Category Archives: Investments

Would You Build an Income Stream Based on SPIAs If you are 30?

With pensions becoming as common as the Dodo bird, annuities are losing their negative connotation and are even becoming more and more popular in the main stream financial media.  Despite the fact that I am only 30 I have started giving real thought to purchasing small staggered Single Premium Immediate Annuities as part of my

Avoiding Business Bubbles About to Burst

Nothing lasts forever.  This couldn’t be truer when it comes to business booms.  As the dotcom bubble of the early 2000s demonstrated, what goes up tends to come back down at the same speed.  Any financial advisor or planner will tell you to never count on any “hot” business idea being hot for too much longer. 

How are the Top 10 Stocks for 2007 and 2008 Doing in 2012?

I find it interesting when the financial media makes bold predictions for individual stocks or mutual funds and as time passes the reasoning for the pick erodes. My interest may be based in on my love for history or it may be because of people’s failure to apply sense of accountability. In Part 1 of

Screening Covered Call Options for my Traditional IRA

For the past couple years I have have mostly ignored my Traditional IRA.  I would put money into it every once in a while but it would mostly just purchase the only mutual fund that was in it The Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX).  I know that sunk costs shouldn’t matter but I promised myself if

Researching Foreign Investments

When you don’t live in a country it can be incredibly difficult to research any potential investments. With different currencies, government structures and cultures, it can soon become a deadly minefield of lost money and stressed phone calls. This is why it is so incredibly important to research all investments thoroughly. In years gone by

How I Use The Google Docs Spreadsheet For Investing

I am not exactly sure how Microsoft still profits off the office suite of products considering the awesomeness that is both google docs and openoffice; although I guess they figured out the model might be currently flawed as they have recently moved to an ad based, stripped down version of the product installed on new