Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Having a stock watchlist can help you become a better investor

What is a stock watchlist?

Stock watchlist is simply a list of stocks that one wants to buy when the conditions are right. Buy conditions can be triggered by a short-term company issue or industry specific downturn, but many times they can also be triggered by a broader market correction.

My watchlist contains stocks that I've already researched and interested in buying at sometime in the future when they are trading at the right valuation or price.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Which department store stock should I buy?

A value investor is always looking for bargain stocks to buy. With the US stock market trading at a P/E of around 22, it's hard to find cheap good quality stocks.

However, if you have been paying attention to the retail business environment, you may have noticed that retail industry is not doing so well as more and more stores are closing their doors and have been reporting dwindling sales for the past several quarters.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How do you define a high quality stock investment?

At least for me, a high quality stock investment is the one that exhibits the following three qualities:

1. High Quality Financials
2. High Dividend
3. High Dividend Growth

I'm a value and dividend growth investor which means I only invest in stocks of companies that are of high quality and pay a growing dividend.

You may ask why I only invest in dividend paying stocks?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Why I Never Answer Calls from Investment Advisors

I got another call yesterday from one of the investment consultants at a brokerage firm that I have an account with. They seem to be calling me quite a bit lately. It seems almost every week I get a call from these financial experts across all three of my brokerage accounts.

They leave a message for me to call them back, but I never call them back. Normally, their message would be something like this:

Sunday, April 2, 2017

My First Quarterly Investment Report for the Year 2017

I like to do a comprehensive evaluation of my investments at the end of each quarter to track my investment returns including dividends and dividend growth and all the buy/sell transactions I made during the quarter.

I also look back at any changes/improvements I may have made to my investment tracking system which includes tools and investment guidelines.

Therefore, as the first quarter (Q1) of 2017 has just ended, it is time to review how my portfolio has performed and what improvements I've made to my investment tracking system.

Monday, March 20, 2017

My Personal Activity Happiness Tracking

They say true happiness is found in doing things that you enjoy the most and least time spent on things you dislike. So, I went on an exercise to see what daily chores or activities I like or dislike and how they rank on my happiness score.


Happiness Score of 10 - I love it!
Happiness Score of 1 - I would rather go back to work (unretire) than do this.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Where to find free stock research material for your investment needs

I've been somewhat lazy when it comes to updating my blog. Well they say, spend more time doing things where you get the most returns and less time on things that give least returns. Therefore, I spend more time on my investments and improving my health than on blogging. Nevertheless, I still like to keep my blog alive with occasional updates.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

10 Smart Ways Americans Save Money

I got the idea for this blog post from a recent article I read on MSN. It is called "6 really dumb ways Americans waste money", I have attached the link to it at the bottom of this post in case you want to read it.

I didn't quite like the negative tone of that article and how it was portraying us when it comes to money matters.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Better Way to Build a Bond Ladder

Investors often gripe with what to do with the uninvested cash sitting in their brokerage accounts earning next to nothing interest rate while waiting for a market correction. I've been feeling the similar blues as I do have some cash from recent sales of a few overvalued stocks that I would like to reinvest.

However, the market is quite overvalued and it's hard to find bargains. Therefore, I would like to find a good place to park my cash while I wait for a bargain or a correction to show up.

So what are the choices for parking cash and earning some interest?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

"Blogging" What's in it for me and you?

I started blogging about six months ago and after retiring early from my engineering job/career of 20 years. Since then, I have published about thirty nine different posts (including this one) covering personal finance, early retirement, and investing related topics.

As of today, my total page viewership is close to 12,000 pages from many different countries with majority from the US, Canada, and Israel. It's not too bad for a readership and a fair return for the amount of effort.

I don't actively promote my blog other than occasionally commenting on other early retirement or investment blogs. You will also not see any ads or affiliate links on my site. It is not my intention to make money from this blog despite being "Mr. All Things Money". I will explain later why I chose this name for my blog.

Blogging is mainly a hobby for me, I don't see it as anything more. It's just a way for me to pass some free time while practicing writing skills and sharing my investment ideas and analysis. I do enjoy blogging to some extent but would not call it a passion.