Yearly Archives: 2014


Almost No Type of Porn Should be Outlawed

I haven't had a good political rant in quite some time, but I couldn't believe last week when I found out that the United Kingdom banned the production of some types of porn.  The list of banned porn in the UK includes, Spanking Caning Aggressive whipping Penetration by any object "associated with violence" Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of  if consensual) Urolagnia (known as "water sports") Role-playing as non-adults Physical restraint Humiliation Female ejaculation Strangulation Facesitting Fisting Regardless of whether you think porn is evil this type of movement in a so-called free country is worrisome.  Most of porn is produced by [...]

By |2014-12-10T00:20:44-04:00December 10th, 2014|Random|0 Comments

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 major bull run we have been on for the past five years. All past market crashes are viewed as opportunities, but all future market crashes are viewed as risks Everyone is a genius in hindsight.  I want to talk to the guy who got out of the [...]

By |2015-01-05T15:43:25-04:00December 8th, 2014|Investments|0 Comments

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 my money but eight-ninths of it is not).  A recent decline in one of these types of equities occurred almost contemporaneously with me finishing Benjamin Graham's Intelligent Investor reminded me of a topic I haven't thought about in a while, how much gain is needed after a [...]

By |2016-02-22T13:43:43-04:00December 4th, 2014|Investments|0 Comments

December 2014 Net Worth Update

I write this update on the night of my son's 4th birthday.  It is almost unbelievable to me that I have a 4 year old! I know it such a cliche statement, but it is incredible how fast time flies.  I almost remember writing the post welcoming him to this world.  I know there is nothing I can do to slow it down, but milestones like this remind me why I behave the way I do financially.   Every dollar not spent on garbage is another dollar that can be used to build financial freedom.  The milestones I have watched over the past year [...]

By |2015-01-05T15:45:08-04:00December 1st, 2014|Personal Situation|4 Comments

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 companies (including the major markets and OTC) in the US there are only 150 or so that meet this requirement.  There are a few reasons why I a number of reasons why this test is important to me but among them they include: Eventually, I would like to [...]

By |2015-01-05T16:50:12-04:00November 25th, 2014|Dividend Investing|0 Comments