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THE MYSTERY OF CORPORATE BONDS

How many of our fellow Blue Collar Investors understand the concept of corporate bonds?  Probably, not many. I didn’t for many years despite self-educating myself in stocks, options, and real estate. I am always angered when media experts start throwing around terms like indentures, par value, defeasance, yield curve among many others and don’t bother […]

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HEDGE FUNDS AND THEIR EFFECT ON OUR INVESTMENTS Plus CSH, a Gem in Hiding

Jim Cramer  brought out a great point last week during his TV Program, Mad Money,  when he attributed much of the market volatility to “hedge funds gone wild”. He knows an awful lot about hedge funds since he managed one himself in the 1990s. For my readers unfamiliar with the term “hedge fund”, let me […]

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Overnight Millionaire or Victim of the Rig? Plus: My Readers Pick their Favorite Stocks

Your best friend calls you to tell you about a company that has developed a technology so unique that the profits about to be generated will make all investors filthy rich. He read about it on a blog site that his buddy from the the local Pizza Parlor referred him to. Needless to say these […]

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BEING CEO OF YOUR OWN MONEY MEANS MAKING INFORMED DECISIONS plus Industry in the Spotlight

I was about to ask Linda to marry me. My knowledge of diamond rings was one level below my awareness of the cast of Sex in the City (a show I have never watched). How many of us take our hard-earned money into a mall jewelry store and purchase an engagement ring from “some person” . […]

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USING STOCK OPTIONS TO NEUTRALIZE NEGATIVE CASH FLOW PROPERTIES/ PART III- Evaluating our Investment

This is the third and final article in this trilogy of writings regarding generating income via stock options to erase a negative cash flow situation. In part I, our strategy was developed. Capital preservation was of utmost importance since we needed to maintain our initial investment to continue to generate our monthly returns. Compounding of […]

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USING STOCK OPTIONS TO NEUTRALIZE NEGATIVE CASH FLOW PROPERTIES / PART II – Real Life Example

Make money so you don’t lose money. No, this is not a quote from Yogi Berra! It’s me, Alan, speaking and I make no apologies for this seemingly sophomoric statement. On April 12, 2008, I wrote an article wherein I described a negative cash flow property I own in Florida. I was losing $800 per […]

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USING STOCK OPTIONS TO NEUTRALIZE NEGATIVE CASH FLOW PROPERTIES

The light bulb went on! I have a property in Florida that is negatively cash flowing. I also have a skill generating cash by selling stock options. This is a marriage made in heaven! When I started trading stock options, the cash was used to pay for my son’s college education, the purchase of my […]

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RECESSION AND STAGFLATION- How do we respond?

You can’t open a financial newspaper or watch a financial program without hearing the latest buzz-words recession and stagflation. There has been much banter lately as to whether or not we are in a recession, approaching one or simply in an economic slowdown. I just love it when the experts can’t agree with each other […]

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DEALING WITH VOLATILE MARKETS-The Media Experts vs. The Blue Collar Investor

WOW! For the last six weeks I have written articles that I’ve had to put on the backburners for future publication. This is due to the inordinate amount of market volatility. That’s all I’ve been thinking of, so I assume that most of you have been consumed with the same issue. Many media experts have […]

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HOW A BLUE COLLAR INVESTOR MANAGES A VOLITILE MARKET

WOW! It looks like we’re in the midst of another 10% market correction from its recent highs. This can drive the average investor crazy, but not us. First and foremost we must remember our commitment to the system: – GoldenRule #1: We must be willing to accept a certain amount of risk. We understand that […]

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