Weekly Roundup - May 2, 2015

It's been great being off work for just over 2 weeks but I do have to admit that I'd like to get back to work as long as Luke is stable.  I actually ended up making two purchases this week which was the first ones in just over a month.  I was starting to have a bit of withdrawal.  The first purchase wasn't for the best valuation possible but I believe it's one of the best companies in the health care space.  Especially since I've seen how much they go through the company's products with just Luke.  I haven't gotten a post written up about the second purchase I made but I hope to get that out over the next few days.

One thing that I really want to get done this year is swapping my little place of the internet to a self hosted Wordpress blog and try and revamp things a bit.  There's just a lot more freedom going that route although there will be a bit of a learning curve.  I also would like to get a logo as well but unfortunately the creativity gene skipped me.  If anyone has any tips, tricks, ideas feel free to email me or leave them as a comment.  I know, this was a goal for last year too.  Ooops!  But there's no sense in dwelling on the past.

In case you missed them, here's the posts from this 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!

Time in the market is what matters most: "Overpaying" for quality investments by FI Fighter

What makes consumer staples the perfect dividend growth companies? by Dividend Growth Investor

6 Debt-free Dividend Growth Stocks by Retire Before Dad

The new goal on top of our list... by Income Surfer

Hope is not a strategy, before investing have a precise return calculation in mind by Chuck Carnevale

Aqua America (WTR) Dividend Stock Analysis by Roadmap2Retire

My stock watchlist for May 2015 by Dividend Mantra

The newest dividend growth challengers: technology by My Dividend Growth

Should your investment be paying a dividend? by Financially Integrated

Are we there yet? Work freedom age calculator by Dividend Life

Dividend Grudge Match: Drug Manufacturers by Dividend Ladder

Things people say in a bull market by A Wealth of Common Sense

Recent Buy: Omega Healthcare Investors by DivGro

Financial advice - get in line and stay in line by Tawcan

Why Wall Street Ignores Perfectly Good Blue Chip Stocks by The Conservative Income Investor

The stock market is a giant distraction by Clear Eyes Investing

DivHut turns one by DivHut

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!


  1. Nice list of reads JC. I've read a few but you also had a couple posts that I hadn't come across yet. Thanks for sharing. Also, thanks for sharing the link to our Collection of Stock Analyses and Collection of Recent Buys. I should have a post to recap the buys for April later today. :)

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. AFFJ

    1. AFFJ,

      Glad there were some new reads for you. There's just so much information on the internet that it's amazing how much we can read and still miss a lot of. And that's with focusing on a narrow reading subject as well.

      My wife and I were able to get out of the hospital for a little bit and see friends and go to a crawfish boil so that's always fun. Today's hopefully going to be uneventful though.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thanks for the mention, JC.

    Have a great wknd

  3. Thanks for sharing my post buddy. It's been too long since I've added to our dividend holdings....as well. We're going to pick up some JNJ this week.

    Hope Lucas grows stronger and more stable!

    1. Bryan,

      Yeah it's always a bummer when I have to wait between making purchases but hopefully financial matters will settle down and I can start getting into a rhythm of making regular purchases. JNJ is always a great pick up! Added some to our portfolio this past week.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Glad to hear you've enjoyed some time off and I hope the little guy keeps progressing so you can get back to work like you want. I really enjoyed your content this week and am glad to see some more suggested reading. Thanks for including me and have a great weekend!

    1. Ryan,

      The hardest part about the issues with our son is that there's nothing my wife and I can do to help other than advocate for him, talk to him, read to him... Even more frustrating is that the doctors are a bit stumped right now too. I've actually been surprised that I haven't had to go back to work yet but I'm not exactly in a hurry to call them and tell them I need to go out. Although I might do that this week if it looks like nothing's going to happen with Luke.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I scanned thru those links and some are interesting reads. Thanks for sharing them.

  6. Thanks for the mention! Hope you're have a great weekend!

  7. PIP,

    Thank you for compiling this list and including my article! Good luck on your journey my friend!


  8. Thanks for the mention, JC. Thanks for compiling these posts and helping your readers get a wider perspective of what's going on in the world of dividend growth investing. I hope Luke continues to improve and that you can stay at work as you need to. Take care!


  9. Hi JC,

    Thanks for including my post in your list of articles! It's certainly an interesting list so thank you for putting it together again.
    Best wishes for you and your family; Luke's certainly been going through a lot over the last couple of weeks and I hope he's doing better this week.


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