Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Personal Bests & On The Right Track | Dividend Update - September 2017

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Dividend Update - September 2017
I'm slowly getting back into the groove of things after my extended blogging absence, but things are getting back to normal...at least somewhat.  Unfortunately for me just as I was getting back in the saddle I was headed back home from work which is always a good thing.  However, time at home means time dedicated to taking care of the "honey do" list that grew while I was gone and of course spending as much time with my wife and daughter as I can.  So writing gets put on the back burner.  

I'm back at work now so hopefully I can get into a groove, but there's currently a trainee that's out here working with me which means I can't really spend too much of my time writing when I'm trying to teach someone.  

It's the end of one month and the beginning of another so it's time for my favorite update: my dividend update.  These dividend updates reflect all dividends that I receive through my investing pursuits. I hope they can help inspire you to take control of your own finances and invest to build a passive income stream. What you use that stream for is up to you, whether it's to fund early retirement, just provide some FI/FU money, or even to provide for an annual vacation; the key is that it can provide options and open up all sorts of possibilities. You can check my dividend income or progress pages to see what dedication to an investment plan can give you.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Since You've (I've) Been Gone...

Since this is going to be a recap post of how my portfolio has fared during my blogging absence I figured it was only fitting to do a little flash back to the early 2000s with the appropriately titled "Since You've Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson.  



I was a bit more partial to Ted Leo's cover of the song during my college years, but to each their own.


Over the last few months I haven't been active in the blog world because life definitely gets busier with a 1 year old...and travel...and a new/old job...and hurricanes.  However, my absence from writing didn't mean that my portfolio took a break.  The whole time that I was gone my portfolio continued to go to work FOR me churning out dividends.  There's nothing quite like not working, but still getting paid.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I'm Back...


I'm finally back after taking the last 2.5 months or so off.  It feels good to be back although this wasn't so much of a choice as it just happened to work out that way.  While I haven't been busy with writing or even reading blogs, I've been very busy with "life".  

As many of you know whenever I'm at work that means I'm gone from home and my wife and daughter.  So whenever I'm home that means writing gets pushed to the back burner to try and make up for lost time.  

However, the last 2.5 months has seen plenty of activity, both in investing/trading and otherwise.  The highlight was most definitely our road trip to Nashville back at the end of June and early part of July.  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Weekly Roundup - June 24, 2017

Curated list of articles on dividend growth investing, financial independence, freedom and passive income
Happy Weekend!  Check out what's been going on in my world and some of the best articles from around the blogosphere.

I hope everyone has been having a good couple weeks.  I've taken a bit of a break from writing, well not a planned one, it's more that life has gotten very busy.  As many of you know I work out of town so when I'm home my productivity regarding writing declines because I'd much rather spend time with my wife and daughter.  Especially now that my wife is on summer break from teaching and is home.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dividend Growth Investing at Work - Realty Income Keeps Rewarding Investors

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Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Realty Income for the dividend increase!
Something I love about dividend growth investing is that each month I get to hear about companies I own deciding to pay me more money in dividends.  Just for owning a small portion of said companies.  Not going and doing R&D for new products or technology.  Not selling any products.  Not managing any employees or inventory.  Not making sales calls.  All I had to do was have the foresight to invest some of my savings in excellent companies.  That's dividend growth investing at work!  I mean who doesn't like getting a raise for doing nothing?  Dividend growth investing is far from a get rich quick investment strategy, rather you need to remain focused on the long term goal to be successful.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Options for Income Week Ending June 2nd

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Options for Income Week Ending June 2nd
My preferred method of generating income from my investments is just plain old dividend growth investing.  I love that the most because it's a truly passive source of income that requires no work and very little monitoring on my part once the initial research on the company/valuation is complete.  The problem with dividend growth investing is that it requires a large capital base in order to generate substantial amounts of income.  

I've been testing out ways to generate investment income via option trading because the income can be substantially higher.  If my experiment proves viable over different market cycles I would have no problem using options as a way to supplement our income if it would allow us to reach financial independence faster even if that means a more active approach is required.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Weekly Roundup - June 10, 2017

Curated list of articles on dividend growth investing, financial independence, freedom and passive income
Happy Weekend!  Check out what's been going on in my world and some of the best articles from around the blogosphere.
This was a rather ho-hum week as far as investing as well as my writing.  The markets continued their climb higher which was good for some of my option positions, but very bad for others.  That's led to a rather sub-par start to June, but looking at the bigger picture I can't really complain.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Option Positions From The Week of May 29th


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Option Activity for the Week of May 29th
As part of running this blog that chronicles my journey to financial independence I like to be open and honest with all of my transactions.  Typically that revolves around buying shares of high quality companies that I deem to be at fair value or less.  And occasionally there's a sale of a company like when I closed one of my positions earlier this month.  Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around.  If it creates my own "investment journal" to detail why I made the move and my expectations, well that's even better.  


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Weekly Roundup - June 3, 2017

Curated list of articles on dividend growth investing, financial independence, freedom and passive income
Happy Weekend!  Check out what's been going on in my world and some of the best articles from around the blogosphere.
One of the big downsides to working out of town is that the "honey do" list builds up while I'm away.  This past week I've been very busy scratching items off that list, but since a lot of it was outside the weather didn't cooperate as much as I would have liked.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dividend Update Preview - May 2017 [Infographic]

This year keeps flying by, but the great is that with each passing month there's more dividends coming in.

Come check out how much these companies paid me to do absolutely nothing for the company!  That's the kind of work-life balance that I love!
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My real-life portfolio monthly dividend update for May 2017
I've started the process of transferring the shares held at Loyal3 to my main brokerage account.

With May in the books are you on pace to meet your goals through the first half of 2017?

Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Options for Income Week Ending May 26th

dividend growth investing, option strategy, call option, put option, income investing
Options for Income Week Ending May 26th
My preferred method of generating income from my investments is just plain old dividend growth investing.  I love that the most because it's a truly passive source of income that requires no work and very little monitoring on my part once the initial research on the company/valuation is complete.  The problem with dividend growth investing is that it requires a large capital base in order to generate substantial amounts of income.  

I've been testing out ways to generate investment income via option trading because the income can be substantially higher.  If my experiment proves viable over different market cycles I would have no problem using options as a way to supplement our income if it would allow us to reach financial independence faster even if that means a more active approach is required.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New Option Positions From The Week of May 22nd


dividend growth investing, option strategy, call option, put option, income investing
Option Activity for the Week of May 22nd
As part of running this blog that chronicles my journey to financial independence I like to be open and honest with all of my transactions.  Typically that revolves around buying shares of high quality companies that I deem to be at fair value or less.  And occasionally there's a sale of a company like when I closed one of my positions earlier this month.  Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around.  If it creates my own "investment journal" to detail why I made the move and my expectations, well that's even better.  


Monday, May 29, 2017

Dividend Growth Investing at Work - 6 Years and Counting

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Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Phillips 66 for the dividend increase!
Something I love about dividend growth investing is that each month I get to hear about companies I own deciding to pay me more money in dividends.  Just for owning a small portion of said companies.  Not going and doing R&D for new products or technology.  Not selling any products.  Not managing any employees or inventory.  Not making sales calls.  All I had to do was have the foresight to invest some of my savings in excellent companies.  That's dividend growth investing at work!  I mean who doesn't like getting a raise for doing nothing?  Dividend growth investing is far from a get rich quick investment strategy, rather you need to remain focused on the long term goal to be successful.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Weekly Roundup - May 27, 2017

Curated list of articles on dividend growth investing, financial independence, freedom and passive income
Happy Weekend!  Check out what's been going on in my world and some of the best articles from around the blogosphere.
Another week is in the books.  I have no idea where this past week went, but sure enough it's over.  I headed back to work this week although this time it was back to my old stomping grounds in south Texas.  I'll only be here until Tuesday of this coming week, but it was nice getting a chance to go back to an area that I worked in for nearly 2 years to see what's gone on.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Options for Income Week of May 15th

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Option Activity for the Week of May 15th
As part of running this blog that chronicles my journey to financial independence I like to be open and honest with all of my transactions.  Typically that revolves around buying shares of high quality companies that I deem to be at fair value or less.  And occasionally there's a sale of a company like when I closed one of my positions earlier this month.  Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around.  If it creates my own "investment journal" to detail why I made the move and my expectations, well that's even better.