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Unfortunately this week at home will be coming to an end soon and I'll be headed back out to work most likely tomorrow or Monday. Of course I can't complain because having a second income again is really clearing things up for us financially. We still have a ways to go before we can start investing regularly again, but I can start to see the progress we'll be making which is a big change from the cash drain that we'd been doing for the last 10 months or so.
The bull market has officially turned 8 years old since the markets bottomed out in March 2009. With a bull run this long, markets making a big move with the "Trump Bump" and sitting at all-time highs I can't help but start thinking about investor psychology. While it's great to see more dividends coming in each month or quarter, you can't sacrifice your investment principles just to increase your dividends. That doesn't mean you need to close out your positions and move to cash, but rather just be cautious when investing new capital and make sure the investment meets whatever value investing criteria that you have.
Many of us, myself included, have only invested during the 8 year old bull market and almost everyone I know says that they will ride out the storm when the markets go haywire. While I share in that belief, I can't help but wonder how I'll truly react when all of my positions are down 10%, 20%, 30% or more. It take nerves of steel to see those kinds of losses, even if it's just on paper, and continue forward.
On to the Roundup
In case you missed them, here's the posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit over the past week.
- Dividend Growth Investing at Work - A B&M Retailer That's Doing Just Fine
- 14 Option Moves to Boost My Investment Income
- Dividend Update - February 2017
- Dividend Growth Investing at Work - Canadian Dividend Increases Work Too
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!
Explaining a Paradox: Why Good (Bad) Companies Can Be Bad (Good) Investments by Aswath Damodaran
Rant: ??? by 1500 Days to Freedom
Passive Income Update - February 2017 by Roadmap2Retire
Epistemologically Arrogant by A Wealth of Common Sense
Update - Life & Investing by Income Surfer
Protect Your Net Worth From Financial Distortion by Financial Samurai
Insuring Your Portfolio With Insurance Stocks by DivHut
Five Myths About Index Investing by Dividend Growth Investor
Disturbing New Facts About American Capitalism by Jason Zweig
Why I Don't Feel Wealthy Today by Retire Before Dad
Pressure Test Your Retirement Plan With The Five What Ifs by Our Next Life
Bert's February Dividend Income Summary by Dividend Diplomats
If you're looking for investment ideas, A Frugal Family's Journey maintains a list of stock analyses and recent buys from fellow bloggers.
I hope you all have a great weekend!
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