Category Archive: Thoughts

Nov 26 2019

Dividend Income: The Ace Up Your Sleeve

The relationship between employer and employee has always been of keen interest to me ever since I joined the work force on a full-time basis. Why? Because at the time I had just finished college in 1990 and the economy went into recession. “Downsizing” became a new household word and I struggled to land a …

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Sep 23 2019

The Comedian and the Stock Market

I recently stumbled across the YouTube video “If The Economy Is Great, Why Aren’t We?” presented by comedian Francesca Fiorentini for Newsbroke and AJ+ (Al Jazeera). As the video progresssed, I thought she made some interesting points about GDP (it’s a very crude measure of economic progress), unemployment statistics (questionable), and inflation of major life …

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Jun 16 2019

Father’s Day and Financial Advice

This Father’s Day has more meaning than usual to me, because late last year my stepfather passed away. I knew him nearly all my life, and although he wasn’t my father, he certainly was my dad in every sense of the word. Whenever one receives news of a loved one’s passing, a torrent of memories …

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Jun 13 2019

My Dividend Investing Presentation

A couple months ago I attended the Investor’s Business Daily investors meeting at one of the public library branches in Vancouver Washington. I was late and only caught the last half of the meeting, but after the meeting I talked with the meeting’s organizer, and emailed him a brief summary of my dividend investing work …

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Jan 02 2019

2018 In Review

Happy New Year! Well, 2018 is now over, and I can now take stock (pun intended) of the past 12 months of my dividend quest. Overall, 2018 was a good year for dividend investing, although the last three months of market volatility has certainly felt like a wild rollercoaster ride and nobody knows when the …

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May 13 2018

5 Situations Passive Income Helps Mothers

On this Mother’s Day, American mothers and mothers-to-be are celebrated and honored across the land in ways large and small. While moms are appreciated and recognized today, the reality is that with motherhood comes many financial challenges for today’s working moms. From unpaid maternity leave to funding a 529 Plan, the expenses are numerous. One …

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Jan 01 2018

2017 in Review

Happy New Year! Overall, 2017 was generally a good year for dividend investing. The year saw some dividend cuts (typical for  my portfolio), some minor surprises, and some minor disappointments. Fortunately, the year wasn’t as much a roller-coaster ride like 2016. So how was 2017’s total dividend income? Here it is, along with the previous nine years’ …

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Jan 19 2017

2016 In Review

Well, the year is over. I can’t believe 2016 is gone. Although it was a  great year in many ways, it was also an unpleasant election year and the world lost many notable entertainers and figures. On the bright side, how was 2016 in my quest for dividend income? Overall, it was a pretty good …

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Sep 25 2016

One hour. One dollar.

With August’s stock buy of AWP lifting my projected average monthly dividend income to $732.78, I reached a very anticipated goal: A projected average monthly dividend income of $730 per month. Which means 24 dollars every 24 hours. Or, more simply: $1.00 per hour. Every hour of every day. This is a major milestone that …

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Jan 10 2016

2015: The Year In Review

Wow, is it 2016 already? 2015 is over? Jeez, the months flew by. It seems like just last week that I was enjoying the summer sunshine and putting in some vacation time in Central and Southern Oregon, and Cancun. On the other hand, time seemed to crawl when anticipating the dividend payouts for each new …

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