Income Fund Update for January 2017

income fund report graphicI’m back in the UK for a couple of days for a funeral. Which tends to put things into perspective, so I’m running behind on updates. With a whole new year ahead of us, this is my first Income Fund update for January 2017. It’s time to answer the question you didn’t know you wanted to ask … how did I do in January?

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In the last 40 years, 71% of the market’s return came from dividends…fact checking

magic hat imageThis claim came from Kevin O’Leary when promoting his new dividend-centered ETF. Mr O’Leary stars in a TV show where they put him in a tank full of sharks or something like that. While the statistic might be inspirational in starting a dividend investing strategy, I couldn’t resist taking a closer look and doing some fact checking.

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The NOW Effect – a book review

The Now Effect, a book by Elisha Goldstein, PhD.As part of my goal to be more awesome! I will read twelve books this year and try to learn something from them. The first book that I chose is The Now Effect by Elisha Goldstein. I’ve previously written about Living in the Now, and I thought this book would give some useful directions on how to do exactly that. Read on to see if it did or not!

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Starting to start exercising! How I’m investing in myself.

Girl doing pushupsI’ve started exercising! Although I use the terms loosely. It’s probably more correct to say “I’m starting to start exercising again.” Either way, it’s a long overdue step in a journey to a better me. I thought I’d write out my plans and routine so that I’ll stick to them.

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Planning for investing success – a look at the Investment Policy Statement

Example investment plan showing missing details in planning for investing success
In order to get somewhere or achieve something, it’s good to have a plan. And if you have a plan, it’s even better to write it down so that you can follow it or even consider how you might change it. It’s no different for investing. Here are some thoughts on planning for investing success.

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Three irrational financial behaviors that I have

Pretend therapy session for irrational financial behaviors
Time for some therapy. “Hello, I’m DividendLife and I have irrational financial behaviors.” It’s true! I sometimes make less than optimum financial choices and I know it. Yet I’m somehow okay with that. Here are three irrational things that I know I do and why I choose to accept them.

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Who’s afraid of the market highs?

Wall Street bull, New York, New York LCCN2011630801
If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard about the Dow 20,000 for the last couple of months, I’d probably have about $2.47. And I would promptly invest it back in the stock market. But what’s all the fuss about record market highs and should we be worried? Having asked that question, I thought I’d better answer it. So, fasten your seatbelt because we’re going up, up and away!

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