Who & What is Vanguard?

What does it mean when someone says, “Oh, I Vanguard” or “I use Vanguard”.  There is even a line or two when people talk about investments in a conversation, and someone says, “I let Vanguard handle everything”.  Well, my goal is to explain and put that to rest.  This all came from an interesting conversation with one of my best friends and he felt that this information was necessary for the community to read, especially those starting out to invest and wanting to know more terminology, where it comes from, what it means and the impact to them.  Therefore, I will do my best to explain the “who” and the “what” in Vanguard.

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Difficulty in Waiting for The Dividend Increase

Each and every month, Bert writes about the expected dividend increases, each and every month.  I love those articles, as it completely HYPES me up for what’s to come.  However, as a dividend investor, who reviews and watches the stock market it is extremely… difficult.  Yes, difficult!  I am in this mode, that I want to let everyone know what I go through during the month where I expected dividend increases, to see if you feel the same or to see what you do to help “ease” the anxiety!

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Is This A Dividend Investors Stock Market?

I hope that your stomach has felt the ups and downs this year.  The S&P 500 is pretty much flat year-to-date.  However, that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been amazing opportunities out there.  Opportunities that we haven’t seen in so fricken long, as dividend investors.  However, with all of the events occurring this year – tax reform, tariffs, earnings being released for quarter 1, interest rates rising and inflation starting to creep (gas, groceries, etc.), is this the right time to jump in on dividend stock opportunities?  I plan on talking about dividend stocks, where they are at today and comparing them to 5 year dividend yield averages.  When doing this, it may showcase opportunities out there.

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Bert’s March Dividend Stock Watch List

A new month is upon us and I am eager to continue to buy stocks that make sense and add to my portfolio.  2018 has been off to a crazy start and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following the madness of the stock market and eagerly awaiting these crazy dividend increase announcements.  The dividend growth engine has been strong post tax reform, that is for sure.  Today, I found three companies that have caught my eye.  I will be watching these three dividend stocks closely.  Here is my March Dividend Stock watch list!

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Tax Reform and Tax-Advantaged Savings Accounts

The Tax Reform has been etched in stone and the dust has, for the most part, settled.  I wanted to teach/describe to the reader/ to readers that there are still advantages to the tax-advantaged accounts in 2018, even if we are in slightly lower rates, with a few other minor things to think about.  Therefore, this article will go into detail on the pre-tax 401(k), Traditional IRA and the Health Savings Account, in relation to the Tax Reform and how it can still open up more cash to invest.  I will have a few tid bits at the end, to think about, as well.

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Why We’re Finally Maximizing our 401k Contributions in 2018

Fresh off of a record-setting December in terms of dividend income, I’m ready to hit the ground running in 2018 and make some serious moves.  Now that we are comfortably moved into our house and our cash outflows to make repairs and upgrades are shrinking drastically, we should have a lot of additional cash flow available for use in 2018.   After brainstorming what the most efficient use of the capital would be, I realized there is an easy change that I need to make with my finances.   Like Lanny over the past few years, my wife and I are finally taking the steps necessary to maximize our 401k contributions during the year!

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Bert’s October Dividend Stock Watch List

I’m sitting at my dining room table with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and the fall breeze blowing in.  What a beautiful fall day here in Northeast Ohio.   With a lot of the expenses associated with moving in and updating our house in the rear-view mirror, I’m finally starting to flip on the investing switch again and aggressively look for great opportunities to add to or establish new positions.  I’m inspired by Lanny’s recent dividend income month where he covered over 100% of his monthly housing expenses with his dividend income.   If I want F.I.R.E, I need to go get it.  So today, I sat down and found four dividend stocks that I would like to watch over the next month.  Let’s take a look at my October dividend stock watch list.

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