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I know most people prefer their regular 9-5 schedule, but for me I want to go back to working nights. Even though my schedule gets thrown out of whack for a few days when I swap I find it so much easier to focus on writing. That's the big reason that I haven't been able to write as much over the last couple weeks. I don't know if it's that I just get distracted easier because the markets are open so I go looking for opportunities or what, but I do know that I just can't seem to sit down and write like I would like to. Luckily it shouldn't be too much longer for us to finish this well up and then I can hopefully make the change back over.
So far April has gotten off to a slow start for both dividends received and dividend increases with only 2 of the former and 1 of the latter. However, that should be picking up here over the next couple weeks and based on April 2016 there could be as many as 7 dividend increases announced. That's a huge number and I can't wait to see what these companies have in store.
Also in case you haven't started yet the tax deadline for the U.S. is fast approaching. Every year my goal is to get everything completed early, like early March, but every year it seems like I'm having to search for a few other forms and don't get to submit until the week of the deadline. We're just about wrapped up with our taxes and it's looking like we'll be right around even as far as the taxes we've already paid. We're pushing up on the MAGI limit for tax-free deductions to IRAs so we'll be opening up a new account to get as much of a tax credit as we can although it won't be the full contribution.
The good thing though is that as soon as taxes are completely handled, and since we won't be able to fully contribute to the IRAs, that will free up some cash for other uses. Since there isn't exactly anything that's just screaming at me as a great value in the markets that cash will be headed towards debt reduction. It's something we really need to get under control mainly for peace of mind and one less thing to worry about.
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. This dividend growth investing and financial independence community is amazing and the openness from everyone is awesome. Thanks again!
Now on to the links!
The Go Curry Cracker 2016 Taxes by Go Curry Cracker
Why Emerging Markets Are Looking Better Than The USA by Jason Zweig
Dividend Income Update March 2017 by DivHut
Stock Buy - Hormel Foods Corp (HRL) by Investment Hunting
Did We Just Buy A Dividend Stock? by Income Surfer
2017 Top Investment Picks - Q1 Update by Roadmap2Retire
I'm Looking to Buy Dividend Champion Hormel Foods by DivGro
Why It's Always & Never Different This Time by A Wealth of Common Sense
Microsoft (MSFT): A High Quality Dividend Growth Stock in Tech by Simply Safe Dividends
Raytheon (RTN): A High Dividend Growth Stock to Consider on Dips by Dividend Growth Investor
Idle Cash Sitting Under the Couch Cushion by Dividend Diplomats
8 Investments I Made This Quarter by Retire Before Dad
I Purchased United Parcel Service to Meet These Specific Objectives by Chuck Carnevale
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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