Category Archives: Investments

A Nasty Side Effect of Switching Brokers – Lost Cost Basis Information

I found out a terrible and time consuming problem when I was forced to switch from TradeKing to Fidelity my cost basis does not always transfer!  Imagine my surprise when I signed into my fidelity account and found all my stocks moved over from my mostly dormant TradeKing account, but no Cost Basis Information! Why

Passive Investing vs. Active Investing – What Takes More Guts?

Last Friday, as I watched markets close lower for the 6th week in a row I started to think  to myself who has more guts The person who keeps shoving money into the market regardless of the news out there (passive index investing) OR The person who ignores history that the tends to increase over

Review of Free Dividend Investing E-Book

I generally dislike e-books, I often find that they are terrible reproductions of blogs adding no real value, however, when my buddy Mike from TheFinancialBlogger told me he was creating an e-book on Dividend Investing I was actually excited to check it out. As usual, Mike offers something above and beyond the norm in his

What is the S&P 500? Who are the Members Today? Who Were the Original Members of the S&P?

What is the S&P 500? Who are the Members Today? Who Were the Original Members of the S&P?

Growing up my parents almost exclusively listened to boring A.M. news stations in the car and I can distinctly remember hearing every 11 minutes (1010-wins for anyone from NY?) that the S&P was up or down a certain percentage.  While I almost can’t help but run into this number daily I don’t think there are

Would You Buy a United States Government Annuity?

Would You Buy a United States Government Annuity?

As the baby boomers get older and older it is almost impossible to pick up a financial publication that doesn’t discuss turning one’s nest egg into a stream of income.  It has been a while since I explained both an immediate annuity and deferred annuities, but basically they are financial products that turn a sum

The Misunderstanding Most Investors Make

The Misunderstanding Most Investors Make

I’ll be honest that I am not fully convinced as to what investment style works, and I am alright with that since my response is to have a little bit of everything. I have an actively managed dividend portfolio, a 401(k) made up mostly of actively managed mutual funds, a whole life insurance policy, and