Be The Investor You Wish Your Grandparents Could Have Been

How many of you wish that your grandpa bought $1,000 worth of General Electric stock during the Great Depression that would be generating $400,000+ in dividends today, allowing you to buy homes outright, fund children’s education by writing checks, and most importantly, inherit the “life infrastructure” that would allow you to dare to be great and pursue your dreams without making decisions based on scraping by and getting the bills paid.

Or maybe you wish your grandpa hid a couple hundred shares of AT&T stock certificates in the sock drawer sixty years ago so that you would be collecting over half a million dollars in annual dividends that you could use to jumpstart your own art museum that would allow you to have almost $150,000 coming your way every ninety days so that you could spend your life purchasing artwork around the world and sharing the beauty with others. That entire lifestyle could have been created *if* your grandmother or grandfather had the foresight to set aside some money that they would not interfere with, opting instead to let compounding work its magical touch.

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Originally posted 2013-07-31 06:45:34.

Why Altria Dominated After Divesting Kraft and Philip Morris

In 2008 and 2009, during the heat of the financial crisis, Altria sold off its real estate divisions, and then spun off Kraft to its existing shareholders, and followed this move with the subsequent divestiture of Philip Morris International.

It was an eyebrow-raising move because the 1970s tobacco executives believed that the sale of cigarettes would eventually come to an end in the United States, so the obvious response was to load up on food companies that would serve as a bridge of shareholder continuity when the tobacco music stopped (most notably, the old Philip Morris acquired Kraft and the the old Reynolds acquired Nabisco).

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Is Blue-Chip Dividend Investing Right For You?

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Yikes. Unfortunately I’ve been tending to some of my fun real-life summer plans the past couple of days, and I have not gotten a chance to set aside as much time for writing as I would like. Usually, I try to have my posts on autoset weeks in advance, but for some reason, the “hole” for July 30th was left unplugged.   And since I have been building some nice momentum in terms of page views lately, I wanted to put something out there today.

Anyway, long story short, I dug up an answer I gave in the “comments” section to one of my Seeking Alpha articles, and it is the most well received commented I have ever written, having registered over forty “likes” as of the last time I checked. I had received a question from a young twenty-something that was wondering how to approach investing now that he is cleared of his student loan debts, and here is the response I gave him. I hope you enjoy, and if not, I’ll get back to my regularly scheduled programming tomorrow:

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Originally posted 2013-07-30 11:50:07.

You Become A King When Your IRA Hits $150,000

One of my favorite quotes from famous UCLA basketball coach John Wooden is that it is not our performance in relation to others that counts, but rather, our performance in relation to our highest potential that matters in the end. I don’t think anyone wants to reach a point at the end of their lives when they realize that there is a large gap between who they are and who they could have been.

Whether we want it to be the case or not, money plays a big role in determining whether or not we can maximize our potential. After all, Walt Disney had to spend big chunks of time dealing with rejection while raising capital to build Disneyland, and all that time he spent begging for funds represents time he wasn’t able to spend doing what he loved by further developing characters like Mickey Mouse, Snow White, and Mary Poppins. Who knows, maybe he would have created more timeless characters back in the day if he did not have to spend his time worrying about the funding for his animation studios.

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Originally posted 2013-07-29 07:14:37.

Never Sell Your Intellectual Property

I recently visited the website of a graphic designer who was clearly very talented and had a portfolio of different logos, trademarks, and other artistic intellectual property that he had created on behalf of small and medium-sized businesses as well as for sports team and individuals in the entertainment world.

While his artistic talents were within the realm of what you would expect to see from a professional, what really impressed me is the pricing mechanism for his renderings. He charged a flat fee in cash, or an alternative arrangement available that was one-third cash and one-third stock. For instance, if he designed a Christmas decoration for Coca-Cola, then Coca-Cola could either pay him $3,000 or $1,000 in cash plus $1,000 in Coke stock.

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