March 2019 Dividend Income And Expenses

Wow, what a difference a month makes!  This time last month, the Tako family was buried under a veritable mountain of snow.  Now, one month later, spring has definitely sprung.

Temperatures are warmer, and there’s more natural light due to the annual daylight savings time shift.  This has made a huge difference in how much daylight we have, and I find myself itching to get yard-work done and prep the bbq for grilling season…

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Defensive Stocks: A Investing Strategy For Mr. Market’s Bad Mood

Once upon a time and not so long ago, I told a fairy-tale about Low Beta investing.  It’s one of those great investing fairy tales backed up by plenty of research which attracted lots of attention and money.  When I looked at the actual results of the strategy, it didn’t fair so well.  It made for a good bedtime story however.

Fortunately, there’s plenty more investing bed-time stories where that came from!  Today we’re going to look at one of the classics — a equity investing strategy used to protect the investor during recessions and other market downturns…

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The Obvious Mistakes

Simple, yet profound.  The longer I live and the (hopefully) wiser I become, the more I realize that the most of the important concepts in life boil down to just a few simple ideas.  Simple, yet very very important.

Ideas like, “Spend less than you make”, “Optimize for the common case” or “Invest for the long term by buying and holding”.  These are exceedingly simple concepts… yet when they’re practiced for an entire lifetime these ideas can lead to incredible financial success.

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Low Beta Investing: The Anomaly of Lower Risk And Greater Returns

Greater risk means greater rewards.  That’s the mantra we’ll taught about stock market investing.  Take the risk of investing in the stock market and you could lose money… but you might also make considerably more than you would in a bank account, or money market fund.

“Without risk there is no reward.”

That’s the story we’re told as newbie investors anyway…

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Is The Internet Causing The World To Become More Faddish?

Unique thinking has always been something of a rarity among the human race.  Humans are social creatures that like to fit in.  We love to talk, tell stories, share ideas, and even copy some of the best ideas.  We also tend to follow the people we believe to be authorities.

This behavioral tendency leads to fads and faddish behavior.  Take for example Tulip-mania…

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Lessons On Investing: Kraft-Heinz

Last time I wrote one of these “Lessons On Investing” posts, the chosen stock was a HUGE success.  It was one of those successes that everyone dreams about investing in.  The kind that make you rich.  I still criticize myself for not investing in the company 20 years ago.  That company was Apple, Inc.

Investing successes are great of course, but we can also learn from investing failures.  Some people even say you learn more from failures than you do from successes…

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Not So Hardcore…

If you spend any time reading this blog (or other financial independence blogs), you might begin to develop something of a false impressions about this whole financial independence thing — specifically that we’re really hardcore people.  Extremists.

Occasionally I get emails from people saying, “It’s great what you’ve achieved, but you’re so hardcore I could never do that…”

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