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.
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Alright so it’s not really up there with one of Lord Blackadder’s dastardly schemes. But my plan is to renumber my future budgets so that I can easily tell which year each one is for. For 2017 I’m going to call it version 17.0 which shares the same number as the year. Cunning or what? I may need to modify it in six months, in which case it’ll be revised to 17.5.
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Seeing that I make my fair share of irrational decisions, I was curious about why I do that. Dan Ariely, a Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke, explains some of our irrational behavior in his book, Predictably Irrational. It was on offer this month for the princely sum of $1.99 (Kindle edition) so I treated myself. Otherwise your local library may have the book for free.
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The word budget typically has a negative connotation to it. After all, it’s a restriction to a limited resource (money). A budget is really just one tool in the personal finance toolbox for following a plan. But if money is limited, how can you budget for happiness?
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An investment portfolio can be like soap – the more you handle it, the smaller it gets. Be that as it may, I adjusted my target Income Fund asset allocation this month and sold some investments. Read on for the details.
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I decided to make some significant changes to my Emergency Fund this month. Here’s my reasoning and decision, plus an updated section to my Charter describing my new plan.
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My November 2016 monthly summary follows on from my November income fund update and shows spending / savings during the month. November had some ups and downs: a hospital visit, a damaged car plus a surprise work bonus. So what are the numbers?
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It’s time for my November Income Fund update for 2016. It was a good month for the stock market as a whole, despite the unexpected US election results.
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The UK Dividend Champions December 2016 edition is now available at DividendChampions.UK.
December was another month with a net loss of three companies reducing the current list membership to 256. Three 25-year champions increased their dividends for another year however.
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On the way home from the hospital last week, we stopped to have a celebratory brunch at the International House of Pancakes. This time we went a bit overboard! Here’s the story of my $1,227 pancake breakfast.
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