Bert’s Q2 2017 Goals Review

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!

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June Dividend Income from YOU the Bloggers!

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!

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May Dividend Income from YOU the Bloggers!

You all know the drill by now, right?  Every month, we try as hard as we can to aggregate dividend income summaries from as many of the other bloggers in the dividend growth investor community.  There are so many great, inspiring stories out there that motivate the two of us each and every day.    We do our best to include as many bloggers as we can; however, due to time constraints, we can’t include every blogger every month.  It isn’t anything personal.  Now, it is time to get inspired.  Let’s check out our May dividend income summary from YOU the bloggers!

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Bert’s May Dividend Income Summary

My crazy month has finally come to an end.  We entered the month in the middle of an intense housing search and left with an accepted offer.  Still can’t believe we are going to be first time homeowners!  My wife and I celebrated our one year anniversary Memorial Day Weekend as well.  The beauty of it all is that while all the noise of my personal life is rolling along, my dividend stocks are quietly doing their work in the background.  This is one of my favorite articles to write each month, where I review my monthly dividend income total, compare the results to the earlier period, and check my progress as I embark on this journey of financial freedom.   Now it is time to dive into detail.  Check out my May dividend income summary!

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Fears of Being a First Time Homeowner

My wife and I just purchased a house…it is still settling in.  I can’t believe I am taking the plunge into home ownership.  This is the largest asset we ever purchased, and it most likely will be the largest one for the remainder of our life.  Last week, I tried to give an in depth account of the purchase in an article. Some of our frustrations, how we stumbled on our house, and the bidding/acceptance process.  At the end of the article, I left a cliff hanger about some of the parts of being a first time homeowner that I am still struggling with.

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The Importance of Long-Term Low Cost Investing

This is a guest contribution by Nick McCullum of Sure Dividend. 

When investors can identify trends that either increase returns or reduce risk, it is wise to implement them into their investment strategies.

With that said, implementing positive market anomalies is usually not hard. Rather, the difficulty lies in finding them.

Two of the most straightforward improvements that investors can make to their investment strategies are:

  • minimize investment fees
  • invest for the long-term

This article will describe how each of these techniques can improve investment performance and provide actionable tips on how to implement them into your personal investment strategy.

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April Dividend Income from YOU the Bloggers!

Each month, the dividend blogging community continues to impress the two of us.   Some people are breaking records, some people are posting triple digit growth rates, and some bloggers are beginning their journey towards financial freedom.  Each blogger has their own journey, story, and method for accumulating a dividend income stream and it is a blast to watch and read about.   March’s summary was filled with great stories, and we are even more excited to see how the community built off of their successes in the first month of the second quarter.  Time to check out our April dividend income summary from YOU, the bloggers!

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