December 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

Happy New Year!  It’s no secret that I’ve had this blog on ‘pause’ for the past few weeks.  I took some time off from writing to enjoy the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with the family.  It’s been fun.  I’ve spent a lot of time with the kids, playing board games, and ‘helping’ them test out their new toys.  There’s also been plenty of socializing (virtually) with friends and family over Zoom. 

It’s certainly been a very different Holiday season (to say the least), but we still managed to have a good one!

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A Hope And A Dream

With 2020 nearly wrapped up, I think we can all agree it’s been a very difficult year.  As the old saying goes, “The only constant in life is change”, and that was certainly true in 2020!  The world is a constantly changing place… this year especially!

Despite 2020 being one of the worst years economically in recent memory, the stock market was actually up in 2020.  Which seems a bit strange at first…

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November 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

If I’m being perfectly honest, November is really NOT my favorite month.  Where we live in the Pacific Northwest, November tends to be extremely wet, cold and dark.  This is usually not very conducive to a positive mental attitude.  With only the Thanksgiving holiday, there aren’t even many holiday’s to look forward to in November.

This November was especially difficult, because like many other people we mostly stayed home due to the pandemic.  I was feeling a little down to be quite frank…

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The Bumpy Ride Isn’t Over

Last week seemed like a game changer.  At least at first glance.  On Monday morning (11/9) investors got news of a COVID-19 vaccine that had preliminary data from human trials, and was found to be 90% effective.  This was welcome news, and many stocks skyrocketed in response.

The market optimism was so overwhelming I had several stocks up over 20%!  By Friday afternoon I was even seeing a weekly gain in some positions over 30%.  Absolutely incredible!

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October 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

It’s hard to believe that I’m already back here writing a monthly financial update for the blog so soon!  It seemed like only yesterday that I was wrapping-up September, and now I’m doing it again for October.

Time flies when you’re stuck at home during a pandemic, with two kids!  I do my best, but I think both kids would rather being going to school and seeing their friends instead of being stuck at home…

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Scary Financial Monsters That Really Exist

It’s that time of year again.  When the days grow darker, and colder.  The sun barely breaks the horizon, and the creatures of the night begin to emerge more frequently.  The ghouls, zombies, mummies, and witches (not to mention a few superheroes) begin to stalk our suburban neighborhoods.

Going door to door, they’re looking to give a good scare in exchange for some delicious free candy…

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5 Years Of Freedom

While I’m not normally a nostalgic person, October marked something of a major milestone in the life of Mr. Tako.  This was my fifth year of freedom from the corporate world!

Although my blog was started back in December of 2015, my last day of work at a “corporate” job was September 30th, 2015.  It took me a few months of unemployment before I finally decided to start writing the blog you see here today.

It’s been an interesting 5-year journey to say the least.  Filled with all the ups and downs, and strange fluids you might expect from raising two kids…

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The Wacky World Of Close-End Funds

Imagine for a moment, you’re a carpenter.  You build houses for a living.  The tools in your toolkit are everything to your profession.  These tools are used to shape, size, and fasten together all the raw materials needed to build a house.

But what if you restricted yourself to only a hand-saw, a hammer, and bunch of nails?  (Perhaps you forgot the power-tools at home.)  Suddenly, building that house just got a lot harder…

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September 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

Wait, what?  September is over already?  How did that happen?

With the kids now back in school (well, OK… virtual school) and my focus on keeping the kids focused on their studies, September absolutely flew by.  It was here and gone in a flash!

The Tako family mostly stuck to home and kept to ourselves in September… which I suppose is pretty normal life these days.  You know, because of the pandemic.

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