4Q 2023 passive income: Why the smile?


In my first blog post of the year, I said that 4Q 2023 passive income should come in weaker.

This is because OCBC and UOB only pay dividends in Q2 and Q3.


So, missing these major contributors, it is only reasonable to expect lower passive income numbers for me in Q4 2023.

Also, I expected Q4 2023 passive income to be lower, year on year.

This is because my investments in REITs and property developers were generating less income for me in 2023 compared to the year before.


High interest rates are pretty challenging for some entities.

Fortunately, DBS pays dividends quarterly.

Being another substantial investment in my portfolio, hopefully, this would provide a bit of a cushion.


This is especially when DBS increased their dividend per share not too long ago.

My persistence in building and strengthening a T-bill ladder in an environment of higher yields should also help.

All of that went on in my head.

So, how did things turn out?

Total passive income generated by my investments in 4Q 2023 was:

$ 24,849.44

This is some 2% lower, year on year.

It was $25,331.81 in 4Q 2022.

Hmm, the decline was not unexpected.

Still, like the title says, I smiled because it wasn’t too bad.

2% decline on a relatively smaller sum.

Not too damaging.

Thanks to strong Q2 and Q3 numbers, full year 2023 registered an improvement.

Q2 and Q3 saw larger percentage gains on relatively larger numbers, after all.

Everything taken into consideration, pretty decent.

Full year 2023 saw a 12% increase in income generated by my investment portfolio, year on year.

Total amount: 


This compared to $205,999.73 for full year 2022.

To new readers of my blog, this is probably all very impressive.

However, readers who have been following my blog for many years would know that blog posts like this is more to inspire than to impress.

If AK can do it, so can you!

I am not just saying this.

I mean it.

It is about being prudent with money.

It is about keeping our needs simple and our wants few.

It is about being patient and getting rich slow.

It is about being pragmatic and staying invested in bona fide income generating assets.

If it all sounds very boring, well, it is.

It is all about staying grounded and marching towards that pot of gold we know is waiting for us to unearth.


That sounds like work.

Yes, it is.

There is no free lunch in this world.

It is not about going after what could be there but what we know is there.

So, what is my strategy for 2024?

More of the same, really.

I expect my investment portfolio to continue generating income for me this year, barring earth shattering events.

If another pandemic strikes or if war happens on a global scale, expect income generation to slow down or stall.

I can only hope that sanity prevails and that more people in power are willing and able to avoid war on a larger scale.

War is fully avoidable unlike pandemics.

Unfortunately, many human beings are selfish and narrow minded.

When they are put in positions of powers, they could then influence the gullible to do the unthinkable.

This is not a problem exclusive to less developed countries or politically less stable regions in the world, of course.

I am spending some time to talk to myself about this because compared to economic challenges, this is a bigger problem.

Where economic challenges are concerned, high inflation has been tamed or so it seems.

Expectations are for interest rates to start declining sometime this year and there are some experts who think that the Fed will bring interest rate down to under 3% in order to ensure a soft landing.

This is good news for REITs, especially those which are highly leveraged as well as those which have a big part of their debt on floating rates.

For banks, it would mean moderating earnings as rapid interest rate hikes end a strong tailwind.

Still, banks have proven again and again that they have been able to deliver earnings growth over time.

So, staying invested is what I will do.

Before I end this blog post, I will remind myself of the following.

“There will come a day when my passive income generated exceeds my earned income doing what I do.

“If I have always been prudent with money, that is probably the day I become financially free.

“That is when I no longer have to work for money.”

No more unearthing to do.

So, believe me when I say this.

If AK can do it, so can you!

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