The financial blogging community is a pretty tight knit group. Although I’m new to the blogging side of things, I’ve been an audience member for over 5 years, reading people’s stories, learning from them, and following their financial journeys.  There are probably 30+ people I have been following for years, who I could tell you their investing styles, what stocks they own, and perhaps even their average dividend income just off the top of my head.  What I couldn’t do however is tell you a little more about the people behind the portfolio’s…which is what inspired me to reach out to a few of my favourites, and try  to get to know them better.

I hope you have been enjoying the previous interviews.  You can view them on my blogroll page HERE

Welcome to Volume 9 of “Better Know A Blogger”!

Today I will be featuring Matt from All About The Dividends

I’v been following Matt’s blog for over a year now.  I really enjoy watching his progress because we have a lot in common.  Matthew is a fellow Canadian, lives one province over from me, is the same age, and we own a lot of the same stocks.

Without further ado…I’d like to introduce you to Matt from All About The Dividends

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Name: Matthew

Age: 34

Where do you live:  Small town in Ontario, Canada

Tell me something awesome about your cityPopulation is very friendly, nice downtown for walking and shopping

What do you do for a living:  Custodian for one of the school boards in the area

Are you married:   No

Do you have any Kids? Pets:   No Kids.  Have a dog named Buddy

Website: All About The Dividends

Twitter:  @allaboutthedivi

Why do you blog:  It helps me become a better investor.  Also it is fun to share my investing journey with others

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Why do you invest/What is your ultimate financial goal:  I invest so one day i can retire.  My ultimate goal is to receive at least $12,000 per year in dividends.

When did you start investing: About 15 years ago, at the age of 19

How long until you will be financially free (wont NEED to work): 30 years??

 What will you do in retirement:  I think I would like to do some travelling, there are a few places in the world I would like to see.
Do you share your portfolio? If so, what is the current value: Yes I do, the current value is around $120,000
What is your net worth: My current networth is around $128,000

What % of your salary do you invest/save each year:   At the moment, I am not too sure.  Every year it changes.  The last two years I have invested more as I try to catch up on contribution room in my TFSA & RRSP

Do you invest in funds or individual stocks & why:  I started out in funds but moved to individual stocks.  I changed because I hated paying fees.  Also I thought the dividends would help me more with retirement income.

If I gave you $10,000 right now to invest in 1 stock – what would you pick & why:  I would say Johnson & Johnson.  JnJ is such a huge company and with an ageing population I think they are positioned nicely with all their products.  Also it continues to grow its dividend.

What was your biggest financial fuck up: In 2014 I bought Long Run Exploration.  I put all my money ($8000) into it because of it’s nice dividend.  After I bought it the price of oil tanked and the company was sold.  I lost around $6900 of my $8000.

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Is there a God:  Yes

When you die, what is 1 thing you hope people think of/remember you for:  How I put others before myself

Do you vote? Who did you last vote for: Yes in the federal election, I voted for Stephen Harper.

What do you think the next big technological advance will be:  I have no clue

What is the single biggest threat to humanity:  Donald J Trump

What are you most proud of & why: I am proud that I have a great mother who taught me how to save my money so I don’t have to go into lots of debt.

If you knew you only had 1 year to live – how would you spend it: Cash in my savings, and travel the world.  First I would go visit all my blogging friends, then go to Hawaii, Australia and Europe.

What is one thing most people don’t do – but everybody SHOULD do to make the world a better place:  Treat people the way they you want to be treated

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Favorite Movie:  Battle Of Britain

Favorite TV Show:  Big Bang Theory

Favorite book:  Without Warning

First Job:  Umpire

Have you ever been fired:   No

Which website do you spend the most time on:  Twitter

Favorite Cocktail: Don’t drink

Favorite Beer:  Don’t Drink

Favorite Sports Team: Toronto Maple Leafs*

**Editors Note** Gross

Have you ever been arrested?  No

Dogs or Cats:  Dogs

Sex or Beer:  Sex

How often do you check your portfolio (be honest):  Daily

How often do you check your website stats (be honest):  Daily

**Bonus question submitted by my wife (I asked her what ONE question I should ask):

What do you put on your hotdog: Ketchup

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If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming “Better know a blogger” piece, or have any specific questions you’d like to ask others in the community let me know!