Last Friday, we ran a little experiment and I let you vote on a few dividend stocks. You can find the June 2017 Stock Poll here. I was hoping for a little larger turnout that participated but I am still happy to get some good data and view points. As of today, I closed the polls and am ready to announce the results!
The following is a guest blog post by Stacy B Miller:
Seldom do we realize that our past money memories cast a long-term impact on our financial behavior. Those childhood memories shape our beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and attitude about money.
Don’t agree with me? Okay. Let me share my story with you. Hopefully, after you finish reading my story, you’ll understand what I’m trying to convey.
Lets try a little experiment here. I have select a few stocks that I believe provide some value at current prices. I either own these currently and wish to expand my position or am looking to open a new position with that company. Let’s get your opinions on what is on your watch list and what you think has great value currently. If your choices aren’t on the poll, feel free to comment or email me and I will try to add them. For now, let’s keep the poll open for a week before I publish the results. Let me know what you think. Have fun!
We hear sayings all the time. For instance, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Which implies if you eat healthy, you will keep yourself and body healthy. That is solid childhood advice. However, we can use that same lesson in our finances. So I propose a new saying, “A dollar a day helps our investments pay.” Let me explain.
Wow, I can’t believe May is already over. That went so fast. Finally the weather is starting to turn and get warmer. I get to spend a lot more time outside playing sports and just enjoy the summer time. The best thing to remember though is, while you are out having fun, your invested money is still working for you! Let’s take a look at how my portfolio performed in May. See more details from May below:
Private Equity has been around for a long time. An individual or firm provides money in order to get a business venture started. In turn, the investors own equity in the company and get a share of the profits. Crowdfunding has been getting very popular over the last few years especially on sites like KickStarter. People post ideas or things they need money for and people from all over the world can donate to the cause if you will. Sometimes it is just fun to read the posts on that site. I have seen anything from raising money to create movies, to some guy waning to make potato salad! The difference however, is these individuals simply donate money and do not get anything out of it afterward depending on what the kick start entails. An example is, if enough money was raised to fund a movie idea, the movie itself would be its own reward once completed. But what if these two ideas were merged together?
The following is a guest blog post:
By Laur Davidson, personal finance journalist
From early on, we are all told that non-mortgage debt is bad, and that we should do everything we can to become debt-free if we ever expect to be financially independent. However, we are also told that, the only way to build sufficient capital for a secure retirement is to save early and save often. So, student borrowers about to embark on a new career, which should it be?
Not too long ago, I initiated a new position with CAH. After that, I told myself I would wait and save up some capital since I have a few big expenditures coming up soon. Well with my birthday fast approaching, I decided to treat myself to a little early gift instead. On Friday, I started a new position with Realty Income Corp (O). I bought 10 shares at $56.19. See more stats on O below.
As the excitement from the record breaking first quarter results dwindle, just like that the first month in the second quarter is behind us as well. While March tends to be a large month for dividend investors since it ends the quarter, April was a little lacking for my liking, at least for me anyway. But you can’t argue with growth of any kind when every little bit helps. See more details from April below: