I’m an uncle for the first time!
My first niece, Avery LynnAnn, was born this past Thursday morning. And I couldn’t be more excited. I’m pretty convinced I’m going to be the best uncle ever.
So this entire weekend is going to be devoted to spending as much time as possible with this gift to the family. I’m greatly looking forward to it. She’s a big reason I moved back home to Michigan, so I’m going to completely smother her with attention.
In the meanwhile, I also got some reading in. And, as always, I like to share some of that material with you readers here. I’m in the process of putting together a couple of articles for this coming week, and I’m excited to share that content with you guys.
I’m sharing some articles I enjoyed reading over the last week or so. I hope you all enjoy some of these articles as well. Have a great weekend, everyone!
This Stock Has Raised its Dividend for 52 Years in a Row
I wrote this article for Daily Trade Alert, and it was published this past Monday. Took a look at one of the best possible companies to invest in, which just so happens to my largest position. I also published an article listing 18 dividend growth stocks that go ex-dividend next week, and an article on recent dividend raises!
This Cookbook Teaches You How to Eat on $4 A Day
I was actually informed of this cookbook through a reader. I was emailed about it and promptly took a look. I don’t see how you go wrong with this FREE e-book that focuses on not just eating cheaply, but eating healthy as well. I’m not a big fan of cooking, but I thought this was a really great product. And the price is obviously right.
Should I invest in AT&T and Verizon for high dividend income?
Dividend Growth Investor pondered this question, and concluded that he isn’t interested in these companies due to the fact that future growth will likely be limited. He does have have a small position in Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), as he received shares via Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), but has no position in AT&T Inc. (T). I have relatively small investments with all three of these businesses, but I can also agree that future growth is somewhat limited. However, I balance that out somewhat with investments in businesses with much better growth profiles, like Visa Inc. (V).
4 Reasons to Keep Buying Stocks Now, in a Big Bullish Market
The Dividend Guy gave us four reasons to keep investing in stocks, even as the broader market continues to trade near all-time highs. I certainly don’t disagree, as I continue to invest month in and month out, as capital allows. I have no crystal ball, and thus have no idea when stocks will become cheaper. But I know that continuing to acquire equity in wonderful businesses means my snowball will roll downhill at ever faster rates, and when/if a correction does come, the passive income my portfolio throws off will buy even more new shares than before.
How’s Life 2 Years After Early Retirement?
Joe gives us an update on what early retirement looks like two years after he pulled the trigger and left his day job. I think it’s really great how he advises that it’s a lot more than the nuts and bolts, which is easy. A large part of the challenge is actually to find your purpose in life, as many of us identify ourselves by our job. I’m lucky in that, like Joe, I wasn’t happy at my last job and never identified myself by it.
Why Warren Buffett Built A Perpetual Income Machine
Tim put this really great post together, and it points out how important it is to produce a portfolio that can consistently produce prodigious cash flow through all market conditions. Having access to regular cash flow through all of life’s ups and downs can put you in a wonderful spot, and give you access to capital for opportunities when others are running for the hills. This is a cornerstone of my strategy, and I really enjoyed this one.
“Cash In a Box” – My SNL Parody Debut
J. Money put this hilarious video together. I don’t even know if words do it justice. You just have to watch it.
July Buy: Lockheed Martin (LMT) and McDonald’s (MCD)
Dividend & Whisky shared his recent buys with us, and they’re a couple of dividend growth stock stalwarts. I’m long McDonald’s Corporation (MCD), and it’s actually a fairly large investment for me. However, I think the company needs to make changes. I think the customer service policy needs a revamp, and I also think their marketing could use improvement; specifically, I think displaying the quality of the food should be a focus. It seems to me that there is this pervasive negative perception on Mickey D’s food quality, and the recent Chinese food scandal isn’t helping the matter. I’m not selling, but I do think complacency could hurt this company. It pains me, because I’m a huge fan of this business. Their long-term record speaks for itself. But we don’t invest in the past.
Why Carlos Slim’s three-day working week idea could work
Richard Branson rightly advised that we should be working smarter, not longer. I couldn’t agree more. Although Slim’s ideas focus on the elderly, I agree with Branson that flexible schedules should be available to all. In fact, it was the 50+ hour workweeks that primarily drove me to quit my job in the auto industry and pursue full-time writing. There has to be an appropriate work/life balance for people, and allowing flexibility in a work schedule could prove to shift that balance favorably for many.
Recent Stock Purchase II – July 2014
DivHut shared some of his recent purchases. I’m happy to have him on board as a shareholder in a couple of these companies, though as I mentioned above, I do have concerns with one of them.
JC added to his positions in two fine companies. I find myself a fellow shareholder in these businesses as well, and a happy shareholder at that. Great stuff!
Chevron Corporation: Is a Cash Flow Boom on the Way?
Dividend Ladder took a look at Chevron Corporation (CVX), which is one of my largest investments in the energy space. He concluded that shares aren’t a steal here, but it’s still a very solid company.
Full Disclosure: Long T, VZ, VOD, V, MCD, and CVX.
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