We're down to just 4 more shopping days until Christmas, so you better get on out there if you haven't bought everything yet. It's looking more and more like I'll be home for Christmas, which is just awesome. If I'm home for Christmas this year it'll somehow be 3 of 4 Christmas's and 2 of 4 Thanksgivings. Considering that's just from complete luck as the timing of wells/jobs has worked out, but I'll take luck any day of the week, especially near the holidays. I'm looking forward to getting to spend time with my family most of all, as that's one of the big reasons that I'm striving for financial independence at such a young age. I know we'll all be busy over the next week and a half, so Merry Christmas and I hope you get to spend the holidays with your friends and loved ones.
There wasn't much in the form of investing news this week, although I finally got the time to write up a post about some option transactions that I had made last week. I did get another stock analysis report written up on Church & Dwight Company (CHD). In case you don't know, they're a mid-cap consumer staples company and while you might not know some of their brands off hand just to name a few are Arm & Hammer, OxiClean, Spinbrush, and Trojan.
One very interesting thing I found this week came from a post by Dividend Growth Investor. He mentioned Loyal3 and it really intrigued me. Loyal3 offers a way to purchase stocks for no fee and with at little as $10. That's right, you can buy partial shares in companies. They have a limited selection of companies, but just to name some of the dividend growth companies on board there's Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper-Snapple, McDonald's, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Target, VF Corporation, and Wal-mart. And of the bonuses to Loyal3 is that you can purchase the stocks using your credit card and earn your rewards. Obviously this will only work out well for those that can be responsible with credit cards and pay off the bill every month, but it could be an interesting way to both earn rewards and DCA into some great companies. Definitely something to look further into.
I'd like to say thanks again to Kanwal from Simply Investing for letting me review his Simply Investing Course and to let me give out one Value package of his course to a lucky reader. If you haven't done so already, either comment or use the contact form on the right side of the page to let me know your name, why you 'd like the course, and what your goals are. The deadline is tonight at midnight. All entries will be accepted and the winner will be selected at random.
Thanks again to everyone that stopped by, commented, or shared posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit this past week. I appreciate all of your support and you all continue to inspire, motivate, and teach me.
Now on to the links!
Never sell a blue chip stock that drowns you in dividends by The Conservative Income Investor
Rick Ferri on stock losses by A Wealth of Common Sense
Should I increase my debt? by Get Financially Integrated
Consistency is my superpower by Dividend Mantra
Getting started - common investing mistakes by Roadmap2Retire
Are you getting your share of the pie? by Pulling Ourselves Up Financially
2014 financial goals by Compounding Income
The four horsemen of the financial independence fighter by FI Fighter
Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a great weekend!