Weekly Roundup - July 15, 2016...Sleepless Nights Edition
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In case you don't remember we decided to not find out the gender of the baby so there was an extra excitement level to find out if we were having a boy or girl on top of the excitement of having a baby in the first place. Everything went smooth with labor and delivery and at 7:08 PM on July 9 we welcomed our 8 lb 12 oz baby girl Evelyn Grace into this world.
There's probably very few times in one's life that truly encompasses just about every emotion that you can go through. Happiness...fear...anxiousness...the list goes on and on. And while everything has changed for my wife and I, we wouldn't change it for the world.
With a new baby in tow and fully in charge of everything my writing might have to take a backseat for the next few weeks. But have no fear because if you've already noticed I've had some other great bloggers adding some posts to help cover me during the crazy times. Thanks Ben and Bryan! And there's some more to come although I'll still sprinkle in some posts of my own.
Investing really is a crazy thing! Just a few short weeks ago the global economy was about to take a nosedive dragging equities down with it due to the surprise "yes" vote on the Brexit. Volatility reared it's head for a few days, but all of a sudden the markets, at least the U.S. indices, are sitting at or near all time highs.
My portfolio is at the highest levels it's been...ever. It's pretty crazy to think that my portfolio is very close to breaking the $200k level despite a net withdrawal of over $15k from the portfolio over the last 12 months. I have no idea where the markets will go from here, but I'm sure it'll be interesting and likely the opposite of what everyone is expecting.
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:
"Tactical Asset Allocation, n. - A way of describing 'market timing' with nine syllables instead of four, making it sound nearly two and a half times more impressive. That does not, however, make it any more likely to be successful."On to the Roundup
In case you missed them, here's the posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit over the past week.
- The Importance Of Setting & Tracking Dividend Goals
- Dividend Growth Investing at Work - Throttling Up Higher Dividends
- Why We Choose Flexible Independence
- The Right Reasons To Seek A Loan For New Borrowers
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!
Index Investing vs Dividend Investing by Sure Dividend
Canadian National Dividend Stock Analysis by Roadmap2Retire
Media, Social Norms And The Problem With "Average" by Our Next Life
Nine Attractively Valued Dividend Stocks To Consider by Dividend Growth Investor
Personal Finance Thoughts From China by Tawcan
My Thoughts On Personal Finance So Far by Dividend Hustler
Update: Purchase, Fun, New Site by Income Surfer
Strategy Adjustment - Taxes...(Series, Part 1) by Dividend Diplomats
Misconceptions About Diversification by A Wealth of Common Sense
Closing Four More Positions by DivGro
A Dozen Things I've Learned From Jenny Lee About Investing And Business by 25iq
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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