Results: 2017 Top Investment Picks

As we ring out the year 2017, its time to look back and evaluate some of our investment picks/decisions. At the end of 2016, I reached out to the investing community and asked them to pick one investment security as their top pick for the year 2017. Plenty of folks responded and I was happy to compile the list and track them over the year.  The original post & quarterly updates can be found here. It is always interesting to see what everyone was thinking a year ago and how the picks played out over the year.

Again, I would like to remind readers that this was meant to simply be a fun exercise and should not be considered investment advise. Please do your own research before investing in any securities.

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Recent Sell – CHV

A recent sale in my portfolio capturing some significant gains and booking profits.

The recent run-up in Marijuana stocks has been a sight to behold. Investors seem to be in a FOMO frenzy, whether purely an excitement and positioning for the legalization or recreational use of marijuana in Canada come summer 2018, or a Santa Clause rally, or year-end window dressing by institutions…it’s hard to tell. However, when the market offers such spectacular returns in a short amount of time, I remain skeptical of whether this momentum will hold. See the following chart of the Marijuana Index and the returns in the last few weeks/months.

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Consider These 7 Tips When Shopping for Automobile Insurance

The following is a guest post.

Many families are struggling in today’s economy, and your family may very well be one of them. If you are at the end of your rope as you try to shave even more dollars off your family’s budget, take a moment to look at your insurance line item. Were you shocked when you saw the monthly total? Many people are. Insurance coverage is expensive, but it is also necessary. If you have had the same automobile policy for years, it’s time to see about cutting the cost using these seven tips.

1. Shop Around

Even if you are happy with your automobile insurance company and the coverage it provides, shop around. According to the Insurance Information Institute, “prices differ from company to company,” and it may be time to say “Sayonara” to your old carrier. Find out who covers your family, friends, and work colleagues’ automobiles, and contact the companies to see if they can give you better rates.

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Top Investment Picks Contest for 2018

Hi all,

I am compiling a list of top investment picks from the investing community. There is no prize, except bragging rights 😉 As usual, this is meant to be a fun exercise to capture our collective ideas.

You can follow previous year’s picks here.

I have reached out privately to some of the people I regularly interact with, but if you haven’t heard from me, and would like to participate, please get in touch with me and I will add your entry. Be sure to include

  1. Your (blog) name
  2. Your top investment pick for 2018
  3. Reason why you think the pick is the best asset to invest in.

You can pick any asset you like – a stock, bond, commodity, a cryptocurrency etc. Please get your picks in before Dec 31. I will compile the list and post it on the blog in early January.

Best Regards,
R2R

Top Dividend Raises & Cuts for November 2017

Dividend growth investing is a popular model followed by the investing community to build assets. Companies which not only pay dividends, but raise them year after year have been shown to perform better overall for investor returns. On the flip side, it is also important to keep an eye on the dividend cuts, which could signal troubling times ahead for a company. This post captures the announcements of changes in dividend amount for the week – both increases and cuts.

Note that only $2B+ (Midcap+) companies are included in this list.

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