My journey of becoming financial independence by 35 years old
Back in June, I bought 10 shares of Darden restaurant chains. In November, the company spinned off FCPT as a REITs and I got 3 shares.
As a REITs, FCPT is required to have at least 75% of its business in real estate, and pay 90% of its profit. It doesn’t take long before I get the first dividend payout. On March 2nd, I received 2 payouts $6.49 and $17.86. The company gives me two options, either to trade in for stock or to receive cash dividend. I elected to have more shares and some cash. That increased my holding of FCPT to 4 shares. While it’s not nothing much, but this will increase my dividend by 25% :).
REITs have moved up rather nicely, but the economic news have been great especially for the job market adding 22500 job last month, the unemployment rate is 4.9%. Many analyst predicted 2 rate increase instead this year, small increase, but still the fed might have the confidence to raise rate. What does it mean?
Well short term, we might see value in REITs. I’m looking to add O back on to my portfolio and will add some others.
We might also see the strengthening of the dollar. It might or might not effecting the oil price at this point because we don’t know for sure of Arab Saudi, Iran and Russia will decide to shake hand to reduce production. It might highly unlikely as Iran needs the market share. The oil price surge today of $41 might be short lived.
My watch list for this year continue to be energy stocks. I’d have to be patience.
China has successfully carry out their plan to overtake parcels island:
1. Sent the millitary protected oil rig into Vietnam’s sea, Philippines, Malaysia, and Japan . Making the undisputed island to disputed islands. They claimed all of the South China Sea as close as 2 miles off the mainland. *Internationa law said the country can claim 200 miles off the mainland, The rest is international water.
2. Pull the rig back. Arrest Viennese fisherman and capture fishing boats.
3. Build up the island, create navy base, and misle defend.
4. Shake hand with the US to tighten up sanction with North Korea while still trading with North Korea
5. Disputed islands become undisputed islands, now parcels islands are totally militarized.
I can’t say Barrack Obama or Angela Markel are weak. but under their ruler, China has grown exponentially. The US deficit with China is getting bigger, big brother is old and broke. That’s for sure.
Regardless how badly, unpolitical, inappropriate, women insulting, people, especially women are remained loyal to Donald Trump. He’s as close as Hitler, single out a group of people, saying all the. Negative things (not statistics or facts) to a cheering crowd. *big sigh