I’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.
This is a guest post by Miss S. Market, virtual journalist from the DividendLife Journal.
December 30th, 2016 – Detroit.
Today’s temperature in Detroit opened higher before edging lower Friday morning, the last day of the year, as the climate looked to end a two-day skid. Temperatures haven’t had a three-day losing streak since the last time this happened.
Last week the UK voted to leave the European Union in a national referendum nicknamed Brexit. The financial markets didn’t anticipate (or want) this outcome and it shook stock markets around the world.
So what does this all mean and will it affect my future investing decisions?
I believe that Financial Independence is more than simply following a plan for increased passive income. It can spill over into all areas of life, not just the bank balance. In deciding what to spend money on, you must think of your needs, aspirations and the person you are / want to be. Here are my thoughts on what I call “Living In the Now”.
Summer’s been here for a few weeks now here in Michigan, finally shaking off a wet and cold spring. Along with the warmer weather, there have been some changes and updates in life that I’ve been I’ve been meaning to mention. Sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin…
Last Friday I made a semi-spontaneous decision and traded in my Chevy Volt for a new car! Although I could justify it, this wasn’t an entirely rational decision on a financial basis but sometimes it’s just better to follow your heart more than your mind.
I’ve been stressed with work of late and haven’t had chance to write up the changes in the UK Dividend Champions list which I sneakily updated earlier this week (the latest version is dated 2016-03 and all download links should be up to date). But since compiling the change notes takes a couple of evenings, I’m deferring that task to this weekend.
In the meantime, because I’m in an out of sorts mood; here’s my equivalent of a musical mix-tape of songs inspired by Financial Independence; loosely following a path of starting out working and then switching from a “working to live” mindset to simply living in FI.
The Powerball jackpot is expected to be over $700,000,000 this weekend. I’m tempted to buy a ticket too. Now I only buy tickets when my office coworkers buy them as I don’t want to be all alone in the office in case they actually win, so this would be perhaps the third time I’ve played in my life. But for someone that plays regularly, what might they ‘win’ on the stock market instead of buying a $2 ticket twice a week?
The Reputation Institute recently released their top 100 list of reputable companies for 2015. The list is based on innovation, governance, products, workplace, citizenship, leadership and performance.
Read on to discover which dividend champion received the highest reputation…