Saturday, August 29, 2015

Weekly Roundup - August 29, 2015

What a week!  As I'm sure everyone is aware of the stock markets took a big step back to start off the week.  The DJIA dropped almost 1,100 points in the first 10 minutes of trading Monday morning.  I almost couldn't believe what I was seeing as I was scanning my portfolio and seeing nothing but RED.  Lots of the early morning losses were recovered throughout the day but volatility had definitely spiked.  The S&P 500 and DJIA were both essentially flat for the week so the markets went everywhere but nowhere.

Unfortunately I didn't get to participate in the turmoil, aside from seeing my portfolio's value decline.  That's right no purchases for my FI Portfolio.  Although that's not because I was scared, worried, or didn't want to.  It was just a factor of not having available capital at the time.  It was one of the worst times as a long term investor to be caught without capital.  However, I'm quite pleased with the fact that my first instinct was to rush out and make purchases but in the end I knew it was the wrong thing to do because our finances took a big hit with the loss of our son.  $12k in expenses we always knew were a possibility but never really thought would happen will do that.  So I held off for now.  I have no idea if the bull run will continue marching on or if this is just the start of something worse, or better depending on your perspective, but over the next month or two I'll be doing my best to save as much as I can to get ready to load up on any other opportunities that we get.

In case you missed them, here's the posts from this past week.
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Once again I'd like to say thanks to each and every one of you that read, commented, and shared posts from here this past week.  I think this dividend growth investing and financial independence community is amazing and the openness from everyone is awesome.  Thanks again!

Now on to the links!

Why I'm glad to have had a job I hated by Dividend Mantra on The DIV-NET

A burst of sunshine for the Islands! by Islands of Investing

Do not get emotionally attached to a dividend position by Dividend Growth Investor

Double dipping through dividend growth investing by No More Waffles

Five high quality dividend growth stocks that look very appealing after recent volatility by Dividend Mantra

What a day by Income Surfer

My plan for stock market fear and panic by Financially Integrated

Breathe, relax, world is not ending by Tawcan

Hold your drawers and buy stocks by Retire Before Dad

Recent buys - August 3rd-24th by My Dividend Growth

Apple & Disney: Similar past, similar issues, similar future by The Dividend Guy

Recent buy - Starbucks by Roadmap2Retire

Understanding fair valuation: A common sense approach to long term investing success by Chuck Carnevale

When doing the right thing doesn't pay off by The Conservative Income Investor

A dozen things I've learned from Charlie Munger by 25iq

Also, if you're looking for investment ideas, A Frugal Family's Journey keeps a list of stock analyses and recent buys from fellow bloggers.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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  1. Thanks for compiling a great set of reading links and including my post, JC.

    Have a great weekend

  2. JC, I feel for you over the loss of your son. It puts everything else in our lives in comparison. Investing, Early retirement, market crashes. These things just don't seem to matter, My best to you and your wife to move forward.

  3. JC,

    Taking care of personal matters is far more important than worrying about buying stocks. My best with all that.

    Appreciate the mentions. Hope you guys are having a nice weekend over there.


  4. I am so sorry about the loss of your son...

    Thank you for the mention PIP.