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My year is pretty much wrapped up for my holdings announcing dividend increases for the year.  Last October, I came out with my dividend increase projections for 2017.  Now it’s a little over a year later and time to review how my estimates actually turned out. There are a few modifications to the original projections due to a few mergers.  DD and DOW finally completed their merger, so both positions have ...
Posted: Nov 01 2017 @ 11:57 PM
Retirement savers everywhere should be alarmed. Rumors earlier this week point to contribution limits for 401(k) plans being cut all the way down to just $2400. The current contribution limit for 2017 is $18,000 and the limit for 2018 was recently announced at $18,500. The speculation comes from the tax reform that will try to make its way through Congress. Really the tax reform is just a magician’s slide of ...
Posted: Oct 28 2017 @ 8:38 PM
The following is a guest post from James Paul at BasicFinanceCare.com. Enjoy: Ever heard of financial infidelity? If you haven’t, then you must know that financial infidelity is one of the main reasons why most marriages turn unsuccessful. And especially for newly-married couples, it becomes a daunting task to understanding each other’s financial habits and behaviors and you definitely don’t require a heated up argument with your spouse right at the ...
Posted: Oct 26 2017 @ 11:15 PM
Disclaimer: ***I own all 5 stocks mentioned below.  Also, the following is not a stock recommendation.  I don’t know you or your situation.  Stock investing is supposedly not for everyone and involves risk.*** Last July, I wrote about A Basic 5 stock Portfolio for Beginners and argued and showed that a simple and boring portfolio of just 5 stocks could meet or beat the S&P 500 in the long run. This is a ...
Posted: Oct 15 2017 @ 11:14 PM
Roughly 7% of US households are millionaires.  The average time it takes to become a self made millionaire is 32 years.  According to the study: 1% of self mades did so before the age of 40 3% of self mades did so between the ages of 40 ad 45 16% between 46 and 50 28% between 51-55 31% between 56 and 60 and 21% after the age of 60 Overall, 27% of self mades have tried and failed ...
Posted: Oct 04 2017 @ 11:00 PM
Dividend growth investing is a great lazy way of building passive growing income over time. What looks like small pocket change to most investors really adds up over time. Take for example a company paying 60 cents per share and assuming you have 500 shares. That quarterly dividend payment amounts to $300 dollars, or annually at $1200. Assume in year 2 the dividend is increased 4 cents per share to 64 ...
Posted: Oct 04 2017 @ 4:06 PM
January 14th of 2016 was the last day I worked a job I had been at for 13.5 years. I hated about 13.4 of those years. I stuck with it since the pay was decent, benefits were good, and I absolutely hated job interviews. For most of 2016 I did new things and moved to a new state. Took up hiking, camping, did some travel, biking, and dating around. Boredom eventually started ...
Posted: Oct 02 2017 @ 10:43 PM
September 2017 was overall a great month for growing my bottom line. Stock holdings saw a very nice increase for the month, averaging gains of over $1000 per trading day.  That will always be the single biggest factor in any increase/decrease in my net worth. Liabilities currently sit at $0.00 Total Net Worth stands at $995,508.49 as of 10/1/2017, that puts me at $4,500 away from the first million, all as a SINK ...
Posted: Oct 01 2017 @ 3:18 PM
In an attempt to do something different, I tracked my portfolio fluctuations each trading day and graphed it out.  Not knowing in advance what would happen with the market (and historically September being the worst month for the markets) I thought this would be an interesting experiment. The goal in having built up financial assets is to live comfortably off of the passive dividend income, but also continue to build my bottom ...
Posted: Sep 30 2017 @ 6:03 PM
The below post was written in May of 2016 and found on my computer recently, so this is kind of like a director’s cut/cutting room floor edition. I have since written in detail about my distribution strategy, which can be found here and provided a one year later update. Some details in this post have changed, such as I went back to work in 2017 for maybe a year and ...
Posted: Sep 20 2017 @ 3:44 PM


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