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Harris Corp (HRS) Dividend Stock Analysis

Harris Corp (HRS) Dividend Stock Analysis

Harris Corp (HRS) is an international communications and information technology company. The company operates in three segments: RF Communications, Integrated Network Solutions, and Government Communications Systems. The RF Communications segment supplies secure tactical radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government, and commercial customers, as well as secure communications systems and equipment for public safety, utility, and transportation customers. This segment designs, develops, and manufactures a line of secure radio communications products and systems … Read entire article »

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Weekend Link Love

So apparently a bunch of high profile personal finance bloggers spent a bunch of money to go to an elite blogging retreat.  Then blogged about how awesome it was.  News Flash!  Expensive vacations in exotic places are usually awesome (unless you’re the unfortunate person who contracts one of those exotic diseases).  Some other bloggers probably got married and spent a ton of money on it.  That seems to be common these days.  Also, at least 12,000 posts were written about how to save pennies on something or other. If you’d rather not waste your time, read the below.  Your net worth will thank you. … Read entire article »

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How Wage, Ordinary, and Qualified Income Are Taxed

How Wage, Ordinary, and Qualified Income Are Taxed

Writing up my previous post on federal income and investment taxes was so enjoyable that I thought it would be fun to delve even further into the hellacious nightmare that is the US Federal tax system.  Specifically, we’re going to learn all about the standard deduction, about how being married affects your take home pay, and most importantly -  the difference between marginal and effective tax rates.  And just for good measure, we’re going to … Read entire article »

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Target (TGT) Dividend Stock Analysis

Target (TGT) Dividend Stock Analysis

Target (T) is a major retailer with approximately 1,800 stores across the US and Canada.  Target stores generally cater to middle- and upper-income consumers, carrying a broad assortment of fashion apparel, electronics, home furnishings, household products and other general merchandise. Super-Target stores  also carry a full line of groceries. CityTargets are slightly smaller and tailored toward urban markets.  Target also offers a credit card to qualified customers.  Target has been aggressively building new stores and working to increase … Read entire article »

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Weekend Link Love

Another week, more links.  Read the below and consider yourself a bit more educated about investing and finance. … Read entire article »

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Tracking Forward Dividend Payments

Tracking Forward Dividend Payments

In the past I have written about how I am tracking the growth of my investment portfolio as a whole over time.  Total returns are great, however as a dividend investor there is another metric that I need to be concerned about – namely dividends.  As I’ve mentioned before, it is my desire to build a large enough dividend stream that can cover all of my basic expenses.  Once that happens, I’ve achieved financial independence. … Read entire article »

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AT&T (T) Dividend Stock Analysis

AT&T (T) Dividend Stock Analysis

AT&T (T) provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers in the United States and internationally.  AT&T has three main business segments.  1) Wireless, which includes local voice and data services and roaming services.  It also includes the sale of handsets, wireless data cards for PCs, and other accessories. 2) Wireline includes land line phone service, dial-up internet, broadband services, and U-verse (T’s fiber optic service). And the aptly named 3) Other business segment … Read entire article »

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Weekend Link Love

Another light week for linkage.  I’m guessing most people are trying to get some last minute summer vacation time in.  Regardless, here’s my recommended reading for this weekend. … Read entire article »

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A Brief Primer on Business Development Companies (BDC) Part 1: What are BDCs and why should you invest in them?

A Brief Primer on Business Development Companies (BDC) Part 1:  What are BDCs and why should you invest in them?

Business development companies (BDCs) are companies that specialize in investing in private companies – similar to how private equity or venture capital investors operate.  BDCs make loans and often take ownership stakes in their client companies and supply managerial assistance.  When the client company makes money, the BDC makes money.  Investing in BDCs can be a great way to dip into the exciting venture capital world without having to become an accredited investor and pony … Read entire article »

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Portfolio Status: September 2013

Portfolio Status: September 2013

Continuing with my goal of financial transparency, I’m posting my portfolio as it is at the beginning of September of 2013. … Read entire article »

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