Category Archives: Investments

What Does it Mean to Buy Your Stocks Like Groceries?

I am in the middle of re-reading Benjamin Graham’s classic book, The Intelligent Investor, and I came across a quick blurb that I can’t stop thinking about (well maybe that is an exaggeration, but I l do really love the quote).  For the uninitiated, Benjamin Graham is basically the father of value investing.  He is

January 2015 Dividend Watch List

For the past few years I have been using a very specific screening process with only a few changes. Once or twice a month I refer to my “watch list” and determine stocks I should purchase in $500 or $1,000 lots.  My goal is to find undervalued companies that have been increasing dividends for the

How Did Some of the Experts and Publications Stock Picks Do in 2014?

Articles that make blanket statements like “these are the stocks to own in X year” drive me absolutely bananas.  It feeds the need for instant results and worse there doesn’t seem to be an accountability when the idea fails to beat the market.  Investing should be done on a multi-year maybe multi-decade approach, so it

WSJ Provides Some Nice Reminders about Investing

With the market hitting a new high almost weekly it was refreshing to see an article that I originally found in the Saturday edition of the WSJ (although it looks like it was reprinted with permission).  The article titled, “Sweet 16: Rules for Investors” by Morgan Housel reminds us of some fundamental truths during this

Risky Investments and Recovering From a Substantial Stock Loss

Earlier this year I swore off gambling in the stock market, vowing to keep my investments just that, investments.  Well the investment club I am involved still has an appetite for it.  I actually don’t mind because this provides me with some exposure to that world without risking “my” money (yes, some of it is

Attempting to Increase International Exposure – Consistent Dividend Payers

Every month I take the time to screen stocks for a purchase that month.  I have published my screening results for the past few years.  The very first test is whether they the company has maintained and increased their dividend for at least 20 years.  This is not an easy feat; of the 15,000+ publicly traded