It’s that time of the month, where I have my calculator, the pen & pencil & I start analyzing what I love most, dividend stocks, and to see which companies have a chance to be on my watch list. I like to come out with the watch list towards the end of the month, as I line up my capital troops to see where they may be deployed. I did not make any investment stock purchases in July, yet, and the capital lineup is getting bigger.
I’m starting to see a trend with the second quarter of each year for me…it is ridiculously busy. In 2016, my wife and I had our wedding. In 2017, we attended a few weddings, purchased a “new” used car, and oh yeah, we purchased our first home! Life truly comes at you fast, and that was a statement that I never truly appreciated until recently. So much can change in the blink of an eye, it makes you realize that you have to make sure you enjoy as much of it as possible before it is too late. With the second quarter in the rear view mirror, Lanny and I take some time to assess our progress towards knocking out the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. Here is my Q2 2017 Goals review!
I feel like I am just stuck in a rut right now. A lot of exciting things are going on at the moment, and I know that I should be enjoying them. We finally closed on our house and the title is in our name. The thought of home-ownership was at one point a dream and now it is a reality. Now the projects begin. We have an apartment to pack, wallpaper to tear down, walls to pain, hardwood floors to re-finish, and other projects that will emerge at the blink of an eye. This should be fun; this should be exciting. But something feels off right now as I write this article from my hotel room. After sitting at the same looking desk that I have sat at so many times at every Hampton Inn in “you name it” city, it finally it me. The reason I am feeling off right now is not because of the volume of work that has to be done on my house, but rather, the fact that I will be traveling a lot for work over the next few months is having negative impact on my ability to complete these projects and even worse, my savings account.
Next time you take your trash out or see your neighbor’s cans on the side of the garage/house – I hope you now think of dividend investing. This dividend stock analysis proudly brings Waste Management (WM) to the forefront this summer. We performed a dividend stock analysis on this company and industry competition to see if they appear to be or appear not to be attractive for a stock purchase. Time to dumpster dive into the stock!
The first six months definitely have been fun, interesting, lessons have been learned, passions explored and a renewed focus has developed. I cannot wait to look at the half of the year coming up, sort of in a “the glass is half full” kind of way. Learning more about yourself/oneself in a much more rapid pace, but still focusing on the areas that make me happy, as well as the true goal of financial independence. This quarter marks another quarter closer to these goals and I’m excited to talk about what progress was made.
Are you all ready? Another installment of our monthly round-up of dividend income monthly reports from many of our fellow dividend investing, FIRE pursuing bloggers. We love reading and trying to summarize as many journeys as possible each month because it is awesome to see the progress of so many other bloggers AND the results serve as great motivation for the community. The progress is infectious! June is a particularly exciting month since a lot of companies, mutual funds, and ETFs pay out their quarterly dividend. Now, lets dive in, and check out our June dividend income summary from YOU the bloggers!
Here we are. The first book review EVER posted on this website and I could not think of a better book to begin with. Finally, after many references on other blogs and suggestions in forums, I decided to read “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas Stanley, PHD and Willian Danko, PHD. It amazes me that it has taken me THIS long to read the book, but I guess it is better late than never, right? One of my goals in 2017 was to read more books, so this seemed like a great place to start. Here are some of my thoughts on the book.