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Major Milestone: $12,000 Forward Passive Income

I’ve tracked how much forward passive income I earn from investments since I started investing in dividend stocks. I prefer this metric over performance against the market indexes because I’m not trying to beat the market with these funds. Dividend income is reliable and predictable. Based on the holdings in a dividend stock portfolio, you […]

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FIRE with Real Estate: Using Rentals & Leverage to Build Income Faster

The following is a guest post from Brian Davis at Spark Rental. Brian is a landlord, personal finance writer, and the co-founder of Spark Rental. Swing by his site for all kinds of free stuff to help landlords including a rental property calculator, and video courses on building passive income from rentals.  There’s also a […]

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10 Reasons Why I’m Selling My Condo Rental Property

A few months back, my tenants informed me they found a new rental to accommodate their growing family. After the news, I immediately started preparing to sell my condo rental property. I bought the unit as my first home in 2006. It’s a one-bedroom condo, not far outside of Washington D.C in northern Virginia. As […]

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My Retirement Asset Allocations and Improved Portfolio Page

To be more transparent about my overall investment strategy, I’ve redesigned my Portfolio page and will be explaining the changes in today’s blog post. It now includes the details of our retirement asset allocations, my dividend growth stock portfolio, the forward 12-month investment income (F12MII) chart, and a new financial independence progress chart.  I did […]

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How to Retire at Age 55 – An Interview with Fritz Gilbert of The Retirement Manifesto

Not long ago, a fellow retirement blogger retired at the age of 55. I have the same retirement goal! So when I read about his triumphant exit from corporate America, I thought, who better to interview about how to retire at age 55 than Fritz Gilbert of The Retirement Manifesto? Fritz spent 30+ years at […]

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Is Retirement Age the Wrong Goal?

I named this blog based on a goal I set back in 2002, to retire at age 55, one year before the age my Dad retired. The objective drives many of my financial decisions. It has all the markings of a SMART goal – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. But now that I’m older […]

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Transferring Retirement Assets from Vanguard to Fidelity

I recently completed a six-figure transfer of retirement assets from Vanguard to Fidelity. The transfer is part of an account consolidation effort I put in motion last year to simplify our finances. The need to consolidate accounts became apparent when we started working on our family estate plan. We’re coming close to finally completing our […]

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Minimalism and Dividend Investing – Two Recent RBD Features Around the Web

A blog is a home base on the internet. My website gives me the freedom to share whatever’s on my mind, at any time, to most of the people on this planet.  But even though the internet enables bloggers to reach billions of people, most of us write to very small audiences. That’s OK. We […]

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6 Powerful (and Low-Risk) Financial Maneuvers that Put Extreme Frugality to Shame

Powerful financial maneuvers are meaningful decisions you make with your money and lifestyle that have a significant long-term impact on building wealth.  Too often, we focus on the little ways to save money. We used to be a coupon clipping couple before having kids. We had more time back then. Coupons influenced our shopping choices […]

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Never Depend on a Single Income

Never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source. – Warren Buffett Buffett quotes are usually more eloquent. My grammar checker hated this one. But it’s one of my favorites because he sounds like a caveman. And it’s one way I like to think about investing, as a secondary source of income.  […]

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StreetShares Review – Earn 5% Lending to Veteran-Owned Businesses

This StreetShares Review was updated on 03/07/2019 StreetShares is a Reston, VA-based small business lending and investing platform that aims to bring trusted digital financing to veteran business owners.  Small business loans are funded with investments made by individuals and institutional investors, making this a peer to peer lending platform similar to LendingClub. However, instead […]

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3 Top Retirement Income Securities Yielding Above 5%

Hey everybody. This week we’re fortunate to have a guest post talking about retirement income securities that yield above 5%. This article is from Bob Ciura, a writer at Sure Dividend. Today’s article recommends three retirement income securities of three different flavors. The first two you’ve probably never heard of. The third, you most definitely have (but […]

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4 Reasons to Invest in Multifamily Real Estate Properties

Independent landlords who own residential real estate typically own single-family homes, condo units, or maybe a small multifamily real estate property such as a duplex or triplex. Multifamily real estate properties can require substantial capital and significant elbow-grease before being ready to produce positive income. Until recently, single-family and small multifamily properties were the primary […]

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Should You Max Out Your 401(k) in 2019?

The department head at my job invited me into his office for a 30-minute chat when I first started. We spent the time getting to know each other and talking about our past experiences and current roles at the company. Then he asked if was contributing the 403(b). I live and breath this stuff so I saw it […]

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