Weekly Roundup - September 10, 2016...What a difference a day makes!

Curated list of articles on dividend growth investing, financial independence, freedom and passive income
Happy Weekend!  Check out what's been going on in my world and some of the best articles from around the blogosphere.
What an interesting end to the week for the stock markets.  The S&P 500 didn't really do anything Tuesday through Thursday, but all bets were off once Friday came.  The S&P 500 shed over 50 points, 2.5%, on Friday alone and the losses kept building throughout the day.  This is a good start to the long awaited and oft called for correction, but there's still a long ways to go.

The big decline was credited to interest rate hike fears.  Fed speak might have been the actual reason for the change in investor sentiment, but it's important to remember that the stock market was far from valuations that reflect the fundamentals of the underlying businesses.  But with the Fed involved who knows what the next move in the markets will be.  Since the tech bubble/crash we've had the Greenspan "put", the Bernanke "put" and now the Yellen "put" to support asset prices over facing the economic realities.

About the only green in my portfolio on Friday was the call option on volatility that I bought last month.  The premise behind buying the call was that everything was way too quiet during August and I expected to see the markets embrace the volatility at least.  The VIX index spiked up to 17.5 and on Friday alone that represented a 30%+ return, although I'm only sitting on a 14% gain from my purchase.

There's still a long ways to go on the option and timing is critical to maximize the returns from this trade.  With over 2 months until expiration I think I'll still ride it out because I think there's potential for some big returns.  Even if volatility declines from here, Friday showed us how quickly things can change.

Other than Friday's action this week was rather boring.  Although I did open up one more option position on the expectation of higher volatility.  I'll detail everything over the coming days.  There was even another dividend increase which is always welcomed.

What did you think about Friday's drop?  Is there more in store or will we move higher from here?  Did you add to your portfolio?

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!

Overvalued Consumer Staples - A Threat to DGI by Ted Fischer on Seeking Alpha

Pursuing Freedom Interview #8 - Investment Hunting on It Pays Dividends

Recent Sell - Realty Income Corp. by Roadmap2Retire

The World is Speeding Up, We're Eager to Slow Down by Our Next Life

Why Walgreens is Long-Term Buy Now by Sure Dividend

Preparing for a Stock Market Correction by Dividend Growth Investor on Seeking Alpha

Dividend Income Update August 2016 by DivHut

Dividend Stocks Look Expensive...But Does This Matter? by Financially Integrated

Home Run #6 by DivGro

Our Financial Independence Assumptions - What About Taxes? by Tawcan

Ask the Readers - Is Tax Prep Assistance Worth the Money? by Income Surfer

Recent Stock Purchase by Dividend Life

Disney (DIS): 3 Risks to Consider Despite Strong Dividend Growth by Simply Safe Dividends

September 2016 Dividend Growth Watch List by Building Income Investments

How My Stock Portfolio Has Skyrocketed by Dividend Diplomats

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 list once again! Curious to know how you decide which links to add? How do I make it? :)


  2. What did you think about Friday's drop? Is there more in store or will we move higher from here? Did you add to your portfolio?

    I think it's about time. I can see it continuing through next week. I hope it goes down for a while and opens up some buying opportunities.

    1. Divi Cents,

      About time is right although I honestly have no clue where we go from here especially now that there's been a weekend to digest the "news" of a potential rate hike. I personally don't expect a hike this month, but think it'll be raised in December so it's after the elections. That shouldn't matter, but they'll likely play around it. It's important to remember though that the drop looked big but we're really only talking about 2% declines and likely 3-4% off the all time highs. That's still far from bargain levels.

      Happy shopping!

  3. Thanks for including a link to my Home Run #6 article!

    Friday was a big jolt due to some hawkish comments by some Fed members. I'm not sure that we'll see an interest rate hike this year, though. Would the Fed want to rock the boat before the elections? Mmmm... not so sure. We'll see how it goes!

    1. Ferdi,

      If the Fed does decide to raise rates then I fully expect it to come in December and not this month mainly due to the elections. They're supposed to be independent but they're far from it. I'd love to see some more volatility although I'm a bit disappointed I didn't get any more VIX trades on.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Passive Income Pursuits -

    I LOVED THE MARKET ON FRIDAY!!!! Haha, sorry for the caps, but I am that excited. I am only eager to see if the blood bath continues tomorrow, at least I am hoping. I just may be making a move or two or... three? We shall see.

    Also - mad props for the mention here - very fortunate and very thankful for it! Hope you had a nice weekend PiP!


    1. Lanny,

      I think it was a great start to something, but who knows where things will go from here. In my opinion the markets haven't been following the business fundamentals for a while so that could finally be ending or we could just keep with the same.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thanks for mentioning Sure Dividend in this week's roundup!


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