February is now well under way and continuing to just fly on by. I had a lot of catching up to do this week with several posts that I just haven't been able to write up but I'm glad I did. It's also been a lot busier for my portfolio that I expected it to be. I was hoping for a calm start to the year, but the end of January and beginning of February didn't want any part of that. My option income so far in 2014 has been pretty great and I'm currently about 29% of the way towards my goal of $1,500 for the year. I also sold 2 put options late last week, one on Coca-Cola and one on Phillip Morris. As of now they're both looking good as the markets have started to climb, but there's still a lot of time left for Mr. Market to get in a sour mood. Wal-mart looks like a buy at current levels and since it had been a while since I had reviewed it, it was well overdue. Don't try looking for it here though, I wrote it over on Seeking Alpha and it was my first premium article.
I've mentioned a few times how I've been frustrated with the market dip because the timing was just plain horrible for me. Normally this would be very much welcomed, but since one of my goals for the year is to buy a rental property it's been tough to not use my cash to invest in the markets. I've still made several moves and I haven't had the time to write up about my Phillip Morris add and my new position in Unilever. Fear not though, they'll be coming. The rental property I'm interested in right now has some great possibilities and I can't wait to go check out the area when I get home again. It looks good from a numbers perspective but this is such a big financial decision that it's been hard to move forward without feeling like I'm making a mistake. There's 3 other properties that I want to look at as well that work out to around the same as far as cash flow, but the first one has more potential for price appreciation. Decisions, decisions.
Enough about me though. I want to thank each and every one of you for stopping by, commenting, and sharing anything from Passive-Income-Pursuit this past week. It still amazes me how many other people are pursuing financial independence through dividend growth investing, especially those that keep coming by here. Thanks again and I hope you all have a great weekend.
Now on to the links!
Financial Independence: Visualize the End Game (Then Work Backwards) by FI Fighter
You can't change people, so be the change you wish to see by Dividend Mantra
Why the stock market crash of 2008-2009 was not scary by The Conservative Income Investor
How to retire in 10 years with dividend stocks by Dividend Growth Investor
Strive to wake up and do nothing (with your finances) by Retire Before Dad
Progress...Friends...Articles...Life! by Fast Weekly
Circle of wealth by Brick By Brick Investing
Quick review of 4 dividend growing companies by Dividend Growth Stock Investing
The mutual fund walking dead by A Wealth of Common Sense
I hope you all have a great weekend!