Redeeming your credit card rewards

Credit card reward schemes are a great way to make the most of your spending, but many customers aren’t even aware that their purchases are building up a wealth of reward points: let alone how they can redeem them for perks and treats. Signing up Whether applying for a new credit card or looking for

My Dividend Stream is Growing but is Still So Unexciting

Unless I receive any additional dividend payments in the next 13 days, my dividend income has increased 50+%! But I am pretty bummed about it.  How could that be possible? The problem is that the whole number is still damn unexciting.  In 2012 my (very distant) perpetual income machine provided $458.18 in dividends for the

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 due

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 call

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 stock

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 thinks