Category Archives: Investments

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…Continue Reading

I Sold a Portion of a Position in my Dividend Growth Portfolio

I have gone back and forth in the past about whether I should ever consider selling any piece of my dividend investment portfolio.  The 30 or so comments are more valuable than the actual post! They include those who have been in the Dividend Growth Investment world before it had a name. The post was…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

October 2013 Dividend Champion Watch List

After my September 2013 Dividend Champion Portfolio Update I bought: 10 shares Target at 63.18 with commissions – $639.75 This (along with every other) update takes a snapshot of certain metrics on a certain date (this one was prepared the night of October 18, 2013). My Dividend Investment Portfolio Screening Criteria The company has paid…Continue Reading