Weekly Roundup - July 2, 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 gone and another week without a baby.  We're actually glad we haven't gotten to meet our little one just yet because both my wife and I wanted the baby to be born in July, if we had a say in it.  If the baby happens to come on July 5th then it'll be pretty cool because that just happens to be my half birthday.  The really great news is that the baby officially turned itself and is no longer breech so now we're just in wait and see mode until the baby decides to join us.
Other than the U.S. markets almost completely recovering from the Brexit downturn it was a semi active week for my portfolio.  General Mills surprised me with another dividend increase, their second in as many quarters which was great to see.

The big banks also had the results of the Fed's stress tests and capital allocation plans were approved for my holdings in Wells Fargo, Bank of America and J.P. Morgan.  It's interesting to see the capital allocation plans from the 3 banks.  J.P. Morgan is keeping the dividend steady but increasing buybacks.  Wells Fargo said it received no objection to their plan but didn't give much guidance as of yet.  And Bank of America is increasing to its buyback program and also giving a long awaited boost to their dividend.  It might have taken a bit longer than I'd like, but a 50% increase will sure help to make up for the delay.

The other news from the week was Mondelez making an offer to buy Hershey.  The share price of Hershey jumped pretty big on the news, but this deal didn't have a real shot at being approved by The Hershey Trust which has something like 80% of the voting rights for the company.

This past week was much better in regards to being productive with my time while writing.  I finally got another stock analysis up, this one was on PepsiCo, and I hope to get back into a groove with that over the coming weeks.  I also got to meet up with my friend again to discuss a tool that I've got in mind for everyone to use and we ironed out how the database needs to be set up.  I'm hoping we can something put together soon to test the idea/concept.

Also, I'm still looking for 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:
"Regression to the mean, n.: The tendency of above-average results to be followed by below-average results and for unusually bad outcomes to be followed by extremely good ones; the most powerful force in financial physics."
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!

The Real Risk Behind International Investing by Dividend Growth Investor

Dear Diary: I Dare You To Be You by FI Fighter

July 2016 Stock Considerations by DivHut

Outlook For July 2016 by Roadmap2Retire

2016 Blue Chip Stocks List: 3%+ Yield And 100+ Year Histories by Sure Dividend

Our Biggest Lesson From The Financial Crisis: Don't Bank On Going Back To Work by Our Next Life

Monthly Review: June 2016 by DivGro

Another Reason To Be Financially Independent by Tawcan

A Better Way To Achieve A Concentrated Portfolio by Financially Integrated

How To Build A Dividend Portfolio by Simply Safe Dividends

Recent Buy: Lazard (LAZ) by Income Surfer

Alphabet Stock: High Chance Of Outperforming The S&P 500 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.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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  1. Great to hear that the baby turned and isnt breeched anymore. Should be any day now :)

    Thanks for the mention and have a wonderful Fourth of July.

    1. R2R,

      Yeah that was a big relief since it was the only real issue we had left. My wife is definitely ready to get this baby out since just moving is such a big hassle now.

      All the best!

  2. Thanks for sharing my recent post JC. Glad you guys are doing well! I have to admit that I've been a lazy bum, and will contact you this afternoon.

    1. Bryan,

      Yeah I was talking with my friend about how unproductive I've been. When I was working and had 12 hours I'd get a lot done. Now that I have 24 hours a day to myself it's so difficult to get focused. But I'm getting into a much better routine and basically just making myself sit down in front of the computer for a bit.

      Look forward to hearing from you.

  3. Thank you for the mention PIP! Looks like you have a lot going on.

    I think that the baby will likely soak up a lot of your free time ( days and nights), but that is normal part of life.

    I definitely look forward to hearing where you go next. And being a bum is pretty cool - you have worked incredibly hard to be where you are in life today. So savor the moment. You will likely be "working" in some capacity for the next several decades anyways!

    1. DGI,

      Yeah there's a whole bunch going on as we're heading into the final days of the pregnancy. The baby will definitely be a change to our ability to just get and do whatever, but I'm hoping it really spurs me into being more productive with the time that I get to myself.

      All the best.

  4. That is great news about the baby. A couple of the listed articles I have read but some of them I haven't. Thanks for sharing!

    1. More Dividends,

      That was the only issue we were dealing with so it's great that the baby finally got on board and turned itself around. Now we just hope the baby doesn't turn back around because it's a pretty active baby.

      All the best.

  5. As always a nice collection of great reads and I thank you for including DivHut in your round up as well.

    1. DivHut,

      There's been some great content coming out and it's always motivating to see everyone making progress month by month.

      All the best!


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