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How Do You Know When You Have Good Debt or Bad Debt?

Remember when pundits suggested the way to get rich quick was to use “Other People’s Money” (OPM)? They pointed to real estate empires and stock market success resulting from investors leveraging debt to accumulate wealth. It’s not as easy as it sounds. I moved to Atlanta during the cable TV boom. Several friends worked for […]

3 Stocks Taking Off From Trump’s Tax Cuts

3 Stocks Taking Off From Trump’s Tax Cuts

The cut in the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% is supposed to do everything from juicing the U.S. economy to levels not seen in decades to enriching both shareholders and consumers alike. But the reality is likely to be quite different. The first thing it will bring is a muddied fourth quarter […]

3 High Yield REITs to Grow From Interest Rate Increases

3 High Yield REITs to Grow From Interest Rate Increases

Share values of real estate investment trust (REIT) companies have been dropping since the Fed announced its last Fed Funds Target Rate increase on December 13. The Fed started raising interest rates in quarter percent increments in December 2015. Each of the four rate increase announcements has been accompanied by a pull back in REIT […]

This Energy Trade Could Post Triple-Digit Gains

This Energy Trade Could Post Triple-Digit Gains

Investors often try to figure out themes in the financial markets once a new trading year hits.  2017 was all about low volatility, cryptocurrencies, and tax reform.  With tax reform out of the way, we still have low volatility and cryptocurrencies/blockchain tech on the board.  What else could be in store? Obviously, the jury’s still […]

Buy These 3 REITs for High Yield and Tax Breaks

Buy These 3 REITs for High Yield and Tax Breaks

Before the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act qualified dividends paid by corporations had a perceived tax advantage over fully taxable dividends paid by pass-through businesses like real estate investment trusts (REITs). The new tax law levels the tax playing field for REIT dividends, putting the advantage for investors even more in the […]

3 Winning Tech Stocks from the Consumer Electronics Show

3 Winning Tech Stocks from the Consumer Electronics Show

It’s always interesting to see what technologies are highlighted at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. I use it, and so should you, as an insight into the next possible investable technology trends. After all, the U.S. consumer electronics industry’s revenues in 2018 are expected to come in at about $351 billion […]

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Should You Pay Off The Mortgage?

I’m frequently asked about paying off a home mortgage. I tell everyone, “It depends!”. I asked that same question. A friend said his CPA was emphatic that one should not pay off their mortgage. He arranged a meeting where the three of us could talk. The CPA asked about the interest rate; 6% at the […]

Safety, Income, Growth… And a Compelling Comeback Story

Safety, Income, Growth… And a Compelling Comeback Story

With 2018 just over a week old, many investors will have set about rebalancing their portfolios for the year. Don’t worry… this isn’t another asset allocation article that you can find anywhere. Everyone knows you should have a mix of stocks, bonds, precious metals, and cash. The weighting of each class is largely determined by […]