Cancel Crash? | Weekly Roundup - February 17, 2018

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Well that was a short lived correction.  After the market volatility that saw the S&P 500 down over 10% in just a few short days the week prior, investors bid shares higher and ended with 6 straight up days.  The S&P 500 is still about 4.7% off it's pre-correction high, but it appears like the crash is cancelled as of now.  

Aside from the market rebounding nicely I have to say it was a great week for one of my favorite things: dividend increases.  Three different companies announced that they would be giving me a pay raise!  That's more than I can say about my day job.  Even better is that there's still at least 2 more that I expect to get this month and likely a 3rd one.  Man it's nice to see those raises coming in.

Despite the happiness from seeing dividend increases I have to say the week was pretty frustrating.  It started off with me likely being able to go home last Sunday to now me still being at work and HOPEFULLY getting home tomorrow.  An extra week at work is now bueno.  

To top it off I had driven to town to go get some groceries and went to Wal-Mart just fine.  Went to a gas station just fine.  Came out of the gas station and my car wouldn't start.  I would have loved to save some money and fix it myself, but I wasn't 100% sure what the issue was, I thought it was the fuel pump which is what ended up being the cause, and it would be difficult to diagnose and then get the parts.  

Especially since at the time I had a limited time schedule with me potentially going home on Friday.  So that meant paying for a mechanic to look at it and get it fixed.  Nearly $800 of unplanned expenses later and I was able to get my car again.  At least the extra days at work helped to cover those costs.

Eventually I will get back home, one way or another.  And I can't wait to spend time with my wife and daughter.  They're the reason I do what I do.

On to the Roundup

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Now on to the links!

The Key To Living Longer: Fear Being Alone Far More Than Going Broke by Financial Samurai

The Best Dividend ETF In The Accumulation Phase by Dividend Growth Investor

Business Lessons From Reed Hastings/Netflix (Part 2) by 25iq

Testing Times: Market Turmoil And Investment Serenity by Aswath Damodaran

A Healthy Reminder That Stocks Don't Always Go Up by Retire Before Dad

Mining Stocks - When You Feel Good, Sell (Something) by FI Fighter

Dividend Income - Jan 2018 Update by Tawcan

Haters Gonna Say It's Fake by Done By Forty

Lanny's January Dividend Income Summary by Dividend Diplomats

2017 Goal Review by Time In The Market

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For February 2018 by DivGro

4 Considerations For February by Balanced Dividends

Kroger (KR) Dividend Stock Analysis by Dividend Value Builder

Reflection On A Market Correction & What Did I Buy by Dividends Diversify

Decision Regret by A Wealth of Common Sense

Are Million Dollar Early Retirees Ruining Personal Finance? by ThinkSaveRetire

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!