Bert’s July Dividend Income Summary

Looking back, July was a pretty monumental month for me.  My daughter turned four months old, went to an in home daycare for the first time, Cleveland hosted the MLB All Star Game, and it was my birthday!   We talk about milestones on this website a lot.  Although it wasn’t an investing milestone, my birthday did represent another milestone that I won’t talk about.  But I am learning quickly that time does fly and things can happen with a blink of an eye.   That’s why today, I am going to reflect on the dividend income received last month.  Here is my July dividend income summary!

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5 Things Beginners Should Know Before Investing in the Stock Market

For a novice, beginning to invest in the stock market can be a little scary.While beginning investors are just looking at trends and hoping to start bringing in additional cash flow, investors with years of experience are being taken out these more harsh times.  Continue reading

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Shopkick Review – An Easy, Fun Way to Earn Gift Cards While Shopping

In our journey towards financial freedom, we are always looking for new ways to earn extra income or save a few dollars.  Heck, our financial freedom products page is full of apps, websites, and other platforms that will help you achieve this goal.  Today, we wanted to perform a detailed review over an app that we use on EVERY shopping trip.  Let’s learn about Shopkick, how to use the app, and some of our pros and cons.

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Bert’s Recent Purchase – AbbVie (ABBV)

On most occasions, us Diplomats are on the same page with stock purchases.  Since we are always sharing our thoughts, ideas, and analyses, chances are that if one Diplomat purchases a stock, there is a good chance the other one did as well.   This happened when the two of us initiated a position in ABBV in the fourth quarter and it happened once again in January when ABBV’s price fell through the floor.  Lanny wrote out his purchase of ABBV and WRK this week, and now it is my turn.  Here is why I added to ABBV!

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Combining My Health Savings Accounts and Adding Dividend Income Along the Way

There are always fun wrinkles when you change employers.  You cross your fingers and hope they have the same 401k brokerage, the same Health Savings Account provider, and same health insurance provider to make things easy.  Unfortunately for me, I struck out on all three.  After receiving my second HSA card in the mail a few months ago, I quickly became annoyed with having two accounts.  So I decided to look into this further and determine if I should keep two separate Health Savings Accounts or combine the two accounts.

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When is the Best Time to Invest in the Market?

The following is a guest post from one of our friends, discussing a topic that we haven’t written about too frequently on our website.  Sure, we screen stocks to identify undervalued dividend growth stocks.  But we haven’t covered identifying the best time to trade for both short-term and long-term investors.   Please see the following post to learn more!

The best time to invest in the market depends on many factors, such as your investment goals and time horizon. Naturally, investors and traders who have a shorter-term horizon can accumulate substantial losses if they invest their funds in bear markets and traditionally underperforming months.

On the other side, longer-term investors don’t have to worry about the best time to invest, as in the long-term, the time could be right now.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the best times to invest in the market both for short-term traders and long-term investors, and show you a few tricks that can help you decide what’s the best time to sell your investments. Continue reading

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