My Trading Account Status 6/28/2014

Here are the holdings in my trading account as of June 28th, 2014.

DescriptionSymbolQuantityDate AcquiredCost BasisMarket Value
TOTAL$16,931.00
AFLAC INCAFL10001/31/14$6,278.95$6,272.00
AFLAC INCAFL8903/27/14$5,540.75$5,582.08
NELNET INC CL ANNI12112/11/13$4,970.79$4,985.20
CASH$91.72

Compared with last week, my total account value dropped $50.04. *Yawns.*  You could say that the best opportunity last week was on Monday 6/23 when AFL still had a high of over $63. But really, nothing  interesting happened last week, so I didn’t make any trades again.



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Closing My Ally CD Account

If you Google the term “emergency fund,” you will find many articles on what an emergency fund is and why you should start one. I started one in the April of 2013; I opened a 2-year raise your rate CD account with Ally Bank. The opening balance was $7,000 and the beginning annual percentage yield was 1.09%. At that time, I really thought I would not need that sum of money in the next two years.

However, in the April of this year, an investment opportunity came up. This opportunity was one that I really could not pass up. I … Read more

My Trading Account Status 6/21/2014

Here are the holdings in my trading account as of 6/21/2014:

DescriptionSymbolQuantityDate AcquiredCost BasisMarket Value
TOTAL$16,981.04
AFLAC INCAFL10001/31/14$6,278.95$6,310.00
AFLAC INCAFL8903/27/14$5,540.75$5,615.90
NELNET INC CL ANNI12112/11/13$4,970.79$4,963.42
CASH$91.72

I didn’t make any trades this past week, so there is nothing exciting to report here. Both NNI and AFL went up since my last update, but only AFL moved back into unrealized gain territory.

AFL has been hovering around my acquisition price since April. I am tempted to take advantage of … Read more

How I came to choose Bluehost for my web hosting and how much it cost

Do you want to self-host your blog or website but (1) you do not know which web hosting company you should choose, and (2) you are not sure how much it will cost?

There are plenty of reviews out there already. If you are interested in reading reviews, here are a few:

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Hosting Kingdom

When I was trying to decide between HostGator and Bluehost, I spent many hours (over the course of several days) reading online reviews. Oddly enough, the deciding factor for me was learning that they are both owned by Endurance International Group. I … Read more

My Trading Account Status 6/14/2014

Here are my holdings in my trading account as of June 14th, 2014.

DescriptionSymbolQuantityDate AcquiredCost BasisMarket Value
TOTAL$16,730.49
AFLAC INCAFL10001/31/14$6,278.95$6,196.00
AFLAC INCAFL8903/27/14$5,540.75$5,514.44
NELNET INC CL ANNI12112/11/13$4,970.79$4,928.33
CASH$91.72

What a difference a couple days make. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 102 points on 6/11 and another 110 points on 6/12. It did recover 41 points and a half on Friday 6/13, but the two triple digit drops were enough to wipe out my unrealized gains and bring me … Read more