Weekly Roundup - May 31, 2015

My weekly roundup is coming a bit later in the weekend than normal but I'm taking advantage of the time I get with Luke while I can.  He's been doing well the last week and it's been so great having him be relatively stable.  Especially after how crazy the past two weeks have been with him.  I hope to start getting a bit more consistent writing done and get on a bit of a schedule but that really depends on how Luke does and what's going on with work.

We've also been dealing with lots of flooding around the city.  Just for some perspective there was an estimated 35 trillion gallons of rain over the state during May and we had even more fall since that infographic was made.  The flooding was absolutely crazy and even more shocking was how quickly it came.  Luckily we weren't out and about in the rain and didn't have any issues at our house so the flooding was just an interesting story to break up the day in the NICU.

I didn't get much written this past week but I did do a write up about my purchase of W. P. Carey from the middle of the month.  My last few purchases have been REITs because they've taken a hit with the specter of an interest rate increase coming this year.  That's fine by me for short term fluctuations leading to solid entry points in wonderful companies.  W.P. Carey offers great diversification across both industries and geography which is a bonus compared to most REITs out there.

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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!

Four stocks that aren't on my radar but perhaps should be on yours by Dividend Mantra

Simple investing principles to follow by Dividend Growth Investor

Weekly update and a new buy by Income Surfer

Portfolio construction is an underrated skill by Financially Integrated

Control by Retire Before Dad

Moving on by FI Fighter

Financial independence is not a race by Dividend Hustler

Recent buy by Roadmap2Retire

Why Visa stock rises faster than American Express by The Conservative Income Investor

10 non-investing quotes with great investing lessons by Clear Eyes Investing

What metric should you track? by Dividend Engineering

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 rest of the weekend.


  1. Glad you didn't have any trouble with the flooding buddy. Obviously, I'm also glad Luke has been doing better. Wishing you guys the best and thanks for sharing my update.

  2. Hey JC,

    As always, thanks for putting this together! Will dive into all these articles. Enjoy your time with Luke, man.

    Best regards

  3. Whew that Texas flood was something else, after years of dry season then a flooding rain... Whats up with this weather... Im glad your family is safe and I felt sorry for the affected families.

    Thanks for compiling the weekly roundup, I found lots of informational reads.

  4. Nice to see a post JC. Glad you're on this wonderful journey with us bud. Wish you and your family the best! God is with us. Take care my friend.

  5. Glad to read the good news in this post. Hope everything be better soon.
    How did you even have time to wwrite?

  6. Glad to read the good news in this post. Hope everything be better soon.
    How did you even have time to wwrite?


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