Category Archives: Investments

Stocks Splits Shouldn’t Matter…But they do

A stock split shouldn’t actually matter in terms of valuing a company, but for some reason they do.  A stock split is when a company divides its stock (often you’ll see 2 for 1 or 10 for 1 stock splits) to shareholders on a date certain.  For example, MasterCard announced a 10 for 1 stock

What Does Shorting a Stock Mean?

Personally, I try not to make broad market calls because it seems like every time I do I am wrong. Notwithstanding, you are unable to visit any financial website without seeing some type of headline about a market top or a bursting of an equity bubble.  When the media starts to “turn” on the market there is

November 2013 Dividend Watchlist Update

After my October 2013 Dividend Watchlist I bought: 22 Shares of Leggett & Platt for $652 with commissions This (along with every other) update takes a snapshot of certain metrics on a certain date.  This update was prepared on the night of November 17, 2013.  The spreadsheets below do not update automatically.   My Dividend Investment

I Have a Personal Problem Investing in Unprofitable Companies

It has been hard to ignore news about Twitter recently which went public on November 7, 2013.  It immediately went from $26/share to $40+ topping out $50.09.  It has since retreated recently (11/13/13 – $42.60) leaving me confused.  To date, Twitter has never made a profit.  Of course there are a ton of companies that

I Don’t Have the Same Feelings about Share Buybacks as I do Dividends

It is no surprise to anyone that reads the blog regularly that I really like consistent dividend paying stocks and then to get them “cheap” when compared to their value is just the icing on the cake.  I get an income stream and growth on my assets? Score.  However, there is another way corporations reward long