The markets sure are in a sour mood to start off the year. After being down about 6% through the first 5 trading days of the year the S&P 500 is now down 8% year to date. If only I had some cash ready. Luckily though I'm working on getting money moved around in order to restart our Roth IRAs so hopefully sometime over the next couple weeks we can start making the first purchases.
Other than the market turmoil and the noise from the financial media it was a pretty calm week. I had gone back to work a week ago Friday and it was great because it was only 2 hours or so from the house and about 30 minutes outside of College Station, home of my alma mater Texas A&M University. I loved getting to be back in the area of where I went to school and even walked around campus a couple days just to check things out.
It was behind the scenes but I got a lot of writing done this past week and it felt great. I was able to get 5 full articles written and another one is about half way done and I even got some very rough outlines for another 2-3. So the creative juices were definitely flowing this past week although there's still a whole lot of work/writing to get done because I still need to get out a post about our 2016 Goals. There's only 2 weeks left before January will be behind us so that's high on the priority list for this week.
On to the Roundup
In case you missed them, here's the posts since my last Weekly Roundup.
- Dividend Update - December 2015
- Dividend Growth Investing at Work - The First Raises of 2016!
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 confirmation bias is a portfolio killer by Psycho Analyst on Seeking Alpha
Bear Markets Create Millionaires by FI Fighter
How I'm Managing Current Market Volatility by Financially Integrated
Annual Update - 2015 Review by Roadmap2Retire
Dividend Investors: Stay the Course by Dividend Growth Investor
State of the Portfolio - December 2015 by Retire Before Dad
A Valuation Guide During Bearish Markets by Dividend Monk
Recent Stock Purchase January 2016 by DivHut
The Sky is Falling by Income Surfer
Dividend Aristocrats Part 45: Dover by Sure Dividend
Dividend Stock Analysis Checklist by Dividend Value Builder
10 Attractive Dividend Growth Stocks Poised to Become the Next Dividend Champions or Aristocrats by Chuck Carnevale on Seeking Alpha
Don't Buy Ford Stock for a Long Term Investment Portfolio by The Conservative Income Investor
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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