GAF Level Near All-Time Lows | Weekly Roundup - March 10, 2018

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Another week down and another week of the markets heading back higher.  The big news of the week was Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum and then Friday we got a huge jobs number that propelled the markets even higher.  We've still yet to fully recover from the correction in late January/early February and time will tell if/when we do.  Despite all of the noise in the markets/economy these days, it's important to remain focused on your long term objectives.  If you find a company that you deem to be of value, with a margin of safety of course, despite the market sentiment then go ahead and jump in.
On the job front let's just say I'm a bit worn out and my GAF level is really low (that's my "Give A F*ck" level).  Of course that tends to happen when you work as much as I have lately.  I added it up and as of tomorrow since early/mid December it would have been 81 of the last 90 days.  My checking account likes that, but my GAF level doesn't.

Good news, at least potential good news, is that I should be able to get a couple weeks off starting about a week from now.  Seriously, phone is going off once that happens and I don't care if they try and call me.  Some more potential good news is that we might finally be able to start working a rotation which will be the first time in forever and if that does happen then I'll finally have some semblance of work/life balance.

As far as the portfolio goes there wasn't much to do this week other than making some adjustments to some option positions.  I have a little bit of cash that I'm ready to throw at the right opportunity, but I missed out on one purchase the week before and with the market rally it's now run away from where I'd like to initiate a position.  At some point it'll come back and I'll have to be ready to pounce then.  Other than that it's just scoping out other potential opportunities.

Were you able to make any purchases this past week to build up your dividend income?

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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Now on to the links!

Food For Thought by Tawcan

What Are The Highest Quality Dividend Growth Stocks? on Seeking Alpha

Home Run Number 14 by DivGro

Hormel Foods (HRL) Dividend Stock Analysis by Dividend Growth Investor

Interest Rates and Stock Prices: It's Complicated! by Aswath Damodaran

Passive Income Update - Feb 2018 by Roadmap2Retire

Short-Term Outperformance vs Long-Term Outperformance by A Wealth of Common Sense

Tech, Where Cash Is King by Dividends Diversify

March 2018 Stock Considerations by DivHut

Bert's February Dividend Income Summary by Dividend Diplomats

Nerding Out With My New Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plan by Retire Before Dad

2017 Year-End Performance and Goal Review by Two Investing

Bond Yields Aren't Terrible Now? by Time In The Market

5 Considerations On How To Deploy New Capital by Balanced Dividends

Monthly Dividend Income - Feb 2018 by Engineering Dividends

Mortgage Payoff: Should I Prepay My Mortgage? by Dividend Geek

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!  


  1. Thanks for the link JC. On a side note, we all have GAF issues from time to time. Tom

    1. Tom,

      That we do. Mine is more just burnout than anything else. Nothing that a little bit of home cooking and family time can't fix.

      All the best.

  2. Working 81 of 90 days is almost guaranteed to hammer your GAF levels! Hopefully those couple of weeks off brings it back to a sustainable level.

    (initially I thought you'd invested in the S&P Emerging Middle East&Africa ETF (GAF) and were a little disappointed at the returns so far...)

    1. Frankie,

      Yeah, sadly I've still got 1 more week to go, but hopefully a rotation is legit about to start.

      Ha! No clue on the GAF levels in the stock market.

      All the best.


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