Category Archives: Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading – Aug 2, 2015

A learning mind is always open to new ideas, thoughts and endeavors in life and there is no frontier that is beyond human race. Here are some of the best articles that I enjoyed this week and they can sprout seeds of new thinking or reinforce existing ones.

1. The Ultimate Early Retirement Checklist
Joe of RetireBy40 has been retired since last 3 years and he is in good position to mention a checklist for other early future retirees 🙂 pay off debts, what to do in retirement, travel, build a social life outside of work, health checkup, test run retirement, etc. Good read!

2. Some Things Money Can’t Buy – How About a USTA 5.0 Tennis Rating
Sam from Financial Samurai posted an interesting article about things money cannot buy: e.g., we can earn all passive income in the world, but, happiness and peace can’t be bought. Nice take!

3. Stop Going Through the Motions
Scott from American Dividend Dream wrote an interesting piece where he suggested to change the daily routines and try to discover new things in life. Could not agree more as new perspective give rise to new ideas. What a wonderful thought!

4. Dividend Updates from Race2Retirement, Dividend Diplomats
RTR from Race2Retirement posted his passive dividend income of triple digits, just in 90 days of starting his race! He is definitely setting a benchmark in buying DGI growth stocks with his 6 Stock purchases in July alone. Lanny from Dividend Diplomats also posted his dividend income of over $700+. Great stuff!

5. August 2015 Stock Considerations
Keith from DivHut posted the stocks to buy in Aug: industrials like CAT, EMR, DOV and some of the usual suspects in Canadian financial companies like TD, BNS and RY. Great picks!

Also, AFFJ from A Frugal Family’s Journey posts the recent buys, mine are listed as well and R2R from Roadmap2Retire adds Chatter Around the World. Great collection!

Did you like any other specific post or book that you have read recently and wish to inform readers of this blog as well? 

Have a good weekend and thanks for reading!

Weekend Reading – October 26, 2014

A learning mind is always open to new ideas, thoughts and endeavors in life and there is no frontier that is beyond human race. Here are some of the best articles that I enjoyed this week and they can sprout seeds of new thinking or reinforce existing ones.

1. Why would an Aerospace Engineer Want to be an Uber Driver by Financial Samurai
In this interesting post, Sam cites various reasons: make easy money, yeah 😉 who does’nt want, diversify income, make more money in driving and tax benefits, mixing business with pleasure, talking to people and avoid loneliness. Had lot of fun reading it 🙂

2. Exposed: V-Shaped Recovery Malarkey by MoneyAndMarkets
Mike has an interesting take on the economic recovery and why markets suddenly dip and dap: algorithmic trading and central bank put speculation. It provides a fresh perspective, a good read!

3. Open fire on these Dividend Stocks by DivHut
Keith has really opened his fire 😉 on some of the Firearms and Ammo dividend stocks: Alliant TechSystems (ATK), Olin Corp. (OLN), Sturm, Roger & Co. Inc. (RGR), National Presto Industries Inc. (NPK), and Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE). Need to ponder if I want to open my fire on these yet!

4. You can escape to financial freedom by TheEscapeArtist
TEA has an interesting take on achieving financial freedom and safe withdrawal rate (SWR) of 4% and how much is enough. I could not agree more that there is no magic formula and everyone needs are unique.

5. Is there value in Coca-Cola and IBM after big respective drops by DividendMantra
Jason wrote an excellent post on KO and IBM‘s value after their big drop in earnings. It details out pros and cons of these two great companies, later one, I’m owning in my own DRIP portfolio.

Did you like any other specific post or book that you have read recently and wish to inform readers of this blog as well? 

Have a good weekend and thanks for reading!

Weekend Reading – Aug 16, 2014

A learning mind is always open to new ideas, thoughts and endeavors in life and there is no frontier that is beyond human race. Here are some of the best articles that I enjoyed this week and they can sprout seeds of new thinking or reinforce existing ones.

Get Free Gas in Retirement by Wealthy Retirement
Steve talks about the car expenses and how they can cost an entire year of income from a million-dollar retirement portfolio. Yep, frugality is a great virtue and saving in car expenses can definitely save an arm and a leg. Nothing against BMW, Mercedes or Volvo, if you can afford but consider some of these facts.

The Dirty-Little Secret Behind Corporate America’s Buyback Frenzy by Street Authority
We always think of buyback as a good sign of improving shareholder value as shares count reduces, higher amount of earnings per share could be distributed to less number of share holders. In this thought provoking and going against the conventional thinking, Christian explains how buyback by companies are not wealth enhancers. It’s interesting to read another point of view 🙂

Slow down by Dividend Mantra
Jason has retired from his active job and in this great read, he explains how he can enjoy his time, able to write with 100% concentration and energy and be able to observe the beautiful moments in life in a slow motion fashion and be with them.

A Millionaire is Made Ten Bucks at a Time By MMM
MrMoneyMustache talks about the importance of small amounts and how they can turn into a big amount. Could not agree more, I started my own FI journey with a very humble beginning of $50 and my portfolio is almost kissing half of 6 figures in short time. It only demonstrates the power of small amounts and how they can grow big over time. Great read!

Thanks for reading.

Weekend Reading – July 27, 2014

A learning mind is always open to new ideas, thoughts and endeavors in life and there is no frontier that is beyond human race. Here are some of the best articles that I enjoyed this week and they can sprout seeds of new thinking or reinforce existing ones.

Buffet and Pickens Love This Bargain Energy Stock By Street Authority
This is an interesting article by Marshall where he talks about Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) focus on an energy company: Suncor Energy (SU) and how this could be a $1 trillion dollar sector opportunity, besides the familiar Buffet’s love for Coca-Cola (KO) and Wells Fargo (WFC) 🙂

Frugality: The New Fanciness By MMM
Ever green MrMoneyMustache explains how Frugality is new Fanciness before it was like… they are attempting to show off their wealth for the benefit of all the fine ladies around here. There could be no better reason than that, hey-hey 🙂 , just kidding for a sec, we are frugal.It is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Building A Snowball By Dividend Mantra
In this article, Jason has beautifully explained building a growing snowball and could not agree more as I’ve been talking about Snowball effect since long time, where a small ball of snow (a small initial dividend buys more shares) that is rolling down hills, gathers more snow (increasing dividends due to more shares) with ever-growing speed (due to growing earnings) and becomes a self-sustaining machine that can support your rich lifestyle. Its a great read as always.

I blamed my wife for our messy house, I was wrong for many reasons By The Washington Post
This was a hilarious post and thought it would be a fun and mind provoking read for loving spouses 😉 Do not blame me if I was wrong either. Hey, honesty is always the best policy 🙂

Full Disclosure: Long on securities as mentioned above.

Thanks for reading.

Weekend Reading – June 28, 2014

A learning mind is always open to new ideas, thoughts and endeavors in life and there is no frontier that is beyond human race. Here are some of the best articles that I enjoyed this week and they can sprout seeds of new thinking or reinforce existing ones.

Recent Stock Purchase for June 2014 By DivHut 
Keith bought securities in 5 companies this month of June: Aflac Inc. (AFL), The Chubb Corp (CB), General Electric Company (GE), Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (KRFT). I already own GE in one of the small portfolio which has a nice dividend yield of 3.3% and have been eyeing some of the other excellent companies, especially WFC and KRFT. Keith explains the rationale for all these buys.

Quarter Two: My Second Net Worth Overshare By Cashville Skyline
Cashville Skyville’s net worth jumped by almost by +$52K this quarter which is awesome. He also started his adventures in DI and bought KO, KMI and GE, which I also own in Portfolios. He already maxed out Roth IRA by contributing $5500 in Jan, which eventually will be one of my goal as well.

Frugal Fitness by Dividend Mantra
Jason talks about the fitness regimen using frugal means and beautifully explains various exercises for Day 1- Chest and Shoulders, Day 2 – Biceps and Triceps, Day 3 – Back and Legs, putting about 30 minutes per day three times per week. I’ve a similar exercise goal although I’m hitting and missing it 😉

What if Everyone Became Frugal By MMM
MrMoneyMustache talks about the debate on early retirement, frugality and simple living and concerns that it might trigger economic recessions but then allays them as frugal folks like us are not that many, so, we are in good camp by being frugal 🙂 and I might add helping mother nature by conserving previous resources

Construction of $192,000 Portfolio with Income Producing ETF by Asset-Grinder
Asset-Grinder constructed an interesting portfolio with ETFs (exchanged-traded funds) for his grandma with 46% fixed income and 54% equity income funds in a conservative way to reduce risks. Besides DI/DGI stocks that I own, I also have several ETFs in one of my Portfolios as a way to dampen higher volatility and attenuate big risks, as stocks can always dive big time any time.

Full Disclosure: Long on securities as mentioned above.

Thanks for reading.