Short Term Madness Vs. Long Term Winners

“Making sense of market volatility.”  This was the subject of an email I found in my Inbox on Friday afternoon.  “What’s all this?” I wondered.   Schwab was sending out emails to investors in order to soothe fears stoked by the madness and volatility in heavily shorted stocks last week.

Last week was crazy-town.  A few select stocks rose or fell by over 100% in a single day!   The volatility was extreme, and trading volumes were through the roof.  Blood was in the water…

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Earnings Calls: The Secret Stock Information Hidden In Plain Sight

It’s that time again — it’s Earnings Season!  What’s Earnings Season you ask?  Earnings Season is the time when publicly traded corporations announce their earnings (or losses) in the prior quarter.

It happens like clockwork, four times a year, and the reported results tend to move markets… sometime wildly.  Take for example Netflix’s recent meteoric 13% climb last week…

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Growing Passive Income In 2021

Living off passive income is a bit like spotting a snow leopard in the wild.  Snow leopards are (of course) one of the most rare and elusive creatures on the planet.  They live in the Himalayas at significant altitude (9,800 to 14,800 ft), and it’s estimated there’s less than 10,000 of these extremely rare cats alive today.

Seeing a snow leopard in the wild is exceedingly difficult.  Hardly anyone ever sees them.  Naturalists can spend months in the Himalayas looking, and never actually see one.  Despite this fabled difficulty, it is actually possible to see a snow leopard in the wild…

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December 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

Happy New Year!  It’s no secret that I’ve had this blog on ‘pause’ for the past few weeks.  I took some time off from writing to enjoy the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with the family.  It’s been fun.  I’ve spent a lot of time with the kids, playing board games, and ‘helping’ them test out their new toys.  There’s also been plenty of socializing (virtually) with friends and family over Zoom. 

It’s certainly been a very different Holiday season (to say the least), but we still managed to have a good one!

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A Hope And A Dream

With 2020 nearly wrapped up, I think we can all agree it’s been a very difficult year.  As the old saying goes, “The only constant in life is change”, and that was certainly true in 2020!  The world is a constantly changing place… this year especially!

Despite 2020 being one of the worst years economically in recent memory, the stock market was actually up in 2020.  Which seems a bit strange at first…

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November 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

If I’m being perfectly honest, November is really NOT my favorite month.  Where we live in the Pacific Northwest, November tends to be extremely wet, cold and dark.  This is usually not very conducive to a positive mental attitude.  With only the Thanksgiving holiday, there aren’t even many holiday’s to look forward to in November.

This November was especially difficult, because like many other people we mostly stayed home due to the pandemic.  I was feeling a little down to be quite frank…

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