Tortoise #1 retired as a salesman in the Food Industry in January 1998 and became a full-time investor with the goal of generating more income from our investments. As I studied the stocks that we had owned for 20, 25, 30 & 35 years, I saw a correlation between the increasing dividends and the higher prices of the underlying stocks! And, this correlation has continued with the Dividend-Growth stocks that we have added since 1998.
Now 88 years old and married to Mrs.Tortoise for 65 years come 10/01/2014, our steady and growing dividend income has allowed us to live comfortably in retirement.
I read something years ago that I want to share with all of you who are preparing for a financially secure retirement: The purpose of this preparation is not to be rich although that certainly would be desirable. The realistic purpose is not to be poor as we approach and enter a long retirement!