May 2019 Dividend Income And Expenses

I think May has to be my favorite month of the year to live in the Pacific Northwest.  Everything is green and blooming from previous rain showers, and the weather finally gets warm and dry enough to spend an entire day outside with the family.

Most of the year here is cold, cloudy and wet.  We spend a lot of time indoors playing board games, reading books, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and trying to stay dry….

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Investing Ideas: June 2019

They say the time to buy is when blood is in the streets… Well, I’ve starting to see plenty of red over the last couple of weeks.  I guess that means it’s time for another investing ideas post!

Yep, it really has been months since I last wrote one of these investing ideas posts.  It wasn’t because I lacked any interest in investing; I just couldn’t find any great ideas.  Everything just looked too expensive to my eyes over these last 6 months…

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The Failure of Specialization And the Rise Of Financially Independent Generalists

Do you consider yourself a specialist or a generalist?  It’s not a question you normally hear people asking themselves.  Most people choose a specialization during college, and try to find work in that specialized field with the hope of earning a good living (and decent retirement).

In general, specialization is a good strategy.  Specialized jobs typically pay more than being a generalist, and the payoffs for greater experience in specialized fields makes it worth it to pursue very specialized skills…

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Is Early Retirement Boring?

One of the more frequent criticisms I hear about early retirement is that, “I’d be bored if I retired and quit my job.”  (As if an interesting life doesn’t really exist outside the confines of a job.)

Personally, I hate the term ‘retired’.  It comes with too much emotional baggage to be a useful word.  It’s one of the reasons why I don’t self-describe myself as ‘retired’ on this blog…

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Single Parent Tango

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a parent, it’s this — Parenting is a tough job.  Everyone tells you this when you prepare to have a child, but you don’t truly understand just how tough it is until you’ve actually walked in the parenting shoes.

This goes doubly-so for single parents.  When there’s two parents you can tag-team away some of the difficulty…

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Should I Be Investing In Master Limited Partnerships?

I need to admit I made a mistake.  At first glance, master limited partnerships ( ‘MLP’ for short) always seemed like the kind of investment I would automatically dislike — With flat share prices, large debt levels and high dividend yields.  They ticked a lot of my “don’t invest” boxes pretty quickly.

It should come as no surprise, that I’ve essentially ignored MLP’s for years…

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