My Watch List For November 2014


What an October, huh? The broader stock market was certainly volatile, as we watched the S&P 500 index drop by slightly more than 5.5% from the 1st to the 15th. And while I don’t really worry about what the S&P 500 index does due to that fact that I’m an investor that focuses on individual companies and […]

Recent Buy


What a month it has been! I kind of feel like the old me. I used to deploy substantial capital with some frequency back when my income was significantly higher than it is now, but lately my stock purchases have been a bit more subdued both in frequency and amounts. However, the stock market was unusually volatile […]

She Said Yes!


Claudia and I met a little over five years ago. I moved away from Michigan back in 2009 for a fresh start and some new opportunities. The economy at the time was absolutely terrible, and it was particularly scary doing what I was doing where I was doing it. I was working in the auto industry […]

Weekend Reading – October 24, 2014


Do you have whiplash yet? I actually visited Cedar Point over the summer, and they sport some of the best roller coasters around. But the stock market has been attempting to give some of those rides a run for their money lately. Up, down, and back around. Of course, these movements are really nothing when you compare them […]

Is There Value In Coca-Cola and IBM After Big Respective Drops?


I just wrote a post comparing the stock market to a roller coaster, and you can see that bear out with the way The Coca-Cola Company (KO) and International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) saw their respective stocks react after third quarter results that were, to varying degrees, disappointing. I’m a shareholder in both companies, so you […]

What Have We Really Lost?


I don’t comment often on broader market trends, macroeconomics, interest rate changes, or much of anything else that is out of my control and ultimately has little to do my long-term plan of building wealth. And that’s because much of this is noise. I’ve discussed many times how important it is to ignore this noise, so I […]

A Look At Four Great Dividend Stocks


Special note: Today, we have a guest post by Ben. He writes for Sure Dividend and he’s sharing an article about four excellent stocks and how they rank within the framework of his “8 Rules of Dividend Investing”.  I don’t allow guest posts very often, and Ben and I have been in discussion about this […]

Create Your Own Miniature Berkshire Hathaway


One of the very first things I did when I initially started investigating investing and a potential strategy that could work for me and my goals was read about Warren Buffett. Of course, it’s almost impossible not to run into the guy and his amazing story as a general citizen, let alone as someone who’s […]

Recent Buy


I definitely didn’t intend to deploy any more capital this month. I was quite content with the addition to my burgeoning position in American Realty Capital Properties Inc. (ARCP) on the very first day of the month, and then quickly thereafter my decision to add to my position in BHP Billiton Plc (BBL) for the first […]

Weekend Reading – October 10, 2014


Whew. What a roller coaster! And by that, I’m talking about life and the stock market. I’m finally back in the swing of things down here in Sarasota, and life is good. The sun is shining just as bright as I remember it, and the beautiful sands of Siesta Key are just a few miles […]