Weekly Roundup - June 25, 2016

Weekly Roundup filled with some of the best articles on dividend growth investing, stock analyses, personal finance and financial independence from the past week.
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Another week down and another week where I have no idea what happened to it.  This was another crazy busy week although much of that is mine and my wife's doing because we're getting into the final countdown with the pregnancy so we're trying to pack in being out with friends since our get up and go days will soon be leaving us behind.  No more last minute decisions to go and watch a basketball game or a soccer match (the US was embarrassed this week if you didn't hear but that free kick by Messi was masterful).
We've also been busy helping to clean out my grandmother's house with the rest of the family as she might be moving soon.  Or might not.  Or maybe.  Or maybe not.  She hasn't necessarily been wishy washy, but it's more the financial situation that's dictating the fits and starts mode that we've been in.  Her current house needs work done on it to be able to sell for top dollar and she also needs to clear enough after the sale of the house to rebuild her cash position and purchase the house she would move into.  What makes things difficult is that all of the work that would need to be done is around $50k, yikes!  And her current house would be one of the highest priced in the neighborhood, but without a fully updated inside.  So we're kind of stuck in no man's land and searching for alternatives.

In case you haven't heard yet the Brexit went through.  This sent global markets into a nose dive with the DJIA dropping over 600 points on Friday alone and the S&P 500 falling 75.  Ouch!  Although for perspective that's 3.39% and 3.59%, respectively, so the overall damage wasn't that bad.  Leading up to vote it appeared that just about everyone expected the vote to leave to fall short of passing, but so much for experts and their opinions.  I'll be the first to say that I haven't studied the ramifications of the Brexit ; however, I DO have an opinion on the matter.

So here's my best guess as to how things play out.  The markets could potentially pull back now that there's a lot more uncertainty.  Or they could move higher because what the hell do I know.  However, when we move out to 3, 5 or 10 years from now this is just going to be another in a long line of forgotten "financial calamities to ruin the world" that never really came to be.

I've still got some work to do with getting on a bit of a schedule for writing, but it's getting better week after week.  I hope to meet up with my buddy this weekend to try and get something ironed out for a tool that I think would be helpful for everyone interested in dividend growth investing.  And meet up to watch a little soccer as well.  Here's to being productive...tomorrow.

One last thing that I need from one of you.  I'm looking to try and find sector/industry market returns since say the mid 90's until now or at least the mid 2000's.  If anyone knows where I can find that I'd truly appreciate it.

The Devil's Financial Dictionary by Jason Zweig (affiliate link) is a nice little time killer that gives brutally honest and often humorous definitions of different finance and investing terminology.

Today's word/definition is:
"Quiet Period, n. - An interval of thirty days before a company's public offering of its securities, during which the company provides no useful information to investors, as opposed to all other times, when it provides almost no useful information."
On to the Roundup

In case you missed them, here's the posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit over the 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!

What If The (Almost) Worst Happens by Our Next Life

Wal-Mart Stock in Focus: Struggles & Prospects by Sure Dividend

How To Get Dividend Investment Ideas by Dividend Growth Investor

Recent Sell - The Big Reset Edition by Roadmap2Retire

What To Make Of The Tesla-SolarCity Deal? by Income Surfer

Recent Stock Purchase June 2016 by DivHut

The Latest Look At My Venture Portfolio by Financially Integrated

The Janitor's Tale by Freedom 35

Revolt Against Fees! by Retire Before Dad

Brexit - Early Thoughts by FI Fighter

Crushing $7,000 In Projected Dividend Income by Dividend Diplomats (Lanny)

Five Common Mistakes Dividend Investors Make - My Self Assessment by Dividends in Hand

Apple Stock: Modern Investing Philosophy by The Conservative Income Investor

A Dozen Things Someone Might Learn About Investing And Business From The Simpsons by 25iq

Types of Dividend Stocks and Investments by Dividend Ladder

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!

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  1. Thanks for including my WMT article in this week's roundup. I agree with you on the Brexit... A few years from now, it will be just a minor blip on the radar.

    1. Ben,

      Yeah the Brexit is likely going to be much ado about nothing. The things that truly rock the financial world are rarely seen by everyone until we're too far into the mess.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Glad the countdown is going well, and thanks for including my post on the Tesla-SolarCity deal. I hope you guys have a great weekend, and that you've been enjoying Euro games.

    1. Bryan,

      We're quickly approaching "go time" although I think it will be really good for my own productivity since I'll be forced to be more efficient with my time.

      All the best!

  3. Thank you for the mention. It would be interesting to observe how the international situation evolves over time

    1. DGI,

      Hope you're having a great weekend. From an economic perspective I don't see this being too big of a deal when we look back on it several years from now. However, for the markets who knows what's going to happen and how things will be in the short/intermediate term.

      All the best!

  4. Thanks for the mention, JC.

    Hope you are having a good weekend.

    1. R2R,

      It was a busy but great weekend. We did get to check out a Beatles cover band that we've seen before that's always entertaining.

      All the best!

  5. Thanks for including my post in the weekly round-up JC.

    Glad to read you're making the most of the pre-baby time with your wife. Hopefully you're trying to bank a couple good nights sleep as well ;-)

    Interested to see what tool you're developing to help the DGI community. I look forward to reading more about it.


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