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
Where do you live: Small town in Ontario, Canada
Tell me something awesome about your city: Population 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
Why do you blog: It helps me become a better investor. Also it is fun to share my investing journey with others
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 % 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.
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
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
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!