Saturday, July 23, 2016

Weekly Roundup - July 22, 2016...Everything's Changing

Weekly Roundup filled with some of the best articles on dividend growth investing, stock analyses, personal finance and financial independence from the past week.
Happy Weekend!  Check out what's been going on in my world and some of the best articles from around the blogosphere.
It's hard to believe that in just less than 12 hours our little girl will be 2 weeks old.  She really is amazing and in just her couple weeks here she's already changed so much.  We went to the pediatrician this past Thursday and as he was checking her out he was surprised that she was keeping eye contact and tracking him as he moved.  He said you don't see that too much with babies that young.

Of course not all change has been for the better.  She graced us with moving her really fussy times to the evenings for about a week and then all of a sudden decided that 2 a.m. was her favorite party time again.  So we've been dealing with that the past few days.

Also, as much as I love her I think she's out to destroy us.  Let me explain.  So early this week we were getting a new roof put on our house.  It was very loud, but guess who slept through every bit of it.  Yep, Evelyn sure did.  But God forbid a pencil falls off the nightstand onto the carpet in the middle of the night she's awake and fussy.

I missed this during the week but Unilever (UL) took a stake in Dollar Shave Club which will be interesting to see how things play out.  Unilever didn't have exposure to the razor market and now they do and they were able to get their claim for a fairly cheap valuation.  This could be trouble for Procter & Gamble (PG) and their Gillette brand.

I'm also doing a lot better with writing than I expected these first few weeks with our daughter at home.  My focus had been lacking after being laid off at the end of April and unfortunately my writing took a backseat for a while.  I was hoping that I would eventually kick myself into gear once the baby came and take full advantage of the free time that she allows me.  *Ugh it's like I still have a boss except I get paid in poop and pee*  So far so good as I've been writing or reading during most of her nap times and I really hope the productivity level stays high.  So be on the lookout for some more stock analyses and some other thoughts on investing.

Also special thanks are owed to Sabeel of Roadmap2Retire and Passive Income Dude for their guest posts this week!

The Devil's Financial Dictionary by Jason Zweig (affiliate link) is a nice little time killer that gives brutally honest and often humorous definitions of different finance and investing terminology.

Today's word/definition is:
"Uncertainty, n. - The most fundamental fact about human life and economic activity.  In the real world, uncertainty is ubiquitous; on Wall Street, it is nonexistent."
On to the Roundup

In case you missed them, here's the posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit over the 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!

Where to Get Good Dividend Investment Ideas on Roadmap2Retire

The Paradox of Saving and Investing by Dividend Growth Investor

Rethinking Work in Early Retirement by Our Next Life

Our Financial Independence Assumptions by Tawcan

How to 80/20 the Hell Out of Your Life - The Pareto Principle by ThinkSaveRetire

Combining Index Investing & Dividend Investing in Your Portfolio by Sure Dividend

Strategy Adjustment - Taxes (Series Part 2) by Dividend Diplomats

Memories Made by Income Surfer

The Strategy Tax by A Wealth of Common Sense

Buffett: The Growth Investor? by Financially Integrated

Money is Energy by Dividend Hustler

There's Always Money in the Banana Stand by Retire Before Dad

Lithium: The Mining Stocks are Getting Hammered by FI Fighter

Three Round Out Buys by DivGro

A Dozen Things I've Learned from Mark Cuban About Business and Investing by 25iq

Accenture (ACN) Dividend Stock Analysis by Simply Safe Dividends

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 the mention and the opportunity for the guest post, JC.

    Wow, she does seem to be out to get you. Sleeping thru house work during the day and keeping you up at night...sounds like she has a devious plan to make your life harder :)

    Rest up and hope her schedule gets better. Have a great weekend

    1. R2R,

      If she can just stick to a schedule even if it's a bad one where she's up in the middle of the night it'd be okay. But changing it makes things hard. We did rent a DVD that's supposed to help with calming/soothing babies and we've tried some of the stuff so far and it worked like a charm. She was super upset this morning around 3/4 AM and I got her calmed down in about 30 sec and then in bed and asleep in another 5-10 min. So hopefully things will get a little easier for the times when she's extra fussy.

      All the best.

  2. Thanks for the mention JC! It is understandable that with a little baby, you are busy. Imagine if you also had to be away from home for 8 - 12 hours/day?

    Speaking of work, I saw somewhere that your industry is about to have talent shortage. I guess after indiscriminately laying off thousands of employees, they would soon need many of them back. Have you considered going back to your previous employer or a competitor?

    1. DGI,

      My wife and I were talking about that this week. I don't know how single moms can do that if they're having to work full time too. That's rough.

      I've been seeing a lot of articles about that with the thought being that many of the older workers have given up on the industry because it's so volatile. It'll be interesting to see how many people truly won't return because the money is really good. My wife and I had a conversation about this about a month ago and I think I would return to my same line of work if the opportunity arises. The money is too good which makes it really hard to pass up plus it would free her up to be able to be a stay at home mom. If hiring doesn't really change until April/May 2017 then it'll be an easy decision, but if it picks up before then it'll be much harder because we both would like for one of us to be a stay at home parent. But the door isn't slammed shut.

      All the best.

  3. Thanks for the mention, JC! I always enjoy your weekly roundup posts -- so much to catch up on over the weekends, and it is great that someone takes the time to collect great articles in a central place!

    Hope things are going great with the little one. They are temperamental, but that's part of life and being her own person. As parents, we have to adjust to that!

    Take care!
    FerdiS, DivGro

    1. Ferdi,

      Glad you enjoy the roundups. There's so much great information out there and I find it hard to keep track of it myself. Plus it's a great way to give back to the authors out there creating it.

      Things are definitely better than the first few days and we're starting to get into a semi routine. Of course she likes to keep changing things up a bit, but everything's great.

      All the best.

  4. Great list of reads. Everyone stepped it up this week ;-)

    1. IH,

      It's always great to see all of the great content coming out week after week.

      All the best.

  5. Thanks for including my article JC. I appreciate it bro.
    Hope all is well with the family. Happy for your little girl. Enjoy her my friend. We're very blessed to have children.

    1. Hustler,

      Everything's going well except for Evelyn constantly deciding to change things up. Although I don't expect that to change much going forward.

      All the best.