Growing Passive Income In 2021

Living off passive income is a bit like spotting a snow leopard in the wild.  Snow leopards are (of course) one of the most rare and elusive creatures on the planet.  They live in the Himalayas at significant altitude (9,800 to 14,800 ft), and it’s estimated there’s less than 10,000 of these extremely rare cats alive today.

Seeing a snow leopard in the wild is exceedingly difficult.  Hardly anyone ever sees them.  Naturalists can spend months in the Himalayas looking, and never actually see one.  Despite this fabled difficulty, it is actually possible to see a snow leopard in the wild…

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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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Finding Your Frugal Superpower

There comes a time in everyone’s life when something truly amazing happens — they encounter the financial independence movement.   You either love it or hate it.

While I think most people can get on board with the idea of achieving financial independence, it’s the getting to it that’s the big problem.  A lot of folks balk at large savings rates over very long periods of time, suggesting “I could never save that much for a decade or more!!!”

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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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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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