Weekly Roundup - February 11, 2017

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.
It's been a busy week in my world with lots of changes.  The big one being me heading back to work.  After much thought and deliberation, and of course some fortunate timing, it just made sense to return to work.  It will allow my wife and I a lot more freedom financially although it comes with the big drawback of being away from home.  Life is always about trade-offs.
As I expected my activity with options in my Rollover IRA has decreased significantly over this past week.  Part of that is due to the market not providing a whole lot of opportunities, but it's primarily due to not being awake during the majority of the market hours.  Since I'm working nights it makes it a lot more difficult to be able to scan for potential opportunities.  I went from the high single to double digit weekly option moves to only 2 new positions being opened this week with 4 being closed.  I'll highlight all of the moves early next week, but I really hope to find a way to keep the options moves rolling along.

Although the good thing is that my portfolio and dividends keep chugging higher whether I do something or not.  That's the real power of dividend growth investing.  This coming week I'm expecting potentially 4 dividend raises to be announced.  

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!

Apple: The Greatest Cash Machine in History? by Aswath Damodaran

Recent Buy - Baby R2R's New Portfolio by Roadmap2Retire

Broke, Unemployed and Living with my Parents by Retire Before Dad

Consistency & Self Delusion by A Wealth of Common Sense

12 Dividend Growth Stocks That Meet My 'Magic Formula for Dividend Growth Investors' by Chuck Carnevale

Pivot: Rethinking Our Exposure to Agricultural Commodities by Income Surfer

Making Peace with Working the Full Year by Our Next Life

Whole Foods Market (WFM) Dividend Stock Analysis by Dividend Value Builder

Dividend Income Update January 2017 by DivHut

A Dozen Lessons on Growth by 25iq

Why Don't Small Corporations Have Large Amounts of Cash? by The Conservative Income Investor

How to Start Investing in Dividend Paying Stocks by Tawcan

Annual Review 2016 by DivGro

How Much Money Do You Need to Retire? by Dividend Growth Investor

Lanny's Automatic Dividend Investment Strategy by Dividend Diplomats

Booking Profits - B2Gold by FI Fighter

If you're looking for investment ideas, A Frugal Family's Journey maintains a list of stock analyses and recent buys from fellow bloggers.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  

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  1. It sure will be tricky trading options with you working nights. Your moves have been a good lesson for me over the weeks -- so thanks again for sharing your strategies.

    Thanks for linking to the Baby R2R portfolio post. I hope you have a great weekend


    1. R2R,

      It's definitely harder to do whenever you're asleep during most of the hours that the market is open. Although a lot of it has to do with not finding many opportunities. When the markets make extended moves higher it sucks the value and the premium out of the options market which is a bummer. Eventually though we'll get some more volatility to juice up the premiums.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Glad to hear the transition is going well. Thanks for sharing my recent post on my investment thoughts. Give me a call if you're awake during reasonable hours.

    1. Bryan,

      Yeah in my 9 months off nothing really changed so I jumped back into work pretty quickly. The harder transition is not being able to see my wife and daughter but luckily I'm in a pretty good area and have decent cell service so I can still talk to them every day and get picture updates.

      I'll try and give you a call over the next couple days.

      Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Thank for the suggested reading JC. There are a few posts that I have not come across. Also, thanks for the continued mention of our two collections. Just updated them both this morning too. :)

    Enjoy your weekend my friend. AFFJ

    1. AFFJ,

      Another weekend of work for me, but I can honestly say it's not that bad. Now I just need to get into a bit of a routine, but I can't wait until I can get back home and see my girls.

      All the best.

  4. Thanks for the links. I will be checking them out.

  5. Going back to work after tasting that freedom is probably a big transition but sounds like the best solution for you right now.

    1. TITM,

      This is the second time I've done that and I have to say it doesn't get any easier. But like you said it's the best thing for us financially over the coming years and will allow us to move forward with our financial goals which will help push us to financial independence.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. PIP -

    How have the hours been at work?? Feeling tired at all or more energetic? Curious on the impact on your mind/health.

    As always, thank you again for including me on your list, very appreciative and an honor, no doubt! Keep killing it.


    1. Lanny,

      So far it's been pretty good. I still work 12 hours shifts, but I can't really complain because I get to sit inside in the A/C. The other good thing is that as long as things are going well, and my focus stays high, I can use my work time to write which is a big bonus.

      My wife and I have both handled the transition pretty well. Surprisingly enough I'm more energetic whenever I work nights despite my sleep schedule getting completely out of whack. I sleep less but seem to be more awake than when I work days, go figure. Plus working nights is good because almost all of the bosses work regular hours so you don't get bothered too much at night. Can't complain about that.

      Hope you had a great weekend.

  7. Thank you for sharing the DivHut post. Much appreciated. The beauty of human nature is that we can adapt to any situation. Working, not working, being a parent or not, healthy, sick, whatever. In time, we all get "used" to our situations. Looks like you are making the best of yours. As you already know, nothing in life is permanent and working nights might result in working days eventually to not having to work at all. What exactly is your new job?

    1. Keith,

      My new job is the same as the old one. I work in the oil field on the upstream/drilling side of things. My title is an MWD Engineer and I run tools that tell the operators (BP/XOM/CVX...) the direction we're drilling and the formations that we're drilling through. The actual work part is a pretty sweet gig, at least here on land. On a good rig with the right set up things run really smoothly so I can spend my work time doing other things. Of course the big drawback is that I'm away from home, but we all have to make sacrifices in our life. Everything is give and take and for now this was the best thing because it allowed us to stop the leak and start making progress again.

      All the best.


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