Weekly Roundup - June 3, 2017

Curated list of articles on dividend growth investing, financial independence, freedom and passive income
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One of the big downsides to working out of town is that the "honey do" list builds up while I'm away.  This past week I've been very busy scratching items off that list, but since a lot of it was outside the weather didn't cooperate as much as I would have liked.

As it's been for the last few years "buy the dip" has been a winning strategy.  After a small ~1.5% dip about 2 weeks ago the markets have surged higher once again.  The S&P 500 had been flirting with the 2,400 level but kept drifting lower; however, that can no longer be said as it's currently sitting up at 2,439.  It's been a truly incredible run over the last 7 months or so and there's no real sign of the bull market stopping.

Of course, that doesn't mean that I'm going to just throw all my money in the market because deep down I'm value investor first and foremost.  If I don't see companies trading at what I feel are attractive prices then I'll be sitting on the sidelines.

What companies are you finding attractive at the current valuations?
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!

Thirty Dividend Champions to Consider by Dividend Growth Investor

Reframing the Concept of Risk by A Wealth of Common Sense

Set For Life by Income Surfer

Investing - Can't Win 'Em All by FI Fighter

Expert Opinion by Howard Marks

A Matter of Expectations by Jason Zweig

Three Key Actions That Enabled My Early Retirement by Eat The Financial Elephant

Recent Stock Purchase III - May 2017 by DivHut

You Can't Spend Earnings on Dividend Growth Stocks

American Electric Power (AEP): A Safe and Growing Dividend for Retirement Income by Simply Safe Dividends

May 2017 Options Income by Hello Suckers

Fears of Being a First Time Home Owner by Dividend Diplomats

9 Dividend Increases: May 22-26, 2017 by DivGro

Ask the Readers: Are You Happy With Your Finances Now? by Tawcan

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. Thanks for sharing our post and book review JC. There isn't a lot I'm finding in the long term buy department right now. I've been making some nice swing trades in some commodity related stocks, but I don't see a whole lot to get excited about. We will start buying financials if the underperformance continues....and VGK and VWO. Have a great week buddy.

  2. To answer your question, I'm still looking at GIS and HRL in June. Of course, GWW and VFC still look attractive as well. There are individual names trading at pretty good values and yields despite the market melt up. Thank you for the DivHut mention as well!!!

  3. Thanks for the mentions JC. These are good companies for more research. I recently bought a little SKT. Other than that, are you putting money in the 401K now ( to save on taxes)

    1. DGI,

      I'm still in the process of getting hired back on and my plan as of now is to invest enough to get the full match in my 401k and then use the excess after tax income to pay down debt. If it hasn't changed they match 100% on the first 4% and then 50% on the next 2% so if I put in 6% I'll get 5% in matching. After our non-mortgage debt is gone then I fully plan to increase the 401k to max it out and take full advantage of the tax savings especially since we'll generally be in the 25-28% tax bracket every year as long as we're both working.

      All the best.


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