This is how you can generate passive income in May

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A trendy woman wearing sunglasses splashes cash notes from her hands.

There are a number of ways that readers can generate passive income. But of all the options, I continue to believe that the share market is the best place to do it.

It’s not just me that feels this way. For many, many years people around the world have been doing exactly this and there’s nothing to stop you from doing the same.

And while there are risks involved with the share market, you can mitigate them through careful research and planning, leaving you in a position to put your money to work for you, generating a steady stream of income that can help you achieve your long-term financial goals.

How to generate passive income

One way to generate passive income through the share market is to invest in high-yielding ASX dividend shares. These are companies that pay out a good portion of their earnings to shareholders in the form of dividends. By investing in these types of shares, you can receive regular payments without having to sell your shares.

Though, before you go jumping into any old high-yielding ASX dividend share, it’s important to do your research and choose the right ones to invest in. The last thing you want to do is fall into a dividend trap. That’s where investors get lured into buying shares in a troubled company on the belief that a big dividend is coming, only for that company to slash its dividend.

Investors ought to look for companies with a strong track record of paying dividends and a history of steady growth. You should also consider the company’s financial health, including its debt levels, cash flow, and profitability, to ensure that its dividends are sustainable.

What else should you know?

It is worth noting that you don’t always have to buy high-yield ASX dividend shares. Especially if you have time on your side. Buying lower yielding shares with the potential to grow their dividends materially over the long term can also be an effective way to grow your passive income.

For example, CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) shares offer new buyers a paltry dividend yield of just 1%. However, if you had bought its shares 20 years ago when they were changing hands for $15.00, CSL’s forecast dividend of $4.22 per share in FY 2024 would represent a yield on cost of 28%.

This means that if you had invested $20,000 into this ASX share two decades ago, you would receive $5,600 of passive income in the form of dividends next year. You also have the capital gains to cash in should you wish.

Overall, there are plenty of opportunities to generate passive income from the share market. You just need to come up with a plan and put it into action. Then sit back and wait for the pay checks to come rolling in.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has positions in CSL. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended CSL. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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