So I’m spending this weekend over on the west side of Michigan, getting some quality time in with my sister and her husband. Always great to see family, catch up, and goof around with each other. Plus, we’ve eaten some great food!
I’m currently reading through the financial statements on a tiny company that I’m interested in investing in. This would be one of the riskiest investments I’ve taken on due to its extremely small size, but it has an excellent history thus far. Excited to share the details on that this coming week, whether or not I buy a piece of the business.
Thank you all for your continued support of the site. I truly enjoy writing about frugality, dividends, stocks, financial independence, and investing. But I couldn’t do it without you readers. So I offer my utmost appreciation. I’ll be back with some great new content over the next day or so.
In the meanwhile, I’ve compiled a short list of articles I recently read and enjoyed. I hope you all enjoy reading them as well.
This Mans Job: Make Bill Gates Richer
This was a very interesting piece on WSJ about Michael Larson, who runs Bill Gates’s investment empire. Most of his focus is concentrated on Cascade Investment LLC, where the bulk of Gates’s personal fortune is held. A very interesting piece, and it appears he’s quite bullish on Deere & Co. (DE), which is a company I’ve also been recently investing in.
These 22 Dividend Growth Stocks Go Ex-Dividend Next Week
I wrote this piece for Daily Trade Alert. Every week, we go over a list of dividend growth stocks that go ex-dividend the following week, and then I discuss one particular stock in-depth. Check it out!
These 7 Dividend Growers Just Announced Dividend Hikes
Who doesn’t love more money? Especially when it comes your way via no more work on your part. Well, that’s just one thing I love about being a dividend growth investor. Check out this list of dividend growth stocks that just recently increased their respective dividends.
This Stock Could Pay You Steady, Rising, Monthly Cash
This was the third article I wrote for DTA this past week. Took a good look at one particular real estate investment trust that pays monthly dividends, and has raised its dividend for the last 20 consecutive years.
First Dividend Income
We all have to start somewhere! And No More Waffles has started with $11.34 from McDonald’s Corporation (MCD). That’s just the start of something much greater, I’m sure. I still remember receiving my first dividend way back in 2010. It was a wonderful feeling, and I still generally feel just as elated with every new dividend that hits my account to this day.
How I Make Money Online
If you’re wondering how some of the bigger blogs out there make moolah, J. Money shared his secrets here with this post. Dividends are but one source of income, but there are obviously many. I used to make the bulk of my income via a day job at a luxury car dealership where I pulled 50-hour workweeks, but I have since given that up in the pursuit of a dream of writing for a living. Some good information in this post for anyone else looking to do the same.
Wal-Mart: The Time To Buy Is When No One Likes A Quality Dividend Company
Dividend Growth Investor, via Seeking Alpha, penned this solid analysis on Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT). I concur with his conclusion; the company is attractively valued and will likely still be massively profitable over the next decade and beyond, but substantial annual growth above 6-7% looking forward is probably unlikely due to its already massive size.
Now Is The Time To Maintain A Tactical Approach To Buying Blue Chip REITs
Brad Thomas, a regular contributor over at Seeking Alpha, is a prolific writer when it comes to REITs. He shared some of his knowledge recently with a number of blue chip REITs, some of which appear attractively valued. He also penned another recent article specifically discussing REITs that pay monthly.
How a Wall Street Felon Stayed in This Mansion
Prepare to be amazed, bewildered, and astonished. Probably angry as well.
My Travels – Italy and 10 Frugal Travel Tips
Tawcan shared some amazing pictures from his trip to Italy. Travel is something I definitely want to partake in once I’m financially independent, but I’m living vicariously through others in the meantime. Awesome pictures.
You want more pictures of awesome faraway lands that you’ve never been to? Well, I have you covered! Steve shared some spectacular shots of everywhere from Hawaii to Africa. Jealous yet?
Why Travel Makes You Grow
Most apt here, David shared his thoughts on travel. His quote near the end: “That might be the biggest of the many revelations this trip gave me: that I have finally built a life that I don’t want to get away from.” To build a life that generates a craving to return to it anytime you find yourself away is a life that we should all strive for. That’s exactly the kind of life I’ve been busy building over the last four years.
Net Worth Update – August 2014
JC had just a killer month, which is par for the course for him. That’s what combining a very high income with a very high savings rate will do. Bravo!
It Only Takes $10,400 to be Richer Than Most Millennials
Don’t have a net worth like JC’s? Feel underwhelmed with your progress? Take a look at this article and I think you’ll perk right up. It’s sad to see what it takes to be wealthier than half of the others in your particular age group or education level. Those of us who blog or follow blogs on personal finance sometimes get lost in our own progress and success, and forget that a lot of other people out there struggle with money. It’s personally inspiring to me to know that there is a huge audience out there that I haven’t reached yet, which gives me motivation to keep writing.
The Buyback Annoyance
Roadmap2Retire wrote an interesting take on share buybacks, and why he feels they’re not an effective use of a company’s cash flow. I provided a counterargument in the comment section; however, I would prefer most companies balance the cash flow they return to shareholders via more dividends and higher dividend growth, and less net buybacks.
One Thing America Really Has Going For It!
Bryan wrote a thought-provoking post on immigration, and how it can be a tremendous asset for the US looking out over the next generation and beyond. I think immigration, when legal, is a fantastic counterbalance to the shifting demographics in this country.
Full Disclosure: Long DE, MCD, and WMT.
Thanks for reading.
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