Saturday, November 2, 2013

Weekly Roundup - November 2, 2013

This week meant it was back to the grind of work.  Which, after the fun of water line problems that I went through the last time I was home, work actually brought a much needed relief from the hassle that I had to deal with.  Although if I had the option, I would be home every single day.  That's the reason that I'm striving to reach financial independence as early as possible by investing in dividend growth companies.  Investing in quality companies that can continue to increase their dividends year in and year will give my wife and I the freedom to pursue any other interests that we happen to have.  I know my list is plenty long.

I made two purchases this week by picking up shares of HCP, a diversified healthcare REIT, and American Realty Capital Properties, a diversified REIT.  I wanted to get some exposure to both real estate and healthcare and both of these purchases allowed me to do just that; HCP covering both.  These two purchases will add $175.00 to my forward 12-month dividends before reinvestment or future increases, which ARCP is already slated for two over the next few months as acquisitions are finalized.

I'd like to thank everyone that has stopped by, commented, or mentioned Passive-Income-Pursuit this past week.  I appreciate it more than I can ever put into words.  If there's anything you'd like me to dive deeper into or a company you'd like for me to analyze, feel free to let me know in the comments or by email.

Now on to the links!

Patience Pays - 16 years of buying and holding Coca-Cola by Retire Before Dad

Recurring Expenses vs One-time expenses by Dividend Mantra

Johnson & Johnson: Let it dip to a 3.00% yield by Dividend Monk

How to quickly and easily evaluate a real estate deal: the 1% rule by FI Fighter

Nine dividend paying stocks I accumulated in the past month by Dividend Growth Investor

Should I sell my rental property and simplify life? by Financial Samurai

Did we just find another $500k? by Get Financially Integrated

Death bonds - spooky investment for Halloween by The Dividend Guy

Nightmare on dividend growth street by Dividend Growth Investing

Portfolio status: October 2013 by My Journey to Financial Independence

Tax deferred vs taxable retirement income strategies by My Money Design

Should I sell my rental property and simplify life? by Financial Samurai

Nike, Inc. (NKE) Dividend Stock Analysis by Dividend Growth Stocks

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I know I will since I'll be home with my wife for it.  We'll see what kind of trouble we can get into.

One last thing.  My wife has put a project up on the website DonorsChoose.org to try and get donations from people to fund a project for her class.  She's trying to get an iPad and some relevant material for use in the classroom.  If you would like to donate you can click here to get directly to her project page.  The good teachers are woefully underpaid and under-supplied through their schools.  Many of them spend double or even quadruple the tax code's limit of $250 each year in order to provide the necessary materials to educate their students.  I can personally attest to hers being at least $500 each year.  Many school districts are wanting teachers to use technology in the classroom to help engage their students, but the limits of the available technology is usually two desktop computers and then "ELMOs" (a fancy projector).  Even if you don't donate to her class, I'm sure there is a teacher in your own area that is struggling to get a great project funded.  From what I can tell, donations are tax-deductible.

*If you do happen to donate to her project, leave a comment or email me so I can tell her where some of the donations came from.  I'd love to be able to tell her that it's from people that I know from blogging since she thinks I spend way too much time on it.

10 comments:

  1. Hope you and the wife have fun this weekend JC! And feel free to let her know I threw in a few bucks! Best of luck in getting the iPad, related technology supplies, and magazine subscriptions funded!

    Oh and remind her that your blog IS worth something! I might have included that in my note... :)

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    1. w2r,

      We had a great weekend. Got to have my mom over to the new house and cooked a late lunch for her, then my wife and I met up with some friends for some dancing and then we had a nice relaxing Sunday. She wanted me to tell you thanks for the donation. This is probably one of my favorite charity site now because I know there's some awesome teachers out there that I know could use some help. And the focused project makes it better because you know exactly what your money is going towards.

      It was funny because I asked her if she had gotten any more donations and she said she had but that she didn't know who it was from. Then I just showed her your comment and she had this shocked look on her face and said "Hey, that's from your blog!". Hopefully that will help convince her to give me a bit more leeway on it when I'm at the house. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. PIP,

    This is a great list of posts this week. Thanks for including me. Lots of reading to do. Have a great weekend at home.

    -RBD

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    1. RBD,

      There's always so many great posts and I hate when I miss a few days of checking up on all the great blogs out there. My reading backlog just builds and builds. I haven't done much blog related activities since last Friday so I've got a lot of catching up to do.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Pursuit,

    Thanks for including me in the roundup. Appreciate it!

    Best of luck to your wife. I hope she gets the items she needs for the classroom funded. :)

    Best wishes!

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    1. DM,

      No problem on the mention!

      I know she's looking forward to getting the project funded. Getting closer now. She tries so hard to incorporate as much technology as she can in the classroom. As I mentioned above, this is probably going to be one of my go to donation places since it helps with education and you get to choose exactly what project to fund.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Thanks for the shout out JC. Best of luck to your wife with the project. I followed W2R's good lead and kicked in a few $$ as well :)

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    1. Integrator,

      No problem on the shout out. Thanks so much for donating to my wife's project, I know she really appreciates it. Plus it helps to get her to back off a bit on my blog time. I can't wait to tell her who exactly that was that donated whenever I get home. As I've mentioned before this is probably one of my favorite new websites since you can donate to education and specifically choose the project you want to endorse. It's sad that you really have to do your homework on charities, some of them spend 90% on their target groups others spend just 50% as the rest is taken up by executive compensation and marketing.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Thanks for the mention! You're doing great and well on your way to reaching early FI. I just got back from traveling, so it's been a difficult week...

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    1. FI Fighter,

      Travelling is great but coming back to everything you forgot needed to be done is a pain. I hate having to catch up on everything. All I can do is make sure that I work every day towards reaching FI. And that will be a so amazing. It'll be so hard to believe when we all make it there.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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