Sunday, June 23, 2019

9 Ways to Get Out of Debt Faster

Debt is an amount of money borrowed by an individual from another party. Many people use debt as a method of making large purchases that they could not afford by paying interest on them. Many get into huge debts and getting out of it can be frustrating and confusing experience if you don’t have the right plan. Some people simply try to avoid these issues and ignore the problems they are already in. However, if these debt issues are not dealt with, it will only escalate the problem much further. This can lead destroying your financial dream. With debt, it will be impossible for you to be financially ahead to achieve early retirement. Before you want to build wealth through your investment, you’ll need to tackle those debts you acquire. So what are ways to get out debt faster?

Difference Between Investment and Speculation

There are many people who purchase stocks thinking they are making an investment and not knowing they are actually speculating. They buy certain stocks with just certain assumption that the stock will go up in price without doing a thorough analysis. And yes, some people actually do make capital gain from speculating and sometimes they made a lot of money. That is what we call speculating. The person who made tons of money from speculating on certain securities might just be lucky. However people need to know the difference because Investing and Speculating. Those two are totally different terms. Benjamin Graham who is Warren Buffett’s mentor believed in separating investing from speculation. I strongly agree with that ideology because not knowing the difference can cost you dearly. In this article, I want to talk about the difference between Investing and Speculating, and why I personally dislike speculating and prefer Investing instead.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

How to Make Money Using Dividend Growth Investing Strategy

Before I start explaining about “Dividend Growth Investing”, we need to understand the basic of dividends. A dividend is a distribution of income from a portion of company’s earning (net profit) and it’s paid to its shareholders. Dividends are decided and managed by the company’s board of directors, and they must be approved by the shareholders by voting rights. Dividend Growth Investing is a simple strategy of purchasing stocks that are paying dividends and have been growing their dividends from the past year. A Dividend Growth Investor also can benefit from the capital appreciation from the dividend paying stock. The goal is to look for dividend paying companies that have strong track record of paying dividends. In addition, the companies need to have strong financial fundamental as well as the quality of the company. The strategy to Dividend Growth Investing is to seek for companies that increase their dividend payment overtime. So how do you make money using dividend growth investing strategy?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

How Inflation Affect On Consumers and How Can You Protect Your Money Now

Plenty of us have our older generation telling us that how things used to be cheaper back in their days, and how thing are more expensive now. For example in 1908, a Hershey’s chocolate bar cost only 2 cents, while the same chocolate bar cost $1.34 at your local store. Inflation is the increase in price of goods and services over a period of time. Inflation impacts all of us as consumer, what inflation does is, it devalue our currencies. So over a long term period of time, if you are not managing your wealth properly, inflation can eventually eat up the value of your money. So how inflation affect us as consumer and how to protect our money now?

How Your New Car is Making You Poor

Since the booming Automotive Industry in early the 1950s, cars have become an integral part of our society. Buying a brand new car could usually symbolize success or achievement in life. Car companies spend billions of dollars on car advertising each year to attract new consumers, and that number is rising every year. Most new car purchasers believe that buying a new car could give them the reliability and the luxury. It feels good when others such as friends and families know that you bought a brand new car, and of course it feels better to actually drive a brand new car. I’m not against people buying new car. I myself prefer brand new cars over used one, however, if you are not financially stable, your brand new car can actually cost your future financial freedom and security. Let’s what your brand new car is really costing you.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

How Credit Card & Its Debt Can Ruin Your Financial Life

Getting credit cards is really simple and accessible able in today’s generation. Even the younger generation who just enter college have easy access to credit cards (Those credit card companies want to take advantage of the unexperienced youngster). Those credit card companies don’t have your best interest in mind. After all, they are in this business to make profit. I have to admit having a credit card can be an incredible tool such as building credit, cash back rewards, and point rewards that can be used for traveling and souvenir exchange. But the question is, do anyone know that getting into credit card debt can actually ruin your financial life. I’m talking about digging yourself into really deep hole and unable to get out from the financial mess. I believe how you handle your credit now can have huge ratification on your financial future. If you don’t use it wisely, you are going to be stuck in the vicious cycle for the rest of your life. I wrote this article hoping people will not entangle in this financial situation. I don’t want people to realize this problem later on in life when it’s too late. So how credit card and its debt can ruin your life?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Turning Bear Market Into 'Buying Opportunities'

A Bear market is a market condition in which the prices of securities are falling due to widespread pessimism that causes the negative sentiment. During this time, many speculators and investors rush to sell their positions worrying that they will lose their portfolio value. Since there are more seller than buyer in the market, the pessimism only grows stronger which will eventually lead to a huge stock decline. Many people were told to stay out of the market during this time or maybe to sell all their positions in certain companies (I did this before and I regret it till now). However, you may be surprise to find out that you don’t need upward trend market to make money in the stock market. As for me who is a dividend growth and value investor, I tend to see things with long time horizons and see the bear market condition differently than most investors out there. You will see many great quality dividend growth companies trading at cheaper price. As a value investor, I tend to focus more on the quality of the business rather than the short-term or near-future share price. You shouldn’t be scared that the stock price has decline tremendously, in fact you should embrace it. I focus more on the quality of the business rather than the short-term or near-future share price. And knowing the quality of business, I use the bear market condition as an opportunity to purchase great companies. So what’s the reason behind it!