Category Archives: Investments

WSJ Provides Some Nice Reminders about Investing

With the market hitting a new high almost weekly it was refreshing to see an article that I originally found in the Saturday edition of the WSJ (although it looks like it was reprinted with permission).  The article titled, “Sweet 16: Rules for Investors” by Morgan Housel reminds us of some fundamental truths during this… Continue Reading

Risky Investments and Recovering From a Substantial Stock Loss

Earlier this year I swore off gambling in the stock market, vowing to keep my investments just that, investments.  Well the investment club I am involved still has an appetite for it.  I actually don’t mind because this provides me with some exposure to that world without risking “my” money (yes, some of it is… Continue Reading

Attempting to Increase International Exposure – Consistent Dividend Payers

Every month I take the time to screen stocks for a purchase that month.  I have published my screening results for the past few years.  The very first test is whether they the company has maintained and increased their dividend for at least 20 years.  This is not an easy feat; of the 15,000+ publicly traded… Continue Reading

Past Wasn’t As Good As You Remember it…Trading Costs

Past Wasn’t As Good As You Remember it…Trading Costs

I was reading a recent post by Dividend Mantra titled, The Golden Age of Financial Independence, wherein he mentioned how inexpensive it is to invest in stocks & ETFs, and it reminded me about a recent conversation with my mother-in-law.   While my mother-in-law is an amazing, grandmother, mother and mother-in-law, she is one of those… Continue Reading

A Small Reminder about the Benefits of Dollar Cost Averaging

I have recently been in the process of consolidating some accounts.  First up was altering up our cash flow chart to better reflect our current situation.  Second, was bringing all of The Wife’s assets over to Fidelity.  Part of that was moving assets she had with me, as an investment advisor (not husband) at my broker-dealer, and… Continue Reading

What is a Value Trap?

As a self proclaimed value dividend investor I tend to read related articles, posts and books on the subject and I always see the term “value trap” but I never actually looked it up.  Upon reading a little bit of the term, it feels like I am inevitably going to fall into one day, but… Continue Reading