List Of Debt-Free S&P 500 Companies

  How much debt is on the balance sheet? That’s one of the first questions I answer when I’m evaluating a stock. Companies borrow money for a myriad of reasons including to launch business lines, fund acquisitions, fund operations, and sometimes to fund distributions to shareholders. Smart MBAs sit in office suites and perform elaborate spreadsheet […]

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Not Everybody’s A Spreadsheet Wizard

Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve played the gridded sheet. From Lotus down to Excel, I know all embedded cheats. But I ain’t seen nothing like him, in any corporate suite… That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure types a mean spreadsheet! * Many RBD readers have an obsession with spreadsheets, often creating ridiculous ones at the office […]

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10 Stocks I Bought Last Quarter

The Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of June 30th, 2016 with the latest 10 stocks I’ve recently bought. This page outlines my portfolio of taxable investments and the income generated on a yearly and average monthly basis. Click here to access all previous portfolio updates. If you’re a first-time reader, I track my […]

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Revolt Against Fees!

Last week I received bad news about a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP) that I’ve invested in for the past two-plus years. Procter & Gamble (PG), the consumer products giant and popular Dividend Aristocrat, switched its stock transfer agent and raised fees. DRIP fees are the enemy of dividend growth investors. Those of us that track […]

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The Productivity Paradox Of Parenthood

We have three kids under age five. People cringe when I say that. Faced with the huge responsibility of raising children, you’d think that parents would be completely unproductive outside of parenting. Instead, many Moms and Dads consider themselves more productive after having a few kids. It’s kind of a productivity paradox for parenting. When I meet […]

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5 Truths About Traveling The World In Your 20s

Traveling was a top priority in my 20s. I visited more than 40 countries before turning 30, carrying with me a small Eagle Creek Backpackand no more than six pairs of underwear at any time. Now that I’m forty, I look back on my days of full-time travel through a different lens. I’ve realized some truths about […]

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