Weekend Reading – July 30, 2011

I’ve learned a few things about dedication this past week; dedication to staying true to the plan. I’ve invested money twice this month, even as the markets decline daily. I believe in the long-term fundamentals of any company I invest in, so the debt crisis is a speed bump on a long trip. Declining markets […]

Ensure Your Dividends With These Insurance Stocks

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net July 21, 2011 As any other dividend growth investor knows, maintaining dividends is of the utmost priority for an investment. Raising dividends is, of course, extremely important as well, but a dividend cut is disastrous. It would result in the loss of income and the likely significant drop […]

Late To Work


Well, it’s been over two months since I’ve decided to get rid of my car and live an extremely frugal car-free lifestyle. It’s been generally great, as the budget has been significantly improved since I started using the bus to get to work. It’s also been a bit challenging, as one would suspect. I live […]

Weekend Reading – July 23, 2011

With the markets gyrating back and forth like an angry bull, it’s easy to get a queasy stomach. I’m not too worried, as the fluctuating market prices of my equities only hold weight when I buy and sell. The dividends, however, continue to land in my brokerage account for reinvestment. I love cash. Cash is […]

Do You DRIP?


This article originally appeared on The Div-Net July 14, 2011. DRIP stands for Dividend Reinvestment Plan. This plan is offered by corporations as a way to reinvest cash dividends by purchasing shares or fractions of shares on the dividend payment date. A lot of retail investors participate in such plans as a way to cheaply […]

Recent Buy


   The markets have been very turbulent lately. It seems there is no shortage of bad news. Greece’s possible default, Italy’s trouble and the U.S. debt ceiling are all on investor’s minds. It’s also on mine. But, I believe the world will keep turning today, tomorrow and ten years from now. I may end up […]

Weekend Reading – July 17, 2011

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in Sarasota, Florida. I’m not sure what the rest of the day has in store for me, but I think relaxing by the pool may be first in line. Sunday afternoons, especially lazy ones, are among my favorite moments in life. It’s a time to let the world pass […]

Five Core Dividend Stocks


This article originally appeared on The Div-Net July 7, 2011 There are all kinds of investments available to the average investor. You have stocks, bonds, commodities, currency, real estate…and the list goes on. I think there can be a case made for many different types of investments, and one should always diversify properly. I’m still […]

Income/Expenses For June 2011


Each month I will post my income/expenses for the previous month. I track every dollar in and out, so what you see is exactly what I earned and spent (rounded to the nearest dollar). Income from June 2011: $3,990–Regular Paycheck$179–Dividends$100–Bonus and Spiffs Total Income: $4,270 Expenses from June 2011: $638–Rent$200–Student Loans$66–Groceries$48–Restaurants$54–Fast Food and Pizza$7–Pharmacy$40–Mobile Phone$35–Internet$22–Public […]

Dividend Income Update – June 2011


June has come and gone, and it was really a fantastic month. In terms of dividends, I have hit my highest distribution total ever. I know that my dividend totals and the value of my portfolio are pretty small potatoes to a lot of other bloggers/investors out there, but I’m pretty proud of my humble […]