Sunday Morning Reading: March 30, 2014

Good morning! I hope all of you had a good week and are enjoying your weekend.

Here is a quick recap of my blog posts from the past week.

Updating My Potential Buy List

Why Are IRA Contribution Limits So Low?

Target’s Credit Rating Cut, Are You Concerned?

And here are some of my favorite posts from around the web over the last week.

A Kick-in-the-teeth Guide to Investing by Johnny Moneyseed. Great post for beginning investors if you want a quick primer on all the basics of investing.

20 Favorite Dividend Growth Stocks from 20 Dividend Growth Bloggers by Dan Mac @ Dividend Growth Stock Investing. Cool article by Dan Mac where he asked 20 dividend growth investing bloggers what their favorite dividend growth stocks are. Coca-Cola (KO) seems to be the favorite and would rank at the top of my list as well.

Four Companies Paying Dividends For Over 100 Years by Dividend Growth Investor. While not a complete list, DGI presents four companies that have been paying dividends for over a century that are able to be verified through the company’s records. I currently own one of them in IBM and would like to add one of the others in Exxon Mobil.

Your Child Could Be Heading Toward Financial Failure If… by Gregg Murset @ Show just how important it is for children to have a financial education before they enter the adult world.

Consider Aflac If You Like Buybacks, Long Dividend Streaks And Cheap Valuations by Timothy M. David McAleenan Jr. @ Seeking Alpha. Great post by Tim, who has published a lot of quality articles this week, giving an analysis of Aflac which I also believe to be undervalued and plan on adding to my portfolio soon.

How to Kick Ass at Work by 1500 Days. “Most people work just hard enough to not get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.”-George Carlin. Great quote to start off with and Mr. 1500 goes on to explain some simple tips to use to excel at your job and also a reminder to keep your job in perspective and not make it your entire life. I particularly like the final tip. Check it out.

Introducing the Metal Roof: Shingles are now Obsolete by Mr. Money Mustache. For any of you interested in construction and home improvement check out this post by MMM where he chronicles his recent installation of a metal roof on the house he is remodeling and building to be very energy efficient. Coming from a family of carpenters and tradesmen, I like posts like that incorporate construction with personal finance.

Selective Dividend Reinvestment Vs. DRIP by Dividend Mantra. Great post by Jason over at Dividend Mantra explaining how he reinvests the dividends his portfolio produces and also gives a primer on some of the other methods. Judging by the comment stream, it seems a lot of people, including myself, tend to use a mixture of the two strategies.

Conventional Personal Finances Makes Us Think Way Too Small by Cash Rebel. Awesome post by Cash Rebel explaining how conventional financial wisdom that teaches us to save 10% of our income is in fact limiting what we could achieve if we decided to save and invest more than that amount. While saving 10% is better than none, you shouldn’t stop there but continue and try to reach your full potential.

Outline On How To Buy Municipal Bonds by Brick By Brick Investing. Not a post from this week but I just discovered this blog and thought I’d share. While I don’t currently plan on adding any bonds to my portfolio at the moment, I think this would probably be the best type if I ever wanted a fixed income type investment in the future due to the tax advantages.

Lastly, if you have the time, check out these two new blogs and welcome them to the dividend growth investing community.

The Dividend Way

Passive Income Mavericks

Hope you enjoyed these posts from around the blogging world. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂


  1. Mr SFZ,

    Thanks for your add! Appreciate it.

    You have summed up very nicely this weekend articles. I will be reading them. Keep the Great work going!

    Best wishes,

  2. SFZ,

    Thanks for the mention! Much appreciated.

    Also enjoyed the write-up on AFL by Tim. A fantastic company there. I think it’s cheap right now, although with 100 shares I’m holding steady here.

    Best wishes!

    1. You’re welcome Jason! I don’t have any AFL yet so I’m hoping to initiate a position sometime over the next month or so. Hopefully it stays cheap in the meantime. 😉

      Best wishes,


  3. Hi SFZ,

    Great weekend summary. You are on your way to build a solid Dividend Growth portfolio. “Let the money work for us”, Happy investing.

    1. “Let the money work for us.” Great quote S Arun! I remember one of the first things I learned about investing/saving was from my grandfather who liked to say to always make your money work for you. I always remembered that and think I finally found a great way to accomplish that with dividend growth investing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Best wishes,


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