Monday, June 29, 2015

Recent Buy...Again


Whenever I make a new purchase for my portfolio I feel it's only fair to get a post written giving all of the juicy details. I want to be as transparent as possible with my journey to reach financial independence through dividend growth investing. Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around as well as letting me create my own "investing journal" to chronicle why I purchased a company in the first place and that way I can revisit if something changes and make the decision on whether to continue owning the company or not.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Weekly Roundup - June 27, 2015



As per usual this week was very up and down.  Luke continues to befuddle the doctors since he rarely does anything that follows any text book.  For starters, in normal babies if you increase the amount of oxygen they are receiving the oxygen their bloodstream will then increase.  Well, not if you're Luke because his body decided a few months back that no longer works for him.  That's just one of the many things that Luke is writing in his own book on patient care.  If you've been following Luke's story he's back to having his full on clamp down episodes where he sometimes has to pass out before his body will relax and he can recover.  The weirdest thing about it all is that some are unprovoked as far as looking at him but you can tell from the monitors that are hooked up to him that there's a chance it's going to be that bad.  But sometimes they aren't.  And the weirdest thing is that this was happening last Thursday and Friday but then stopped until Thursday of this week despite no changes being made to any of his medications, ventilator support or anything really other than increasing the amount of milk/formula that he gets.  He's a very confusing child to my wife and I, let alone the group of doctors that follow him.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Recent Buy


Whenever I make a new purchase for my portfolio I feel it's only fair to get a post written giving all of the juicy details. I want to be as transparent as possible with my journey to reach financial independence through dividend growth investing. Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around as well as letting me create my own "investing journal" to chronicle why I purchased a company in the first place and that way I can revisit if something changes and make the decision on whether to continue owning the company or not.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Weekly Roundup - June 21, 2015



First off, Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers out there.  For myself, and I'm sure for the majority of you, we are pursuing financial independence not because we hate working.  Rather it's because we hate the things we miss out on because of work which in many cases is family.  Whether it's having to work late to meet a deadline or travel out of town for work, whenever you are forced to keep a job to maintain your lifestyle that comes with a sacrifice.  However, if you combine consistent saving and investing and give it enough time compound interest can do amazing things and allow you the freedom to enjoy more time with family.

This is my first father's day and coincidentally enough it's also Luke's 7 month birthday.  I can't say things have gone exactly as I expected but there's very few things that do.  It's still hard to believe that Luke is 7 months old today but it also seems like an eternity since he was born.  He had another very up and down week but he's currently back on a more stable trend which we hope will continue.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Semi Recent Buy


Whenever I make a new purchase for my portfolio I feel it's only fair to get a post written giving all of the juicy details. I want to be as transparent as possible with my journey to reach financial independence through dividend growth investing. Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around as well as letting me create my own "investing journal" to chronicle why I purchased a company in the first place and that way I can revisit if something changes and make the decision on whether to continue owning the company or not.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dividend Update - May 2015


Another month has come and gone so it's time for my favorite monthly update: my dividend update.  These dividend updates reflect all dividends that I receive through my investing pursuits and I hope can help inspire you to take control of your own finances and invest to build a passive income stream.  What you use that stream for is up to you, whether it's to fund early retirement, just provide some FI/FU money, or even to provide for an annual vacation; the key is that it can provide options and opens up all sorts of possibilities.  You can check my dividend income or progress page to see what dedication to an investment plan can give you.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Weekly Roundup - June 14, 2015


As per usual we've had a few steady days with Luke and then a few rocky days.  Hopefully the down days will start to be less frequent as we give him better nutrition but his body is so sensitive to fluid balance that small changes for most babies can be huge changes for him.  Also I should be heading back to work sometime this week which is a bummer but the good thing is that it means Luke is doing better and also that I should be able to be a bit more consistent with writing.

There's so much to like about dividend growth investing.  For starters even though I haven't been working or actively investing this past 1-2 weeks that doesn't mean the companies I own haven't taken breaks with me.  They're still out there searching for ways to increase their product and service sales whether I'm watching over them or not.  And even better is when the revenue increases lead to profit increases which lead to dividend increases.  Target Corporation did just that for me this past week with a 7.7% dividend increase.  I don't know about you but I don't regularly get raises like that from my employer.  In other portfolio news, the 2:1 stock split for Ross Stores (Full Analysis Here) went through this week so I'm now a proud owner of 56 shares instead of 28.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dividend Growth Investing at Work - Expect More, Pay More?


Something I love about dividend growth investing is that each month I get to hear about companies I own deciding to pay me more money in dividends.  Just for owning a small portion of the companies.  Not going and doing R&D for new products or technology.  Not selling any products.  Not managing any employees or inventory.  All I had to do was have the foresight to invest some of my savings in excellent companies.  That's dividend growth investing at work!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Weekly Roundup - June 7, 2015


Quick update this week since Luke is giving me a chance to write a little bit.  He hasn't strung together two consecutive good days in the last week but yesterday was good and today has been good so far.  We're working on another update on Luke for his blog and that should hopefully be up sometime later this afternoon.

Unfortunately my writing has taken a hit over the past few weeks but that doesn't mean I haven't been active with investing.  Late in May I initiated a position in Ross Stores (Full Analysis Here) but after the share price dropped shortly after my purchase I felt that I needed to average down my cost basis.  So to get June started off right I bought some more shares of ROST.  I also made another purchase during the week and I'll get the post written up about it soon.  Eventually my schedule will normalize and I can get into a groove with writing; hopefully, this week will be the start of that.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Another Recent Buy


Whenever I make a new purchase for my portfolio I feel it's only fair to get a post written giving all of the juicy details. I want to be as transparent as possible with my journey to reach financial independence through dividend growth investing. Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around as well as letting me create my own "investing journal" to chronicle why I purchased a company in the first place and that way I can revisit if something changes and make the decision on whether to continue owning the company or not.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Recent Buy


Whenever I make a new purchase for my portfolio I feel it's only fair to get a post written giving all of the juicy details. I want to be as transparent as possible with my journey to reach financial independence through dividend growth investing. Being open about the moves I make allows for better discussion with all of you and helps spread ideas around as well as letting me create my own "investing journal" to chronicle why I purchased a company in the first place and that way I can revisit if something changes and make the decision on whether to continue owning the company or not.