Weekly Roundup - October 17, 2015
While home my wife and I went out to go see a movie. I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I saw a movie in the theaters mainly because of the ridiculous prices. But I'd been wanting to go because there's something different about seeing a movie on a huge screen rather than our tv at the house. We ended up seeing The Martian with Matt Damon and I have to say it was better than I was expecting. It was lower on my list of movies to see but it was the only one that the timing worked out unless we wanted to sit around for 30-45 minutes for another movie to start. It was a pretty inspiring story about what one man will do to survive and how others will come to help. I liken it to the battle for financial independence, although at much lower stakes.
I didn't get a whole lot of writing done this week but I should start working on that again over the weekend. I spent most of my time just doing financial homework. As most of you know our lives were crazy over the last year and luckily we were in a position to where we could neglect our finances. That's one of the best reasons I have for why you need to get your financial house in order and build up a margin of safety through cash and investments. When your world is crazy and you're helping someone fight for their life the last thing you want to do is add money troubles on top of that.
Due to the bookkeeping neglect there was a lot of data that was missing that I needed to compile. Mainly it was just collecting pay stubs for this year and getting my tax spreadsheet caught up. It's not necessary but given my variable work income, dividend income, capital gains/losses, and blogging/writing income I like to stay on top of things in regards to taxes. Everything is caught up for the most part, although there's still a more loose ends that need to be tied up.
One last thing, help me root on my Texas A&M Aggies this afternoon as they play Alabama in college football. Gig 'Em! And BTHO Bama!
In case you missed them, here's the posts from the last two weeks.
- Archer Daniels Midland Co. is Approaching Buy Territory on Seeking Alpha
- Net Worth Update - September 2015
- Dividend Growth Investing at Work - Dividend Increases to Keep You Healthy
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!
A dozen things I've learned from Charlie Munger about moats by 25iq
What they don't teach you in business school by A Wealth of Common Sense
Bill Miller the "contrarian" on Amazon (and a comparison to Wal-Mart) by Building a Stable Dividend Portfolio
Starting a dividend growth portfolio at birth by DivHut
Dividend Growth Update - Third Quarter 2015 by Dividend Mantra
From $0 to $15,000 in dividend income in 8 years by Dividend Growth Investor
Portfolio Retrospection by Roadmap2Retire
Appreciation by Dividend Hustler
Eight book recommendations from your favorite bloggers by Income Surfer
Why not retire now? by Financially Integrated
Analyzing Wal-Mart's recent stock price decline by Sure Dividend
Revisiting the two levers philosophy of cash flow management by Joshua Kennon
You need a blog by Retire29
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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