It's hard to have both the work and family side of life being chaotic and the good news is that Luke has started getting a bit better with his fluid balance. It had gotten really bad and out of control during the week but on Friday he finally had a day where he was net negative. Thank goodness! I think it's been at least a month since that's happened. His fluid balance was so bad this past week that he had gained over 1 kg in just a week. All fluid. That's not good but hopefully we're moving in the right direction again.
There wasn't a whole lot of news for my portfolio this week. Last week I mentioned possibly selling some of my employers shares and I sold off about 50 shares of HAL this week. Of course the price of oil and oil related companies continued to increase throughout the week so I sold a bit early but I'm looking forward to putting that capital to work in some excellent companies. Two companies that I'd love to add to my portfolio are Ross Stores, Inc. and Becton, Dickinson & Company. Both of those companies are excellent and should continue to reward investors with excellent dividends and capital gains in the future. Unfortunately I think both of them are a bit expensive currently. Other than that there were a couple dividends received and an increase from both Kinder Morgan and Procter & Gamble. Kinder Morgan's was nice but Procter & Gamble's was a bit disappointing.
In case you missed them, here's the posts from this past week.
- Can Becton, Dickinson and Company Cure Your Portfolio? (stock analysis on Seeking Alpha)
- Bargain Hunting with Ross Stores, Inc. (stock analysis on Seeking Alpha)
- Kinder Morgan, Inc. Increases the Dividend to $0.48
Now on to the links!
Finding work-life balance by Tawcan
The problem with ETFs by Roadmap2Retire
Does paying a dividend reduce a company's value? by Dividend Growth Investor
Embrace aging: Things get better over time by FI Fighter
Active versus passive: A dollar isn't a dollar by Dividend Mantra
Putting a value on the things you truly value by Islands of Investing
The money value of time and dividend stocks by Sure Dividend
Investing in your best ideas by Clear Eyes Investing
Cutting the cord - a year without cable tv by Retire Before Dad
How much is a dollar worth to you? by Dividend Life
McDonald's stock analysis - is the golden age of the golden arches behind us? on Dividend Monk
A real dividend growth machine: Q1 2015 review by Dividend Growth Machine on Seeking Alpha
The future of General Electric's dividend after the GE Capital sale by The Conservative Income Investor
Also, if you're looking for investment ideas A Frugal Family's Journey maintains a list of Updated Stock Analyses and Recent Buys from fellow bloggers.
I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend!