The Weekly Lineup: From Potatoes to Dividends

Scott Burns and the Couch Potato

Scott Burns and the Couch Potato

In the upcoming weeks you are going to notice more posts from finance writer Hank Coleman. I met Hank at FinCon11 (The Financial Bloggers Conference), and shortly thereafter he submitted a guest post for me on investing with DRIPs. That article did very well, and his recent post on investing with REITs even received a Globe and Mail mention! His latest Ninja post When Issuing a Dividend Can Be Dangerous, also generated a lot of reader interest.

I felt that Hank’s writing was a natural fit for the Ninja, so I asked him to join the Dividend Ninja as a staff writer. Hank is no slouch! He writes for other financial websites, has a Master’s Degree in Finance, and is currently studying to take the Certified Financial Planner exam.

You can read all of Hank Coleman’s posts on the Dividend Ninja, and of course on his own site MoneyQandA. I hope you enjoy his articles, and I welcome your feedback. Ultimately the Dividend Ninja is about you, the readers! So let me know what you think…

Ninja Posts around the Web

I wrote another featured post for BankNerd.ca this week on RRSP Strategies You Can Take to the Bank. For those who are contributing to their RRSP’s, I outlined three simple and winning strategies you can use for your RRSP contributions. (1) Save regularly instead of a lump-sum payment, (2) don’t borrow until February, and (3) invest your refund immediately! I promise, no more RRSP and TFSA posts, at least until next year (unless I see a really good post to mention) 😉

Other Posts around the Web

Are you looking for a financial advisor? Buchanan Wealth looks at some of the things you should consider before signing up with a new advisor.

Dan Bortolotti at The Canadian Couch Potato continued his interview with Scott Burns. Burns is the newspaper columnist and Chief Investment Strategist at AssetBuilder, who created the original Couch Potato portfolio more than 20 years ago! You can also read part one here. Nice interviews Dan!

Dividend Mantra had a couple of great posts this week. He discussed both his recent sale, and why you need to stick to your plan. Mantra is a buy-and-hold kinda guy, so when he sells something you can be sure he puts a lot of thought into it. What did he sell? You’ll have to read the post to find out. 😉

Matt at the Dividend Monk is at it again, another stellar post! This time he’s looking at companies with high switching costs. What does he mean by that? As Matt points out “some companies have businesses where it’s naturally difficult to switch to a competitor. This increases pricing power and makes revenue more stable..”

The Dividend Guy, had a good post on why you need to have a US RRSP Account. The bottom line is if you are buying and selling US Stocks in your RRSP, and you don’t have a US Dollar RRSP account, then you are getting hosed with additional foreign exchange charges. I agree with Mike in principle, but with TD Waterhouse I can wash my trades. That is the proceeds are placed in a US MMKT fund, and then used to buy another US stock, thereby “washing” the trade of any foreign exchange fees. At some point you still have to put money into the plan, and you will pay a foreign exchange fee at that time.

As many of you know one of my favourite topics besides investing in dividend stocks, and secretly index investing, is making money online. Steve at Money Infant, wrote a fantastic post about exactly the ways to make money blogging, in Is Blogging the Path to Wealth? If you are a new blogger, and you are asking yourself that very question, then this thorough article is where you want to start!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my previous guest post at Young and Thrifty, where I also answer that question, in Website Income vs Dividend Stocks. This post had a great response! As both Steve and I point out in our articles, many people get into blogging expecting easy money. Many people don’t realize the amount of work and patience involved to get a blog off the ground, never mind even starting to monetize it!

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Have a nice weekend everyone! 🙂

24 Responses to “The Weekly Lineup: From Potatoes to Dividends”

  1. Money Infant

    Feb 24. 2012

    Thanks so much for mentioning me in your weekly roundup, I am in exhalted company!

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    • The Dividend Ninja

      Feb 24. 2012

      Hey Steve, well then welcome to the club. 😉 Kidding aside that was a stellar article you wrote! A really good reference for people starting out. I think it topped my Young and Thrifty post…

      Cheers!

      Reply to this comment
  2. Money Infant

    Feb 24. 2012

    Thanks so much for mentioning me in your weekly roundup, I am in exhalted company!

    Reply to this comment
    • The Dividend Ninja

      Feb 24. 2012

      Hey Steve, well then welcome to the club. 😉 Kidding aside that was a stellar article you wrote! A really good reference for people starting out. I think it topped my Young and Thrifty post…

      Cheers!

      Reply to this comment
  3. Hank

    Feb 25. 2012

    Definitely one of the best receptions I’ve received in a long time. I’m extremely happy and excited to be on board with The Dividend Ninja! Thank you very much.

    Reply to this comment
  4. Hank

    Feb 25. 2012

    Definitely one of the best receptions I’ve received in a long time. I’m extremely happy and excited to be on board with The Dividend Ninja! Thank you very much.

    Reply to this comment
  5. Dividend Mantra

    Feb 25. 2012

    Ninja,

    Thanks for including me in your weekend roundup. It’s always great to see the Ninja slicing and dicing some links.

    Great to see your blog growing leaps and bounds.

    Keep up the great work man!

    Best wishes for a great weekend.

    Reply to this comment
    • The Dividend Ninja

      Feb 25. 2012

      Mantra My pleasure! Your blog is one of my favourites, sorry for not dropping by more often… I see ur almost at 60K now not bad at all 🙂

      Cheers

      Reply to this comment
  6. Dividend Mantra

    Feb 25. 2012

    Ninja,

    Thanks for including me in your weekend roundup. It’s always great to see the Ninja slicing and dicing some links.

    Great to see your blog growing leaps and bounds.

    Keep up the great work man!

    Best wishes for a great weekend.

    Reply to this comment
    • The Dividend Ninja

      Feb 25. 2012

      Mantra My pleasure! Your blog is one of my favourites, sorry for not dropping by more often… I see ur almost at 60K now not bad at all 🙂

      Cheers

      Reply to this comment
  7. My Own Advisor

    Feb 25. 2012

    Hank, congrats on the Dividend Ninja gig! This is a quality site and you’re going to rock this place!

    Ninja, great list of articles, as per usual…

    I look forward to stopping by next week!
    Mark

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  8. My Own Advisor

    Feb 25. 2012

    Hank, congrats on the Dividend Ninja gig! This is a quality site and you’re going to rock this place!

    Ninja, great list of articles, as per usual…

    I look forward to stopping by next week!
    Mark

    Reply to this comment
  9. youngandthrifty

    Feb 26. 2012

    Thanks Dividend Ninja!

    Hope you had a good weekend- we had some wacky weather but at least no rain!

    Reply to this comment
  10. youngandthrifty

    Feb 26. 2012

    Thanks Dividend Ninja!

    Hope you had a good weekend- we had some wacky weather but at least no rain!

    Reply to this comment

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