Yearly Archives: 2014

To Save Money Sometimes All You Have to do is Ask

I have two annual bills that become payable each October, my Sirius satellite  radio and my American Express card.  Both of these bills are completely unnecessary.  I could easily go with out satellite radio, and while I really like my Amex card I am not willing to pay an annual fee for a credit card.  So every… Continue Reading

Why Hasn’t an Investment Firm or Insurance Company Created this Product?

After reading the twelfth article about how there is yet another generation woefully unprepared for retirement and how the 401(k) is a terrible product I started to think about what an investment firm or more likely in this case an insurance company can do to engage in my generation and the answer is so simple.… Continue Reading

Received an Update on One of my Most Influential Clients and it Kind of Bummed Me Out

I received an email today that took me back for a moment.  Almost exactly 2 years I wrote, “My 85 Year Old Client Has Provided More Inspiration Than She’ll Ever Know” wherein I highlighted an interaction with an elderly client.  I was taken back as it is always a moment of fear that a client may… Continue Reading

Don’t Confuse Value and Sunk Costs

Yesterday, I was in the middle of “intense” negotiations regarding a fantasy football trade and I was quickly reminded about a Warren Buffett quote that is often repeated.  It was from the Berkshire Hathaway 2008 Annual Letter, Long ago, Ben Graham taught me that “Price is what you pay; value is what you get.” Whether we’re talking about… Continue Reading

Searching for Undervalued Dividend Champions – October 2014

Every month for the past few years I take the Dividend Champion list (which is defined below) and on a purely metric basis look for undervalued stocks.I use the dividend champion list for two reasons.  One, the dividend champion list includes companies that have paid an increasing dividend for the past 25+ years, and this… Continue Reading