My Watch List For August


As I’ve discussed recently, it’s tough to find value in the market currently and I remain cautious with deploying new capital in the face of ever higher prices for high quality assets. While I’m always more than willing to pay a fair price for shares in a high quality business, I’m not quite as keen […]

A Tale Of Two Stocks – One Headwind, One Tailwind


As a dividend growth investor with an eye towards the long-term I mostly ignore short-term noise. I don’t pay too much attention to macroeconomic news like interest rate changes and fiscal policy in Germany. I simply focus on what I know works: buying ownership positions in high quality companies that have a proven history of […]

My Brand New Minty Fresh Dental Plan


Having teeth can be expensive! 2013 has been a year of changes for me. Up until very recently, I’ve never had any type of health insurance whatsoever. I took what I believe to be a calculated risk by forgoing any type of insurance and used those savings to invest in my future. Just a few […]

Caution Warranted


I wrote an article a little while back explaining why I don’t value the entire stock market, but rather individual companies. As an investor who buys shares in individual, high quality companies the valuation of the entire market is but a secondary concern. However, that doesn’t mean that I completely ignore the valuation of the […]

Mid-Year Goals Review


At the beginning of the year I laid forth my goals for 2013. I wanted to put a list of goals together that would be challenging, actionable and measurable. I believe that to various degrees all four goals meet this criteria. With half of 2013 now behind us I thought now would be a good […]

Which Is Riskier – 1 Paycheck Or 50 Paychecks?


There is a lot of confusion and fear over investing in the stock market. Although I consider myself an intelligent investor these days, there was a time not long ago that I was a total idiot with money and I certainly thought there was some mysterious voodoo surrounding the stock market. Fear holds many of […]

Recent Dividend Increases


As a dividend growth investor, one of the primary objectives I seek is passive dividend income from my investments that increases over the rate of inflation, annually. It’s always wonderful news when companies decide to reward loyal long-term shareholders with a dividend raise. Some recent dividend increases include: ConocoPhillips (COP) raised its dividend today by […]

Income/Expenses For June 2013


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 2013: $3,644–Regular Paycheck$553–Dividend Income$321–Online Income/Bonus Total Income: $4,519 Expenses from June 2013: $522–Rent$189–Student Loans$130–Health $127–Fast Food/Pizza/Takeout$109–Groceries$45–Restaurants$22–Public Transportation$37–Pharmacy$40–Mobile Phone$30–Gym$10–Fuel$332–Everything […]

Dividend Income Update – June 2013


Another month has passed by, and it’s time for me to post an article on my favorite subject: dividend income. The reason why I love to post articles on dividend income is because it’s pure numbers. It’s hard to argue the success of long-term dividend growth investing when you can slowly and surely see dividend […]