The Path To Stock Ownership Has Never Been Easier


When Benjamin Franklin was asked to name his “greatest fear” for the future of America, he stated that America was such a resource-rich country in the midst of creating unprecedented prosperity that life could potentially become too easy, and the “ethic” and “virtue” of America would be wiped away by unearned riches. When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America, he echoed similar thoughts by prophesizing that Americans may one day lose sight of the toils and struggles it took to put together the kind of economic engine that the world had never seen before.

As a history major back in the day, those reflections came to mind when I read this recent article from … Read the rest of this article!

Stock Prices Are Not Always Right


I recently came across an article memorializing the Facebook initial public offering that happened a year ago this month, and I wanted to share a story with you that provides perhaps the cleanest illustration of why I do not try to predict the prices of particular stocks over the short-term (and, in many cases, even the medium term).

This time last year, I was a senior in college at Washington & Lee. Because of a legacy scheduling quirk called “Spring Option”, seniors do not have to take any classes during a special four-week trimester that comes at the end of the academic year if they have already completed all of their credits necessary … Read the rest of this article!

The Transformative Moment of My Investing Life


Today, I wanted to share with you a moment in my life that “changed everything” regarding how I view investing. For those of you who follow my writings about dividend stocks, it might make sense to give you some context on “where I’m coming from” with my articles.

The summer after I completed my freshman year of college at Washington & Lee, I went to stay with one of my friends for a couple days to hang out before I had to start working (that summer, I was a teaching assistant for a program that taught Reading and Math to students from the inner city of St. Louis, and … Read the rest of this article!