We have been very fortunate to have forum members like @austing who has tirelessly shared his time and knowledge educating us on the merits of investing in shares for passive income through large and established LICs and index funds/ETFs. I have been completely sold on the fact that shares are the right vehicle for me for passive income that can rise with inflation. I am kind of numbers man and like to do bit of fundamental research as I feel it is important to know the history of dividends paid and whether growth has been acceptable. I did a post sometime back on dividend history of VAS (ASX300 ETF) see here The idea behind this post and thread is to give bit of history on dividends paid by some of the LICs and ETFs afterall that is the only thing income investors care about. The data (mainly dividends) will be presented in charts on a financial year basis and my intention is to update the charts as new data becomes available. Start with two ETFs and will later add chart data for LICs 1) VAS Below is dividend history of VAS for dividends paid per share from 2009 (inception) to 2017. I have included one chart for dividends without franking credits and one with franking credits. Gross dividends for VAS includes franking credits. The annual compounded growth rate of Gross Dividends for past 7 years for VAS has been 4.031% which has been better than inflation. 2) VTS / VTI The second chart I want to present is of Vanguard Total US Share market index ETF. This ETF is listed on ASX with code VTS but the underlying ETF is VTI listed on US stock exchange. So VTS is the same product as VTI represented in AUD currency. The below chart is of VTI dividend history in US dollars. Again its showing dividends paid per share. The good thing here is we have dividend history since 2001 and includes the impact of GFC. The reason for using US dollar is to see dividend history without the effects of currency exchange. As you can see dividends have increased every year except FY08-09 and FY09-10 when GFC was in full force. The interesting thing to note here is even though S&P500 fell nearly 50% during GFC the dividends dropped less than 20%. This is after rising from 0.635 to 1.331 in 6 years at an annual compound rate of 13.123%. The other good thing to note is dividends were back to pre-GFC levels after just 3 years. The best part is they have kept on rising at an impressive rate since then. From lows of 09-10 the dividend has increased at annual compound rate of 11.517% over the last 7 years. From 2001 the annual compound growth rate has been 9.216%. Try getting a 9% pay rise from your employer for 15 years and the rub here is you got this pay rise without going to work. You could go about doing whatever you want and the money with pay increases will just get deposited every quarter into your bank account. I can see huge smile on @austing Some other interesting observations. - People say US had a lost decade from 2001-2010 where S&P500 didn't go anywhere. But if you look at dividends they grew from 0.635 to 1.111 during that time which is about 75% higher. - The S&P500 was around 1200 in 2001. Today it is around 2500. So about 108% higher. If you look at dividends they were 0.635 in 2001-2002 and are 2.383 currently. That is an increase of 275%. So you can conclude the S&P500 was indeed very very expensive during the dot-com boom of 2001. I plan to add charts of dividend histories for some of the older LICs as I find more time. In mean time feel free to add your charts/data about why income from shares is good for retirement. I would like to keep this thread as a resource for finding dividend histories from various shares for people to feel comfortable to see for themselves what sort of income + growth in income they could expect by investing in shares and compare it with other asset classes. Cheers, Oracle.