Weekly Roundup - October 8, 2016...I'm Back

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.
I'm back!  In case you didn't know I was in Washington D.C. last weekend so sorry...no roundup last week.  Although you'll get a bit of a double dose to make up for it.  

It was a bachelor weekend for me to head up to D.C. for a buddy of mine's wedding.  I hadn't been up to the area in 7-8 years so it was great getting to go and even better to get to do a last solo trip before officially becoming a full-time SAHD.  Which by the way went well this past week with few tears by my daughter and myself.

D.C. was awesome although I have to admit it was a long and tiring trip and I was glad to head back home last Sunday.  It's crazy how having a child changes your perspective on things.  I wasn't even gone for 3 full days but come Sunday I was ready to just teleport back home.  I've added some pictures from my trip and the whole reason to come home further down in the post.

There's not much in the markets that I feel is an overwhelming value purchase right now so I've been a bit more active in the options market.  By selling puts you can generate a "premium" yield or purchase shares at a discount.  That sounds like a good situation to me, especially in the current market environment.  

I opened up 2 more positions this week and closed another position to lock in a gain.  The first put option was on Altria and I'm looking forward to seeing how things play out.  The second one was opened up on Friday so you'll have to wait until tomorrow or Monday to get the full details.

I'm probably a bit tapped out right now for options unless there's an overwhelmingly good opportunity that pops up.  I have to admit that I'm a bit saddened by that since it's been great getting back involved in the options market even though I'm having to be a bit more conservative than I'd like due to limited funds.

Oh yeah, I also added to my Nike (Analysis Here) and V.F. Corporation positions in my Loyal3 portfolio with accumulated dividends.  You've got to love no commission purchases!

U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol building
TPC Potomac
The wedding was held at TPC Potomac.  I'd love to go make some divots on that course.
chicken and waffles, yum
Lincoln's Waffle Shop: No He Didn't Eat Here
World War II Memorial & Lincoln Memorial
Looking at the Lincoln Memorial from the World War II Memorial
Washington Monument at night
Washington Monument at Night
MLK Memorial
MLK Memorial: This was my favorite new memorial in D.C. 
White House
Drizzly pic of the White House with the Washington Monument peeking through the clouds
Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol from the plane ride home
Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol and National Mall from the plane
My reason for everything
On to the Roundup

In case you missed them, here's the posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit over the past 2 weeks.
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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!

Personal Finance Is...Very Personal by Dividend Hustler

Market Timing by Roadmap2Retire

Early FI - There Are No Rules! by FI Fighter

Knowing When To Break Your Own Rules by A Wealth of Common Sense

Update and Recent Buy by Income Surfer

The Most Addictive Thing In The World by Retire29

How Well Do We Really Know Our Post Retirement Selves by Our Next Life

Monthly Review: September 2016 by DivGro

The Best Canadian Railway Stock for Dividend Growth Investors on Sure Dividend

October 2016 Stock Considerations by DivHut

September Dividend Income by Investment Hunting

What Rate of Return Will An Investment In Johnson & Johnson Deliver by Chuck Carnevale via Seeking Alpha

Getting Started - The Hardest Part About Dividend Investing by Dividend Growth Investor

A Dozen Things You Can Learn By Reading "The Success Equation" by Michael Mauboussin by 25iq

September Dividend Income Summary by Bert and Lanny at Dividend Diplomats

Target Stock: A Poor Business Strategy Ahead 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!

Image courtesy of Gubgib via FreeDigitalPhotos


  1. PiP -

    Thanks for the mention, as always! Great reads up there, keep it going!


    1. Lanny,

      No problem. There's always so much great content being put out week after week.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Absolutely adorable little baby!

    All the best,

  3. Thank you for the DivHut mention. Much appreciated. Nice photos too by the way. I haven’t been to D.C. in about 30 years. I imagine it’s changed a lot since my last visit. As a SAHD to another I can understand the excitement of doing a solo trip. Great round up and nice to see you adding some VFC to your L3 account. That name is getting quite attractive as of late.

    1. DH,

      I hadn't been to DC since about 2008/09 so it was good to go back up there and check things out. I love getting to check out some of the cities in the NE. Love going up there and visiting. If somehow we become millionaires via some unknown rich uncle I'd love to have a place up there or do some extended stays. The city was great and it's so different compared to life down here in Houston although I love being in Texas too.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Thanks for adding me to your list of links. I've never been to DC. I really want to go. Great photos.

    1. IH,

      DC is great and it's so much easier to get around than it is down here in Houston. Plus there's so much history up there. I'd love to do an extended stay up there to really dig into some of the museums and other things up there, but sadly that'll have to wait.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thanks for the mention sir!

    I love DC. When we went to take a pic in front of the FED, we were the only people doing so ( and there was noone else to take a pic for us either). I guess it is not a popular tourist destination for whatever reason, lol. I am curious, did you meet any DC bloggers while there?


    1. DGI,

      I meant to add my pic of the Fed but completely forgot. I'm sure I got some strange looks from the various security personnel there because I imagine they don't have too many visitors although arguably it's one of the most important institutions in the city. I wanted to meet up with some other bloggers but I honestly didn't have that much time. One day.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Thanks for the mention, JC. Good to hear that you had a great time in DC and thanks for sharing the pics. Ive been to DC once and liked it -- wouldnt mind visiting again.


    1. R2R,

      DC was awesome and it was great to have a little solo getaway although it was great to get back home to my wife and daughter.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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