Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I Still Think Waterboarding Is A Better Idea

Since everyone seems to have such a big problem with getting life saving information out of terrorists (who have no problem sawing people's heads off with kitchen knives) through a harmless interrogation method, waterboarding, I guess we could try this:


What do you think? Not so much?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dividend Dreaming

Since mentioning in my last post about my forex trading that I'm thinking it's time to start moving some gains from that account into other investments, building a new dividend stock and bond portfolio is on my mind. I'm thinking 50/50 between the two asset classes and a set amount invested each month. I'm not sure yet if I want dividends to automatically reinvest or if I will take those as cash so I can direct them to what I consider better opportunities.

When it comes to bonds, I tend to stick to high yield stuff. One favorite of mine, HYB, is my usual pick. In my experience, this type of bond fund tracks the movements of stocks fairly closely, so you don't really get the stability that people usually buy bond funds for. However, these guys have been paying an uninterrupted dividend for 20+ years, and for as long as I've been aware of HYB (about five years now), it has been a consistent amount every month. So even though the fund may fluctuate in value quite a bit, it pays out a steady stream of cash that I can hold in the account to provide some stability (not to mention having more cash on hand to invest in opportunities that come up).

For the stocks, I want dividend payers. Specifically, I'm looking to select them from the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats list. The reason I'm focusing on those is that, amongst other things, the companies on that list must have at least a 25 year track record of uninterrupted dividend payments.

What I lack at this point in time though is a tool for determining which companies on that list have the highest rate of dividend growth. Some may have a higher relative yield right now, but I want the income from this portfolio to grow, so it's the companies that are actually making that happen that I'm truly interested in.

If anyone reading this knows of such a resource, please let me know!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Search Engine Queeries

Here's a new topic for my blog: the strange search engine queries that bring people here. Hence the play on words in the title, "Search Engine Queeries," because they're odd hits.

I got the idea to start posting these when I saw yet another search for today's example appear in my visitor tracking log. So then...

Search string: Death by helium

Reason it landed here: I post stuff from time to time on a site called Helium, the name of which I've included in post titles and tags as well as in the bodies of the related posts themselves. I earn a little money on Helium every month from the articles I've written and submitted, so when I've written something here that would fit well with the sort of content that is generally accepted on Helium, I duplicate it over there to increase my earnings on the piece in question. Sometimes my Pay Per Post articles work well as Helium submissions, so I make money through Pay Per Post, then earn residuals on the same work through Helium.

The article I wrote that seems to be behind this Search Engine Queery is one that is an argument in favor of the death penalty. Since I posted it to this blog with "Helium" in the title, and because "death" is also part of the title, it comes up when searching for "death by helium." You can check out the article by clicking here.

Now... I wonder who the people are that have been killing themselves with helium gas, because I've actually seen this search come in quite a bit lately.

Also, when they die, do they sound like shrieking munchkins?

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