Stock Sell-offs, Pandemics, And A Black Swan

Oh what a difference two weeks makes in the realm of personal finance!  As I write this, the DOW is down over 2,000 points from its all-time highs.  The stock market is in panic mode as stocks drop day after day. 

The day’s newspaper headlines look like they came straight from a horror movie…

“Pandemic fears send stocks crashing”

“Dow Plunges for a second day on virus fears”

“Coronavirus fear sickens stock market”…

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January 2020 Expenses And Dividend Income

I wish I could say, “I like Winter.”  But if we’re being totally honest with each other, I really don’t.  Not even a little bit.

Our little corner of the Pacific Northwest had 28 days of precipitation in January (out of a possible 31).  That’s 28 days of measurable rain and snow under a blanket of dark clouds.  Woohoo!! 

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Growing Passive Income In 2020

Passive income.  It’s the El Dorado of the financial independence world.  Everyone wants it, and everyone thinks they know the best way to find it.  Some people swear by rental properties, others invest crowd funded real estate projects.  A few even manage to find it by investing in stocks and bonds.

Passive income (as you might expect) isn’t easy to find…

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December 2019 Expenses And Dividend Income

Oh what a difference a month makes!  Back in November the Tako family was blowing the doors off our regular monthly budget due to the purchase of a “new to me” car.  Weak dividend income in November didn’t exactly help our cash-flow situation either.

December was a complete turn-around story however.  It marked a return to normal spending and a chance for our cash to replenish itself with a very dividend heavy month.

How great was our December?  Read on to find out!

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November 2019 Expenses And Dividend Income

November was something of a rough month for the Tako family.  We all caught a bad cold and were feeling “under the weather” for most of the month.  It wasn’t a pleasant sight.  The family went through literal truckloads of tissue.

I’ll spare you the disgusting details, but there were actually a couple of days when I didn’t even bother to get out of bed in November.  I was that sick…

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October 2019 Expenses And Dividend Income

Wow!  Another month is gone already?  Holy-heck did October ever fly by fast!  I was pretty productive this October, mainly due to the kids being back in school/daycare.  With the kids away, I can generally get a good 24 hours per week to work on various projects around the house…

Which is exactly what I did for most of the month of October!  I was so busy trying to get all my outdoor projects done before our ”monsoon season” started, that I even missed International Octopus Day…

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