February 2014 Dividend Champion Watch list Update

After my January 2014 Dividend Watch list update I bought:  16 Shares of LEG for $490.03 including commissions 9 Shares of TGT for $523.02 including commissions I didn’t sell any shares last, although I may be doing this a bit more when/if I find a particular equity egregiously overvalued as is/was the case with the only

How Not to get Ripped off with Probate

Evan’s Note: Considering that most of my day is involved with Estate Planning I was very interested in learning about the probate process in England, so I asked a buddy. Grief is a very painful process, so it is important to avoid increasing the strain on your state of mind by making sense of the

Do Not Liquidate Your 401(k) When Leaving Your Job

For better or worse the 401(k) seems to be the main savings vehicle for Americans, so it always shocks me how little most people actually know about it.  Financial Advisor Magazine (along with every other main stream media outlet) jumped on a recent report by Fidelity (oddly enough none of these main stream outlets seem

Adding Negative Correlation to Your Portfolio

2013 rewarded most equity investors. Backed by broad market strength, the Dow, S+P 500 and NASDAQ each neared record highs. Several economic indicators are fueling optimism in 2014, as well. Low interest rates are keeping borrowing costs down, allowing cheap access to capital for companies to expand. A weak U.S. Dollar allows American products to

Taking a Look at My First 10-K Annual Report

I am absolutely embarrassed to admit I have never looked at a 10-K Annual Report.  Granted that is not even near the top 1000 embarrassing things I have admitted or done in my life, but considering my job, my blog and my active investments it may be number 2,032.  I was finally inspired to change that when

When’s the Last time You Reviewed your Beneficiaries?

It isn’t often discussed, but estate planning (or lack of estate planning) isn’t the only way assets pass to heirs.  A very common way an heir receives assets is pursuant to a beneficiary election or payable upon death contract.  Passing assets via a beneficiary status is not limited to just qualified retirement accounts and life