Weekly Roundup - July 5th, 2015

This past Saturday was the 4th of July and in the United States of America that means it's Independence Day.  I'm so lucky to be able to live in a country that grants me the freedoms to pursue just about anything I want.  While there's a common date that we share to celebrate the independence of our country, we're all working towards our own independence day: our financial independence day.  We'll each have our own unique day because we are all in different situations and have different means and capabilities to get there, but when you combine consistent living below your means and investing your savings into some of the of the best dividend paying/growing companies in the world, you'll eventually reach that magical crossover point.  That's when you are truly independent!

This past week was very bittersweet.  I knew I'd have to go back to work soon, but of course I didn't want to because of the issues with our son Luke.  If you want to follow along with his story check out his blog at babylukeblog.wordpress.com.  Overall I'd say his situation has slightly improved but that doesn't meant the rollercoaster has evened out any.  One bonus to me being at work is that I'll be writing a lot more consistently which is a nice benefit to my current job.  So you can expect to see more content coming out while I'm at work.  Another benefit is that it means I'll be having a lot more income coming in which means there's more money to save and invest.  I've still been investing over the last few months but at a much slower rate than I normally would be in more certain times.

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!

Freedom Fund Update - June 2015 by Dividend Mantra

Outlook for July 2015 by Roadmap2Retire

What drives future investment returns by Dividend Growth Investor

Monthly Review: June 2015 by DivGro

Your Financial Independence Day by Wallet Engineers

Villain by Income Surfer

July 2015 Stock Considerations by DivHut

Random personal finance thoughts by Tawcan

Investment Income Update - June 2015 by Retire Before Dad

Five attractively valued stocks I want to own by My Dividend Growth

Measuring the success of your dividend portfolio by David Van Knapp on Seeking Alpha

The best way to judge past performance: Part 2 by Chuck Carnevale on Seeking Alpha

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 had a great weekend and for my US readers, Happy Independence Day!

Image courtesy of Gubgib on FreeDigitalPhotos.net.


  1. Hey JC. Thanks for sharing the Weekly roundup. Sounds Bitter Sweet for sure. Luke will do okay. He's made it this far. Nothing's gonna hold him down. You believe it.
    You go do your thing and make your family proud. I'm glad to see posts from you and always look forward to them. Take care my friend.

    1. Hustler,

      Definitely bitter sweet but the good thing is that I'm working probably the closest to home that I've ever worked. Even better is that I'm only 20 miles from the town I went to college in so that's fun. Luke has made it so far throughout his 7.5 months. Wow I can't believe that I'm saying 7.5 months it definitely doesn't feel like it's been that long. There's no telling what the future will bring, but that goes for all of us. My wife and I believe that he'll make it through this current set back and all we've had to rely on this whole time has been hope. He's an extremely strong individual and made it through a lot more than most babies and more than any of the doctors would have guessed. He's going to be a handful once we get him home, whenever that is.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hey JC,

    Another great weekly roundup. Sorry to hear you have to head back to work, but at least you're finding the positives in it.

    All the best to you and your family, especially Luke.



    1. Jason,

      The good news is that I'm fairly close to home and hospital so it's better than the alternative.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thanks for including my "Villain" post in your weekly round up. We keep pulling for you guys. You and your family are pretty damn tough to go through this struggle for so long and keep plowing forward. Take care buddy

  4. Thanks for the inclusion in the list, JC! Much appreciated. I can't wait for financial independence!

  5. Thanks for the the mention JC. We truly appreciate the ongoing support. Glad to hear that you're seeing improvement with your son Luke. We will continue to keep him in our prayers.

    Best wishes and continued success on your journey my friend. AFFJ


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