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Dividend Income Update – Q3 2016

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It’s time to check up on our dividend income, my favorite form of passive income. Rental income is great too, but it takes more work. I started investing in the stock market when I began working full time in 1996. First, I contributed to my 401k. After a few years, I was able to fully […] Read More

Are You in Financial Denial?

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Last week, I was catching up on season 1 of the show Fear the Walking Dead. This TV series is a spinoff from the popular zombie apocalypse show – The Walking Dead. This prequel is set in Los Angeles during the initial zombie outbreak. The show was not bad, but most of the characters are […] Read More

How Early Retirement Impacts Social Security Benefits

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I originally wrote this post in 2012 to figure out how early retirement impacts Social Security benefits. It’s been 4 years so I thought I’d check my Social Security statement and update the post with some current numbers. Also, it was National Social Security week earlier this month, April 4-13th. The Social Security office wants […] Read More

Dividend Income Update – Q1 2016

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I started investing in the stock market when I began working full time in 1996. First, I contributed to my 401k. After a few years, I was able to fully max out my 401k contribution and kept that up until now. Currently, my retirement funds are all invested in low cost Vanguard funds. I also […] Read More

How Many Sources of Income Do You Have?

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The internet said a typical millionaire has 7 sources of income. I don’t know if this is accurate, but I’m sure wealthy people have more than one source of income. Most of us start off with just one source of income – earned income. That’s how we start our working life. We go to school, […] Read More

2020 Challenge: Passive Income VS Expense

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This is the 2016 update for our 2020 Challenge: generate enough passive income to exceed our expenses. Mrs. RB40 plans to retire in 2020 and it would be really nice if we can accomplish this goal by then. We have passive income from different sources and for this challenge we’ll count all of them. Here […] Read More

I Got My High-Tech Antitrust Settlement Check!

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Yes! I just received my High-Tech Antitrust Settlement Check! If you’ve been paying careful attention to my recent cash flow updates, you would have seen a hint about this. I was hoping for a windfall so I can use it to beef up our liquidity and contribute a little extra to our tax advantaged accounts. […] Read More