Investing is broad, but necessary, category in a person’s personal finance world.  Leaving your savings in just cash never made much sense nevertheless at today’s rates.  Investing is often thought about in terms of buying stocks, but it is more than that, you could invest in an insurance based product, real estate, a business, yourself, etc.

June 2019 Undervalued Dividend Stock Watch List

The downturn in the market I discussed last month was pretty short lived, so it'll be interesting to see what stocks still meet my metrics below.  As a reminder, every month I buy a lot or two (currently defined as $500) of a hopefully undervalued dividend growth stock. Screening for Undervalued Dividend Growth Companies Dividend Growth History The very first hurdle that a company has to pass is whether it has increased its dividend for 20 or more years.  I am looking to build a sustainable income stream, and it is my hope (and all it is a hope) that if they [...]

By |2019-06-12T15:46:28-04:00June 12th, 2019|Dividend Investment Portfolio|1 Comment

Selling Your Home? Avoid these 5 Common Mistakes (or Else)

Arthur Miller, the patron saint of geeky playwrights who end up marrying unbelievably hot women, once sagely observed that in life “maybe all that one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.” Well, one assumes that Miller ended his days thrilled with regrets about hooking up with Marilyn Monroe. Even though their tumultuous marriage only lasted for five years, we’re talking about Marilyn Monroe here. What more needs to be said? However, one also hopes that Miller didn’t experience the all-too-common regrets — which are 100% miserable and never edifying — associated with selling a home. Here is [...]

By |2019-05-22T22:58:55-04:00May 22nd, 2019|real estate|0 Comments

I May Be Moving Again!

I get reminded about it every 6 to 9 months, but one of my favorite things of running a blog for the past 10+ years is the ability to rummage through my archives and put myself back in that situation.  Prior to writing this post it was kind of cool to take a look at some of my older posts about moving from my first home to our current home and all the things that went into it - selling my first home and the emotions thereof, and then subsequently buying our current home (along 5 or so updates during that time [...]

By |2019-05-29T22:35:38-04:00May 14th, 2019|real estate|0 Comments

May 2019 Undervalued Dividend Growth Screen

Every month, I buy a lot or two (a lot is currently defined as $500) of a stock that meets certain value metrics and has increased their dividend every year for at least 20 years.  For the first time this year we had a pretty good pull back in the markets in the past few weeks, and since we have another month underway figured it was good enough time as any to see if any consistent dividend growth stocks took an unexpected larger beating. Screening for Undervalued Dividend Growth Companies Dividend Growth History The very first hurdle that a company has to [...]

By |2019-05-09T10:58:36-04:00May 9th, 2019|Dividend Investment Portfolio|0 Comments

James Dondero and Highland Capital Management Make a Difference in Texas

After a long, illustrious career, James Dondero co-founded his own firm and is now the president of that firm. The firm is Highland Capital Management, and it specializes in high-yield and distressed investing. He is also at the forefront of the firm's collateralized loan obligation or CLO market. Highland Capital Management is in the business of offering its clients CLOs, ETFs, REITs, mutual funds, private equity funds and hedge funds. After James Dondero opened Highland Capital Management in 1993, he became a big deal in the alternative credit industry. Today, the firm is assisting private investors with their distressed accounts, equity accounts, [...]

By |2019-04-18T08:59:52-04:00April 18th, 2019|Business|0 Comments