early vs. working longer for a bigger monthly payment, and decided to retire (and work PT) while I was still healthy enough to enjoy it. For me it wasn't a financial decision, but a life decision.
  • Flexible DRIP Plan 4 comments
    May 31, 2013 7:55 PM

    Just thought I'd pass this along for some consideration. Scottrade has a "FRIP" plan going which sounds really good. You enroll your dividend stocks/ETFs into the plan, and all the dividends are pooled. From this point you can chose up to 5 marginable stocks/ETF issues you want to reinvest the dividends into, and chose at what percentage. You could pool dividends from mREITs and "FRIP" them into 5 biotechs or anything else you want. You don't have to reinvest the dividends back into the company that paid them, and all your reinvesting is done commission free as long as it's within the program. The only drawback is you can't buy fractional shares, so I'll be dirt napping before I ever get any Berkshire Hathaway. You can reinvest monthly or quarterly, and stop any or all dividends from being pooled, and then the dividends will go into the money market like they do now. You can't put any money into the pool- you have to wait for the dividends to be paid, but after that it'd be pretty much self sustaining.

    So you see, now you can take from Peter and pay Paul.

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  • bmc123
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    I'm with Scottrade and only recently noticed their "FRIP". I'll certainly be putting it to use. Thanks for the article.
    20 Jun 2013, 06:03 AM Reply Like
  • mrmedusa
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    Author’s reply » They didn't promote it very well, did they?
    20 Jun 2013, 06:06 AM Reply Like
  • bmc123
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    I thought it was just me - late to the party as usual! :-)
    Let's hope more people pick up on it after your article because it really is a handy deal.
    20 Jun 2013, 09:03 AM Reply Like
  • mrmedusa
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    Author’s reply » As of now, you are the only poster. I'm thinking about an article.
    20 Jun 2013, 01:03 PM Reply Like
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