March 2020 Drop in the Markets

So far it’s not been a good March in 2020.  Okay, so perhaps that is an understatement.  Headlines continue to push the news that the “Markets” are dropping huge numbers such as the 3/9 2000+ point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average — which is the largest point drop in the history of this […]

Delaware AAII Investing SIG February 2020 Report

Let’s see how our paper portfolio did this past month.

With the market peaking, several of our stocks exceeded their goal, but then had dropped back down below that by the time of our meeting. The result was that we didn’t have any decisions to make at that point. We did have Microsoft (MSFT) pay a dividend, but that was it.

Delaware AAII Investing SIG January 2020 Report

One of the fun things we do at our meetings is have a presentation on a topic of interest to the group.  This month, member Andrew gave a presentation on what he called “Friendly Investing”.  He takes the interesting view of stocks as though they are your friends.  First you check them out a bit […]

Market Review and Status — End of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, let’s take a look at the year in review and see what my cracked crystal ball has to say for 2020. As you may recall the end of 2018 started out quite scary with a large drop in the market in October, down again in November and then a […]

Delaware AAII Investing SIG December 2019 Report

One of the areas of investing I’ve become involved with over the past year and a half has been an AAII (American Association of Individual Investors) special interest group that meets very close by.  Many of the AAII activities are much further away (1/2 hour to 1+ hours with traffic), so when they started a […]

Market Review and Status — End of 2018

2018 turned out to be a really wild year with the year starting out with drops in January and March that looked like the “end was near” but then came back and continued upward. By August the markets were up quite a bit for the year and it was looking like it was going to […]

Market Review and Status – End of 2017

This occasional review is probably a dangerous thing for me, but something I’ve wanted to do for a while.  It is dangerous because you and I will be able to read the archives and see how I did from a hindsight perspective that I do not have as I write them.  So if you’re willing […]

Some Investment Education History

As I built the web pages for the Finance section of this site as part of it relaunch, I realized that I wanted to put much more into the description of how I got my financial education.  Here is a brief history of my investment education. My education really started when I was in elementary […]

When Life Gets Complicated (Part 2)

In the last blog entry, I discussed how things we consider to be rather simple tasks can become more complicated as we age. Also mentioned was how additional home services can handle these tasks and allow someone to continue to live in their home rather than moving into a care facility, which is cheaper overall. […]

Your company CEO gets paid too much

If you are an investor who owns stocks in your portfolio, your company board of directors may be doing you a disservice by paying the CEO too much. According to this article in the American Association of Individual Investors website, the company returns for CEOs that get paid in the upper tiers are much less […]