Category Archives: Investments

Unhappy with Your Full or Discount Stock Broker?

During tough economic times and times of volatility in the stock market, many look at their full service stock broker and wonder if they could be doing a better job. Many question their full service broker’s fiduciary, competence and expenses. Most investors only wake up to the fact when the stock market does so poorly,Continue Reading

Business Succession Planning Should be a Priority for Business Owners and Professionals

There is one aspect of running a business that most business owners often overlook; succession planning.  I am often reminded of the vary scary scary fact that, Approximately 90 percent of U.S. businesses are family firms, ranging in size from small “mom-n-pop” businesses to the likes of Walmart, Ford, Mars and Marriott. Family businesses areContinue Reading

Stock Investing Will Have its Up and Downs

I started writing a post about dividend investing research and then realized that how could I with good conscious write about anything other than my feelings about the market.  While I love preforming my own analysis I don’t pretend to be an “investment guy” and  that is probably the reason that despite my obsession with myContinue Reading

Insurance Products Should Not be a Four Letter Word When it Comes to Retirement Income Planning

The Wall Street Journal had a recent article that I think was detrimentally incomplete even taking into account that it is 1,000 words on a subject that can take years to master.  The article, “You Need a Plan to Boost Retirement Income” by Jeff D. Opdyke highlights three asset vehicles/classes that he thinks should takeContinue Reading

Dividend Investment Portfolio July 2011 Update

I recently had to change the way my dividend investment portfolio operated and I realized that while I came to the logistics of how I would actively invest in it I didn’t actually pick the new stocks I would be investing in for the next couple months.  I used to narrow down the Dividend AristocratContinue Reading

Why Value Investing Works – The Myth of Efficient Markets

Eugene Fama is generally credited with creating the academic model of Efficient Markets in his Phd. thesis at University of Chicago. At its very basic, the weak form of Efficient Market Hypothesis states that the securities prices reflect ALL publicly available information. The semi-strong form of EMH further states that any new public information isContinue Reading