Showing posts from March, 2020

March 2020 and Full Year 2020 Dividend Re-Forecast

Hey Guys,

One of my duties in my day job involves coming up with models for forecasting future cash flows based on various micro and macroeconomic assumptions.  Things like inflation rates, contracted sales, market statistics, etc.
I enjoy forecasting and trying to get my models to come close to actual numbers as possible.  This is really all an exercise in playing a guessing game as no one can predict the future, but you can take your best calculated guess.  I play a lot with my excel models to see how different assumptions lead to different results and coming up with various scenarios.

This has led me to take a similar approach when it comes to forecasting my dividend cash flow.  I do this because as I mentioned above, I find it assuming to see what the future will look like by playing around with some assumptions.  This also gives me an idea of where my dividend income will be based on my current investment pattern.

With the outbreak of Covid-19, many world economies are struggling…

How I made $26.56 in Cash Back without any Spending

Hey Guys,

Here to give you a break from all Coronavirus related news everywhere, to talk about earning extra cash back.

So the other day, I received my cheque in the mail from Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) and it was for $26.56.  What's so special about this?  It's because I didn't have to spend anything to get it (more on this later).

First, let's talk about what Rakuten is and how it works.

Rakuten is an online portal with a collection of shops such as Amazon, Dyson, Expedia, Dell, etc. and if you go to these sites using Rakuten, you earn cash-back on your spend.  Rakuten gets paid commission for bringing you to the site, in turn, they pass along a portion of it to you.  It's a Win-Win for everybody. 

You sign up, click on a link to your favorite store, and make a purchase. Ebates then puts a percentage of that purchase into your Ebates account. They will mail you a check three times a year.  It's that simple.

Ebates Inc. was founded in 1998 by two deput…

The Results! - February 2020 (Dividends, YouTube & Blog Stats)

Welcome to February 2020 - The Results!

Wow, what a February it has been in terms of the market.  After massive sell-offs in the last week of the month.  On March 2, the day of this writing, the markets stormed back.  From CNBC, "The Dow closed 1,293.96 points higher, or 5.1%, at 26,703.32. The move on a percentage basis was the Dow’s biggest since March 2009. It was the largest-ever points gain for the 30-stock average."
With these wild swings we've been seeing in the markets lately, my strategy has not changed.  I will continue to invest periodically and buy according to my asset allocation strategy.  As I prefer to spend more time in the market vs trying to time the market.
Now...let's get down to my numbers...which is why you're reading this....
As I previously mentioned, my investing approach I have kept simple and easy to manage.  I have a handful of ETFs that I invest in periodically and they deliver dividend income either monthly or on a quarterly basis.