It's funny how the markets have their first down month since August and now the markets are going to collapse? Despite how 2013 went, the markets don't normally go straight up. I think what has really been surprising is the volatility so far to start the year off. It's -200 point days for the DJIA, then +160, then -140, then +150, then -300. When the volatility creeps back in, I get excited because that can lead to some great opportunities for long-term investors. Unfortunately for me, this sell-off couldn't have come at a worse time. There's always competing uses for capital, but I need to save up between $20-30k for a rental property if I want to take advantage of that opportunity, but it's been a while since we had some decent to good value propositions in the markets. I've nibbled a bit here and there and sold a few options, which I hope to get a post up about soon.
It was an extremely busy week heading back to work. Very little sleep so I had to catch up on it when I could. I wasn't as active as I'd have like to have been with both my own blog and following all of the other wonderful blogs out there but things should hopefully settle back down now that we're up and running again. I haven't written any more posts for Seeking Alpha yet, but that's in the plans for hopefully sometime next week. I've got a lot of ideas for posts here as well as the normal monthly update posts so my mind keeps getting pulled in different directions. I still can't believe that January is already over, and you know that February will fly by since it's even shorter.
I'd just like to say thank you to everyone that stopped by, commented, or shared a post from Passive-Income-Pursuit this past week. I feel so blessed to be part of this wonderful community.
Now on to the links!
Three years, 440 posts, 12,494 comments and 2 million pageviews by Dividend Mantra
The Value of Books by Fast Weekly
What's your investment philosophy? by Financially Integrated
Why should I become a DIY investor? by The Dividend Guy
Warren Wednesday: 1960 by Pulling Ourselves Up Financially
Coca-Cola: A wide moat dividend growth stock to buy and hold by Dividend Growth Investor
Dare to pursue the unconventional path by FI Fighter
The elephant in my portfolio by Retire Before Dad
Why dividend growth companies make the best investments by Dividend Growth Stock Investing
Buffet's Fourth Law of Motion: Your Behavior by A Wealth of Common Sense
I hope you all have a great weekend and for those that are going to watch the Super Bowl, Broncos or Seahawks?