Trades – Lorillard, Inc. (LO) Purchase


With some strong downward pressure over the last few months due to the threat of menthol cigarettes being banned, Lorillard, Inc.’s (LO) stock price has not seen the same run-up in price that most of the market has experienced in 2013. As a result of this lack of run-up in price, I decided to … [Read more...]

Savings Accounts – Why DON’T You Have One?

Savings Accounts - Why Don't You Have One?

Nothing is more frustrating than the disappointing financial knowledge people here in the United States have when it comes to the basics. While it is easy to blame the ignorance of the individual, I believe this is more systematic than anything else. We have the poor combination of a terrible … [Read more...]

Aggressively Pursuing a Dream, the Roundup #4

03-09-13 Round up #4 - John Muir Trail

Wow, the days seem to be getting shorter, and the blogging more and more addicting (see Brick by Brick Investing’s article below). I hope everyone enjoyed their first full week of March! With warmer weather around the corner, I am really looking forward to getting outside and enjoying some physical … [Read more...]

Passive Income – February 2013 Update

February is in the bag so it’s time for my monthly passive income update. Things have picked up a little bit since my first month of tracking in January. Overall February was a pretty low month for passive income, but I anticipate this moving up as the year goes on. … [Read more...]

Trades – ONEOK Partners LP (OKS) Purchase

OKE Partners - Logo

Diversification be damned! Well, not really! However, with the markets on an absolute tear in 2013, especially in January, many of the stable, dividend growth stocks I would be looking to purchase have been priced above my preferred entry points. As such, I am forgoing some traditional investing … [Read more...]

Lending Club – February 2013 Update

Lending Club - Taxable

Each month, I plan on updating my Lending Club investments in both my taxable and Roth IRA accounts. In the last month, I have continued to invest my $10,000 rollover contribution in my IRA account and work to become fully invested in notes. … [Read more...]

Trades – Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) Purchase

Even with the markets having a record-breaking day, I pulled the trigger on a purchase of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI). I purchased 55 shares for $2,060.85, including transaction fees, giving me a cost basis of $37.47 per share. This purchase gives me an additional $81.40 in annual dividends, … [Read more...]

Trades – INTC Put – Bought-to-Close

Over the last 10 days, Intel Corporation has seen some strong gains, gaining about $0.80, or just under 4%, during that time frame (including today). As a result, the January 18th, 2014 put I sold had dropped significantly in value affording me a too attractive opportunity to lock in some profits. I … [Read more...]

Aggressively Pursuing a Dream, the Roundup #3

John Muir Trail

March is here! And February was an incredible month! During February I was able to launch this blog, turned 28, and am starting to get into the rhythm of writing and investing! Hope your short month was just as successful! … [Read more...]

Lending Club – Tracking My Taxable Account

As I mentioned in my initial peer-to-peer lending post, my first Lending Club investment, a taxable account, was opened in the spring of 2009. Having held this investment for almost four years, I have recently been at a crossroads with what to do with this account. Last fall, I made the decision to … [Read more...]