Growing Dividends In 2019

Every year right around the end of January, I try to plan out my dividend income and capital allocation goals for the year.  I started doing this in 2017, continued the process in 2018, and still find the process useful enough that I’m doing it again in 2019.

At the most basic level, my planning process amounts to putting excess cash to work from our Big Fat Cash Pile AND trying to put that cash into smart places that generate a growing stream of dividend income.  The devil is in the details of course…

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2018 Year-End Net Worth Update

I’m not going to sugar coat the obvious here… the Tako family net worth declined in 2018.  The year 2018 turned out to be a perfect showcase for stock market volatility.

Most of the year the stock market was in a happy place — The economy was growing, consumers were borrowing and spending more, and unemployment was also super low (all of which are important ingredients for a rising stock market).

It looked as if 2018 was going to be yet another year of positive stock market returns…

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Wealth Building Is Mostly Invisible

To a certain extent, investors like myself desire to see a steadily rising net worth.  Up and only up please!  Unfortunately, life and the stock market don’t always comply with what I want them to do.

There will be years where the market is down, and weeks when more cash flows out than flows in.  So how do I know I’m actually building wealth?

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October 2018 Dividend Income And Expenses

Another month is done, and fall in the Pacific Northwest is well underway!  That means it’s time for another monthly financial write-up!

October was a super busy month for the Tako family — filled with rain, dinner parties, Halloween festivities, school activities, flu shots, and the annual fall clean-up of our yard/garden.

We spent October very close to home, but I wouldn’t have it any other way…

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