Yearly Archives: 2018

/2018

6 Reasons To Give DIY Blind Installation A Try

Typically, when you buy a home or move into one that is a newer construction, the last thing you think of is window treatments - which can be a huge mistake. Although they aren’t factored into many home budgets, blinds, draperies, and shades can cost you a considerable amount, and in some areas of your home they’re necessary for heating, cooling, and privacy. If you are considering installing your own blinds, there are both advantages and disadvantages to doing so. If you have a “can-do” attitude, then there is no reason why you can’t give it a try. These are six reasons [...]

By | 2018-01-19T14:50:17+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Random|1 Comment

Where American Travelers Can Go To Get The Most Out Of Their Exchange Rate

The value of the dollar has taken a huge hit around the globe over the past decade, which is making world travel more expensive for Americans. If you are looking to travel overseas, then you are still likely to get your money’s worth if you go to the UK and Europe, dollar for dollar. Economists are warning those who want to travel to more distant lands that their dollar might not be worth much in 2018, although the dollar is hopefully on an upswing. The value of the American dollar slid nearly 10 percent in 2017 compared to the British pound and [...]

By | 2018-01-19T14:45:39+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Economics|0 Comments

3 Risky Investments that Can Ruin Your Small Business

Everyone who’s ever started their own business has got a dream for it. No one envisions running their company on a shoestring budget forever. Instead, business owners want their startup to thrive and succeed. And while some risks are inherent in that prospect, taking on unnecessarily perilous investments can crumble even the most stable businesses. Fortunately, there are ways to identify which projects are worth your time and money, and which ones you should avoid like the plague. Rapid Expansion If you’ve established yourself at a certain location, enjoyed success there, and possess the resources and personnel to expand your operation –– [...]

By | 2018-01-18T14:08:24+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Business|0 Comments

January 2018 Undervalued Dividend Growth Watch List

For the past few years, I have shared the painstaking task of taking the dividend champion (25+ years of dividend growth) and part of the dividend contender list (20+ years of dividend growth) and screen against stated metrics to narrow down my watch list for the month.  I then buy a lot or two depending on the month; a lot being defined as $500.  I am rather excited to apply my new screening metrics (outlined again below) to see what I am buying this month.  It is my goal this year to apply some real record tracking to this account this and [...]

By | 2018-01-16T21:48:22+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Dividend Investment Portfolio|0 Comments

Retooling my Undervalued Dividend Growth Screen Metrics

I made a decision late last year, that every 6 to 9 months I am going to look at different factors to determine whether a stock should be on my watch list for that month.  I didn't write a post about it, because there wouldn't be much to discuss without the actual plan.  I the reason I came up with this decision is pretty simply that I don't know what I don't know.  If I had a screening plan that I knew was the answer I would have a a fund versus a small little account. I have been sharing my screens [...]

By | 2018-01-11T09:09:02+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Dividend Investment Portfolio|4 Comments