Weekly Roundup - June 14, 2015

As per usual we've had a few steady days with Luke and then a few rocky days.  Hopefully the down days will start to be less frequent as we give him better nutrition but his body is so sensitive to fluid balance that small changes for most babies can be huge changes for him.  Also I should be heading back to work sometime this week which is a bummer but the good thing is that it means Luke is doing better and also that I should be able to be a bit more consistent with writing.

There's so much to like about dividend growth investing.  For starters even though I haven't been working or actively investing this past 1-2 weeks that doesn't mean the companies I own haven't taken breaks with me.  They're still out there searching for ways to increase their product and service sales whether I'm watching over them or not.  And even better is when the revenue increases lead to profit increases which lead to dividend increases.  Target Corporation did just that for me this past week with a 7.7% dividend increase.  I don't know about you but I don't regularly get raises like that from my employer.  In other portfolio news, the 2:1 stock split for Ross Stores (Full Analysis Here) went through this week so I'm now a proud owner of 56 shares instead of 28.

Also, be sure to sign up to receive posts via email and to follow me on Twitter@JC_PIP so you don't miss anything.  I also started a Facebook page to give people another option for keeping up to date on posts and happenings with the blog.

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!

How to retire early, wealthy, and happy by Financially Integrated

Why I am optimistic about our future investment prospects by Income Surfer

10 Critical tips for dividend growth investors by Sure Dividend

Attention millenials: here is your game plan for retirement by My Own Advisor

Waiting for a correction when many stocks have already corrected? by Dividend Mantra

How to value dividend stocks by Dividend Growth Investor

Recent stock purchase II - June 2015 by DivHut

Recent buys June 5-10th, 2015 by My Dividend Growth

Passive income update - May 2015 by Roadmap2Retire

Be mental tough - Self esteem part 2 by Dividend Hustler

A 1990's bubble stock today by The Conservative Income Investor

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.

Sometimes when I get some free time I like to check out TED talks because there's a wealth of knowledge and always very interesting topics.  Here's an interesting speech about the "Price of Happiness" and how some of the highest priced items in their categories aren't worth anywhere near the price that's charged of them.

I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend.

Image courtesy of Gubgib on FreeDigitalPhotos.net.


  1. It has to be bittersweet getting back to work, but I'm so glad to hear that Lucas is steadily stabilizing, it's amazing how far he's come against all odds.

    I'm looking forward to more posts from you now that you're back on the road. Thanks for the links and for including mine. Best wishes to you and the family!

  2. Hey JC,

    Glad to hear things are doing slightly better and that you're heading back to work. I'm sure it won't be a ton of fun but it'll bring you a bit closer to financial independence and increase passive income!

    Best regards

  3. Hi PIP,

    Indeed dividend growth investing is a pretty sweet way to earn passive income that grows above the rate of inflation, simply due to a smart decision you made years ago.

    Thanks for including me and good luck in your passive income pursuit!

    Dividend Growth Investor

  4. I'm glad to hear Luke is doing better. It sounds like he is moving in the right direction and making some great progress.

    Thanks for putting the list of articles together. Very solid listing of articles that I am looking forward to biting into later today.


  5. JC,

    I seem to recognize that picture. :)

    Glad that Luke is doing better over there and you're going back to work. Hoping that continues for you guys.

    Thanks for the mention!

    Best regards.

  6. Hi JC -- hope things go better for Luke and that your life normalizes soon. You're so right about dividend growth investing. As I get busier at work, I can't spend so much time on monitoring my portfolio... but I know the companies I own shares in are working hard to be able to pay (and increase) dividends. That's really great!

    Best of luck


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