December 2013 Dividend Watchlist

After my November 2013 Dividend Watchlist update I bought: 18 Shares of BMS for $711.39 with commissions 15 Shares of HCP for $581.10 with commissions Sold 24 shares of MCY for proceeds of $1,114.27 after commissions. I think this was the first time I ever sold, even a part, of a position that wasn’t dueContinue Reading

Reviewing how Kiplinger’s Stock Picks for 2013 Performed

I always hated those articles that take a moment in time and provide the reader with the “best” stocks using just a paragraph of justification. They don’t seem to make any sense to me, but I am sure they sell magazines. Every year or so I take a look at the list and actually callContinue Reading

Stocks Splits Shouldn’t Matter…But they do

A stock split shouldn’t actually matter in terms of valuing a company, but for some reason they do.  A stock split is when a company divides its stock (often you’ll see 2 for 1 or 10 for 1 stock splits) to shareholders on a date certain.  For example, MasterCard announced a 10 for 1 stockContinue Reading

Ownership of Life Insurance may be Important

Since we all know the main purpose of life insurance is to provide for those when you aren’t around the conversation often focuses on the beneficiary and almost no time is spent discussing the owner.  I think this is a huge shortcoming of both the legal world and the financial world because usually one side thinksContinue Reading

What Does Shorting a Stock Mean?

Personally, I try not to make broad market calls because it seems like every time I do I am wrong. Notwithstanding, you are unable to visit any financial website without seeing some type of headline about a market top or a bursting of an equity bubble.  When the media starts to “turn” on the market there isContinue Reading

My December 2013 Net Worth Update

On November’s Net Worth Update a commenter made note that my net worth has not increased nearly as much as the market.  My initial reaction was to think about all that was done financially this year (house purchase, house repairs, etc.), but upon further thought it leads me to the question of whether correlation isContinue Reading