My Financial Shape: I want to share with you a few thoughts that came into my mind while reading a book by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan with the title “The One Thing”. In a nutshell, the book is about the power of focus and consistency. Over time, these are ingredients for extraordinary results.
Pollies Dividend: This week AT&T (T) announced a 2% increase in its quarterly dividend. The dividend is raised from $0.49 to $0.50. The dividend pay date is February 1, 2018 to shareholders on record on January 10, 2018 (ex dividend January 9, 2018). This is the 34th Consecutive Annual Increase.
As all of you are aware (if you are not, you have been living under a rock!), cryptocurrencies have gone bananas lately (and plummeted next). We at Cheesy Finance have also decided to dip our toes into the new world of cryptocurrencies: the Combicoin! It’s not really investing, so much as gambling, but you have to have some fun money, right?
In 2015 Pollies Dividend stumbled upon the idea of “ Work Freedom Day”. This is the day of the year where you’ve accumulated enough dividend income during the year to no longer need to work. This Work Freedom Day is introduced by Dividend Life. As he wrote, for early retirees, that day would be January 1st but for many of us still on the FI Journey it’ll be somewhat later in the year.
Financial Freedom Sloth had a busy month where some large moves were made. Busy is relative, some people think nothing of doing dozens of trades in a month. His ideal is two or three trades, a year! On the other hand, the flurry of activity has been profitable. And he likes doing it so it remains to be seen if he will be able to restrain himself once he hits his Fire numbers …
From an investing point of view, Amber Tree Leaves’ November was as it should be: boring ETFs and fun with options. That part of the system works well! Option income – 736,55€
Over at Cheesy Finance, we thought we had bought our first bond a couple weeks ago. But after some digging this turned out to not be (completely) true. The Dutch term for the product we bought is an “obligatielening”. An “obligatie” is a bond. A “lening” is a loan. So what did we get, a bond or a loan? Either way, we did some ethical investing!
With the Christmas carols already jingling from the radio, you know the end of the year is very close. With only one month to go, at Divnomics we’ll mark this year in many different ways. The biggest one – investment wise – has been our sell-off of the stock portfolio. We’ve changed our vision and strategy on investing completely and made some choices that will have a big impact on our lives moving forward. We’re now committed to real estate investing.
As mentioned in a previous Real Estate Report, over at Cheesy Finance we have been looking into real estate loans. We have even already had a meeting with a real estate loan platform, and have been “approved” to become dedicated investors. Let’s have a look at said platform and associated pros and cons.
Monevator gives us his list of top finance books to give your loved ones this Christmas, plus a roundup of the week’s most interesting articles from the UK media.