Wills, Probate, and Executors: Thirteen-Step Guide To Estate Administration

For the second podcast, I have prepared a thirteen step overview of settling an estate in case you ever get asked to be someone’s executor of estate (or, if your prefer the modern term, personal representative). The probate process is a creature of state law that is mostly governed by each state’s statute, so it’s not an exaggeration to say that every state is different–the steps of administering an estate in California will have way different requirements than Texas. Still, there are general steps that are generally followed in all states, and I provided a twenty minute overview of what the process entails if you’re interested in getting the lay of the land for administering someone’s estate.

I’m excited about launching these new podcasts through Youtube because it gives me a chance to cover a lot of topics that I probably wouldn’t get to if I stuck with the written … Read the rest of this article!

Value Investing With Growth Stocks

I created a Youtube channel titled “The Conservative Income Investor” to post short videos that will supplement the written content for the site.

For the inaugural edition, I discuss how the duty of the investor is to find the best risk-adjusted investment opportunity that is presently available to you, even if the stock you are analyzing previously traded at a more attractive entry point.

I use Nike as an example. Between 2005 and 2007, the valuation of Nike stock climbed from 15-16x earnings to 23x earnings. A lot of people probably stayed away from the stock on valuation concerns. And yet, even if you purchased a block of Nike stock on the eve of the recession at the absolute highest price in 2007, you still went on to compound at a nearly 16% annual rate.

The primary question should be: What is the most attractive investment I can make today … Read the rest of this article!

General Electric Stock: $50 Within Five Years

It was really fun for me to cover General Electric (GE) stock from the time I started finance writing in 2011 through 2014. Why? Because the price of the stock was in the mid teens, high teens, and low twenties. It was very easy to cover a business that was reporting high single digit earnings growth coming out of the recession and was in the process of ramping up its dividend that got reduced to $0.20 during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The recovery was happening right in front of investor’s eyes but a lot of people stayed away because GE’s first dividend cut since The Great Depression was the predominant factor on most people’s minds.

But as the earnings and dividends have climbed, and the 2009 cut has become a more distant memory, investors have been more willing to appraise General Electric as it is rather than as it was. … Read the rest of this article!

Les Brown: Motivational Speech On Self-Improvement

“Many of us never realize our greatness because we become sidetracked by secondary activity. We spread ourselves too thin–don’t know how to say no, and we find ourselves doing all kinds of things and never ever have time to do those things we have to do to work on ourselves. And then there goes a second. There goes another second. And another second. And we can’t stop and hold time. And boom, there goes another second–and before you know it, you wake up one day and you’re behind on your dreams.”

Les Brown is one of my all-time favorite motivational speakers, and I highly recommend that you watch this energetic speech on: (1) standing up to yourself to make a deliberate effort to narrow the gap between who you are and what you can be; (2) improving the internal monologue that you carry with you throughout the day; and (3) … Read the rest of this article!

Chevron Stock In The Short-Term: Making Money Without Anyone Realizing It

At the start of 2014, Chevron stock traded at $114 per share. The price of oil was at $107 per barrel. The oil company was earning over $10 per share in profits, and was on target to pay $4.21 per share in dividends.

As you know, this was the eve of a multi-year decline in the price of oil that saw commodity prices fall from that $107 per barrel mark to a low of $27 which has since rebounded to the $50 range. At current prices, the earnings at Chevron ought to come in somewhere between the $4 and $5 mark, basically enough to cover the $4.28 per share dividend commitment but not much else.

During this time frame, investors have seen the price of Chevron stock fall 40% to a low of $69.58 on August 24th, and watched as upstream peer Conoco cut its own dividend by 66%. The … Read the rest of this article!