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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?
Last month, I added a new spreadsheet section to the blog. One spreadsheet is the Expense Tracker. If you followed my last post about it, it measures your expenses against income giving you dollar figures to see where your money is spent. It deducts taxes also to predict what you will have left over at year end. This week I made a few modifications to this spreadsheet.
I have been investing for a few years now and following the market for longer. During this time I have seen a lot. Both bull and bear markets, full sectors rising and falling, stock splits, dividend increases or decreases, new IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, just to name a few. While this is all normal for the market, the question remains. Why do I believe this is the best time to be an investor?
I have had a few people come to me recently who are interested in investing. After doing some of their own research, they became dazed with dividends (See what I did there?). One of the hardest parts of investing it just taking the plunge and getting started. We all have to start somewhere. So I figured I would give people a little help and a good starting point by putting it all into one place. Introducing a new section of this blog: Spreadsheets!
With only a few days left until the new year, I honestly thought I was done making moves on my portfolio until then. As your investments grow and you start accumulating more stocks or add new companies, it takes longer and is harder to maintain upkeep on it. While we ideally like to hold stock in quality companies for the long term, this isn’t always the case. From time to time a stock may become volatile or will no longer fit into your portfolio.