The purpose of this blog is to Make Your Money Work For You as opposed to the other way around. I will provide an overview and detailed analysis of various income paying investment types including Dividend Paying Stocks, Options, MLPs, REITs, Preferred Stocks, Mutual Funds, ETFs, Closed End Funds, and “Junk” Bonds. Interest rates are at record lows and correspondingly your savings accounts, CDs, money markets, etc. are probably paying you close to zero. The stock and bond markets do not have to be scary places accessible only to selected few affluent individuals, but can provide you with ways to enhance your income. Not all of the investment types discussed here pay dividends and income, but the majority will. Some of the topics will be very basic and the more complicated subjects such as options trading will require at least some previous knowledge about investing. To be fair and completely clear, all of the investment types I talk about can lose you money at some point. You need to find the balance between safety and risk that works for your individual circumstances and peace of mind. In the stock markets, there is no such thing as a risk-free return, and if somebody else is telling you otherwise you are being lied to.
Now, lets’ get started. If you go to the “Blog” section you will see a chronological list of all the posts. If you are interested only about specific investment types, then all you have to do is navigate to the appropriate menus.There are a lot of different investments you can utilize to generate income, some are fairly simple and some can get quite complicated. I have broken them down in seven different types and categorized them by appropriateness for different experience levels. There is nothing wrong with utilizing only the beginner investment types, after all we are dealing with your hard-earned money. Also, this is not meant to be an all-encompassing list and from time to time, you might come across an investment that doesn’t necessarily fit a particular box. If you click on each investment type, you will be sent to the very first blog entry for that particular type of security in which I explain some of the basics. I highly recommend that you start from there even if you have some basic familiarity with the investment type.
Investment Types by Experience Level
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So now a little bit about me… I am sure you want to know who is talking to you about your money. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Masters of Finance, and I am also a CFA Charterholder. CFA stands for Chartered Financial Analyst and the organization itself dates back to 1963. To earn the designation, I had to have four years of investment work experience, and more importantly pass three grueling exams. I can 100% honestly say that I love helping people make money, and hope that some of the things you learn from this blog help your money work for you. In addition to specific security analysis, I hope to provide you with tools you can utilize yourself.
And now for the short disclosure part. Nothing posted on this blog constitutes an investment advice. You need to do your own research before acting on any of the investment ideas discussed here. I can not guarantee that any positive returns on investments discussed here will be repeated in the future. There is also no tax advice provided anywhere on this blog. You need to consult with your own accountant.