Retired for almost 10 years, AAPL Long for 18+ years. All trust and IRA accounts for my wife and myself are 100% invested in AAPL and have been for the past 16-17 years.
Thanks to Apple restarting the dividend program in August of 2012, our current yearly AAPL dividends > 4.22 X (my pension+wife's pension+my Social Security). In the 5+ years that Apple has been paying dividends, that's amounted to a total of $1,856,912.27.
AAPL for 2015 & 2016
1. Although many Apple naysayers on SA(GR) have said AAPL has been "dead money for two years", we received $361,963.68 in 2015 AAPL dividends and $400,733.99 in 2016 AAPL dividends for a total of $762,697.67.
2. About 61% of our AAPL stock is in our IRA accounts and 39% is in our trust accounts. Our IRA AAPL dividends are set to auto-reinvest and bought a total of 4,333.05 shares over those two years at share prices from $91.10 to $128.73 for an overall cost basis of $108.56/share. Those 4,333 new shares are up $203,174.37 (43%) as of 06/02/17.
3. Total Return for 2015 & 2016: $762,697.67 + $203,174.37 = $965,872.04
Bottom Line: Not "dead money"
“The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.”
--John Maynard Keynes
"I can hold AAPL longer than the market can remain irrational."
The only AAPL shares we sell are to meet RMD requirements of my IRAs or for travel, etc.
Note: The photo was taken a few years ago (late '40's)