Category Archives: Investments

Be Careful When Attempting Faith Based Investing

Faith Based Investing is starting to get some press and investment companies are hearing the call, creating funds to meet that demand.  While I am Christian (Greek Orthodox to be exact) I am not a hardcore religious guy, so I don’t really get the desire to have a faith based portfolio, but more importantly, I don’t thinkContinue Reading

What are Deferred Annuities? Fixed vs. Variable Deferred Annuities

Annuities are easy to understand.  I already introduced the simple single premium annuity but like most things in life it gets a little bit more sophisticated.  Notice that I say sophisticated not complicated; Deferred Annuities are easy if you look at them the way I do!  There are zealots on both sides of Deferred annuities, IContinue Reading

What are Annuities? An Introduction to Immediate Annuities

Understanding Annuities makes it easier for you to make an informed decision rather than just listening to an advisor or worse a talking head on television.  Annuities often bring up strong emotions when they really shouldn’t, it is nothing more than a financial product often issued by insurance companies.  The definition of an annuity isContinue Reading

Is Home Remodeling Really an Investment? Is Remodeling Worth it?

I have never seen the show “Bang for your Buck” on HGTV until today, and all it really made me do was question whether home remodeling is really an investment?  Currently, I live in a brand new Town House (or it was brand new when I bought it in 2007) which has a limited priceContinue Reading

Asset Aggregation May Be Just as Important as Asset Diversification or Allocation

If asked for your own example of customer loyalty, what would you give? Free months of phone service, flight upgrades to first-class, special hotel accommodations?  Most would probably think along the lines of a consumer, yet investments are an often overlooked area. A while back, the local supermarket ran a promotion with Cuisinart. Collecting “points”Continue Reading

What is a Callable CD? and Why Current Callable CDs Don’t Make Sense

I generally don’t like Certificates of Deposits because the math doesn’t make sense, but I received an e-mail today about Callable CDs that made me really mad.  I had heard of Callable bonds, but don’t have any recollection of a Callable Certificate of Deposit, so I figured I would share what I learned about them andContinue Reading