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Benefits of Dividends

by Luke Landes

Jeremy Siegel talks about the virtues of owning dividend-paying stocks in a bear market. Those dividends (if reinvested) buy more and more stock as a company’s stock price declines. When the stock price rebounds, those extra shares-from-dividends act as “return accelerators,” leaving you in a much better position than where you started, even if the ... Continue reading this article…

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Tracking Restricted Stock in Quicken

by Luke Landes

As I mentioned earlier today, employees in my company have been granted restricted stock, vesting in three years. I decided to do some research to try to determine how to track the value in Quicken, which I use for tracking my personal finances. From what I can tell through some Google research, you don’t track ... Continue reading this article…

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Company-Wide Bonus

by Luke Landes

The CEO of my company announced today that the board approved a special bonus payment. All full-time employees will be granted about $2,000 worth of restricted stock units, which will vest on March 14, 2009. On that date, each unit will convert to a share of stock and will be available to sell. It’s not ... Continue reading this article…

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The Future Is Grim: Ben Stein

by Luke Landes

Here’s more for those concerned about costs in retirement: Baby Boomer Ben Stein is warning us that standards of living are set to take a huge dive not long from now. Here’s the health care example: Look at it this way: Think of the most crowded freeway you’re on every day. Imagine what it’ll be ... Continue reading this article…

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Pay Increase Details

by Luke Landes

I mentioned in the notes for my latest balance sheet that I’ve received my yearly raise and bonus. Here are some details. My bonus appears in today’s paycheck. My “2005 Annual Incentive Award” amounts to $2,848, or 7.18 percent of my 2005 base salary. Note than I am a “non-exempt” employee and I get paid for ... Continue reading this article…

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Worrisome Market

by Luke Landes

I recently increased my pre-tax 401(k) contribution from 4 percent to 6 percent. It’s not a huge jump, and my company only matches that first 4 percent, but I feel like I didn’t save as much for retirement last year as I would have liked. My first paycheck with the increased contribution will be this Friday. I’m realizing ... Continue reading this article…

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Honda Hybrid at $10,000

by Luke Landes

According to the Japan Stock Blog (the original source is in Japanese), Honda is developing a low-cost hybrid vehicle. In 2007, it should be the first in the market in the $10,000 range. This sounds like a great move if the price of gasoline remains hgh. The questions will be about quality and traveling distance. ... Continue reading this article…

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Open Trading Window, Increased Contribution

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, the trading window opened for my company stock, so I decided to take the opportunity to increase my 401(k) contribution. Even though raising my contribution from 4 percent to 6 percent of my salary doesn’t affect company stock (employer matching contributions, which are half invested in company stock, half invested following my allocation rules) as the ... Continue reading this article…

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