Weekly Roundup - April 1, 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.
Blink and it's gone.  Somehow the first quarter of 2017 is officially over now that the calendar has turned to April.  That's hard to believe and yet it's true.
I for one am glad to see March come to an end.  Well, the last week of March that is.  On Monday of last week I caught a nasty bug and let's just say things weren't pretty.  Despite having to work while being sick, that's one of the big negatives to my job, I have to say that I'm glad I was at work and not at home where I could have potentially gotten my wife or daughter sick.  That would have definitely been no fun.  After being lethargic from Monday through Thursday, I woke up feeling like a new man on Friday.  Thank goodness!

Being sick wasn't really conducive to me paying much attention to the markets, but one of the great things about dividend growth investing is that those dividends don't call in sick even if you do.  I haven't run the final tally for March, but being the end month of the quarter I'm sure it was a great total.  Most likely it's still short of my all-time monthly high, but it's starting to move in the right direction again which is all I can ask for.

I'm still pretty amazed at the markets' ability to just shrug off any kind of bad news over the past few months.  I still think valuations across the board are stretched, although that doesn't mean there aren't pockets of value out there.  But it seems like at least part of the markets' surge has been on the hopes that Trump will pass much of his campaign promises, especially regarding tax reform and overseas repatriation.  That very well may come to pass, but the markets seem to be pricing that in as a sure thing while, if the Obamacare/Trumpcare repeal/replace failure shows us anything, it's far from a guarantee.  Nevertheless I'm still a big believer in getting my capital to work for me if I find opportunities, but there just aren't that many that I'm finding.

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.  This dividend growth investing and financial independence community is amazing and the openness from everyone is awesome.  Thanks again!

Now on to the links!

"As Long As The Stock Market Doesn't Crash" by Retire Before Dad

What If Other Areas Of Life Operated Like Wall Street? by A Wealth of Common Sense

What To Do About Slowing Earnings Growth? by Dividend Growth Investor

DivGro Pulse: March 2017 by DivGro

Out Of Action by Income Surfer

Early FI - My Revised Thoughts by FI Fighter

April 2017 Stock Considerations by DivHut

March Dividend and Options Income by Investment Hunting

Don't Listen to Us by Our Next Life

Kinder Morgan (KMI): How Appealing Is This Pipeline Giants Dividend Going Forward? by Simply Safe Dividends

How Bill Gates Built His Net Worth: Four Lessons by The Conservative Income Investor

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. PiP -

    Great list of reads for the weekend, thanks for sharing!


  2. Glad to know that you are feeling better, change of weather had me down with a bug too. It's probably in the air. I also hear you on not finding great opportunities to invest in, hoping that this quarter gives us some options.

  3. I keep telling my wife to stop blinking. Seems like the days, weeks and now months are a blur. 1/4 of 2017 is already in the books!?!? Whenever I think about how fast time flies it pushes me to keep investing as much as I can because once that time expires you never get it back. Glad you're feeling better. Thanks for the round up and mention again. Keep investing no matter what's going on in the news!

  4. Thanks for the mention PIP. Hope you are doing better.

    I have noticed a lot of people who have been sick for a while this year.

    While it is hard to find opportunities, that doesn't mean that we will see lower prices soon ;-(


  5. Good read of reads for a nice lazy Sunday. Sorry to hear about your flu, hope you're feeling better.


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