NEW YEAR, NEW RECORDS! 2022 STARTS WITH A BANG! HERE IS YOUR NEXT MOVE.

The S&P500 (SPY) had a solid finish to 2021. It rallied on Monday into all-time highs and set the highest point on Thursday, 30 Dec 21. On Monday, 3 Jan 22, the market opened positively, ending the day higher and within 1 point of yet another record.

The cheerful open to the year indicates no re-test of the newfound support (former resistance) around the 471 area. Instead, everything points to the trend resuming to the upside into uncharted territory. It looks like it will take much more than the Fed printing money, another pandemic, or a new crisis. Markets seem unstoppable.

Many new investors are afraid of jumping in at the wrong time, which is understandable. However, the markets are breaking record after record and showing no signs of slowing down.

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What to do next?

There are many ways to skin a cat. It’s just a saying people. It’s not literally. However, we are never short of strategies and possibilities as traders and investors.

A. Test the Waters

If you are brand new to investing, I suggest NOT jumping with both feet. Test the waters first. The idea here is to invest half of what you have available. There are two reasons for that:

          1. By investing in small portions, you are not risking all of your capital, but at the same time, if the markets keep pushing higher, you are participating and adding gains to your portfolio.

          2. With the same token of investing small portions, if the market decides to pull back and take a breather, you will have capital free to be deployed as you wish and at a discount. Who doesn’t like discounts? I do!

B. Learn to Sell

A strategy I use is selling options. I like to sell options on volatile stocks and also on support areas. In my case, the idea is NOT to get assigned the shares. Instead, collect premiums with each sell, rinse and repeat.

If you want to own shares on a specific stock, you sell the options at the price you are comfortable buying it. Keep in mind that each contract holds 100 shares when you sell options.

For example, You don’t mind owning AT&T (T) shares at a $20 strike price. Therefore, you will sell the $20 put option.

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What happens?

1. Next, multiply the strike price by 100 shares, which will give you the amount needed in cash. To sell this put option, you need to have in your account $2,000 available (not invested) per each contract you plan on selling. This cash will be used as collateral if you get assigned, and this will be the money used to buy those shares. The same thing happens with each option you sell regardless of the stock.

2. Once the money is available and ready to go, one of these two possibilities will occur:

          – The stock price falls under the option strike price, and you get assigned those shares. In this case, you will buy 100 shares at $20.

          – The stock price remains above the option strike price, and the option expires worthless. Therefore, you keep the premium while releasing the cash held as collateral.

Keep in mind this is an investing mindset. We are not here to jump in and out daily or intra-day. If that is your mindset, you are a trader and not an investor.

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TRADERS

As a trader, you need momentum. So I don’t recommend any newbie to trade first. Instead, start with the basic easy steps of investing, then move up the latter.

If you are a little more experience, then look for weekly breakouts. For example, during the weekend, change the setting on your chart to weekly. Then, set an alert at the high of the week that just closed. If you are doing it during the week, ensure to set the alert at the high of last week.

Once the alert goes off that a break out of that high occurred, you can take a position with shares, you can sell puts, or you can buy calls. The choice is yours.

Ensure to preset your stop-loss price (area) and your targets.

Are you going to sell all of it once you hit an area?

Are you selling half and riding the other half for more profits?

You can also sell 1/3 of the position at target #1 (T1), sell another 1/3 at a higher target #2 (T2), and let the last 1/3 ride as high as possible for maximum profits.

As I said, there are many ways to skin a cat. First, you need to figure out which strategy makes more sense. Not all methods work for everyone. Please choose the one you like most and become a master at it. Once you become a master, you start adding to your toolbox with new strategies in a few years. Join groups and share your experiences. Also, listen to others and learn from their mistakes.

Now, begin your Road to Wealth!

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How Do Dividends Work? Explained

Companies that pay dividends more often do so in cash. It is a way of generating passive income. Yes, my dear readers, although cash dividends are the most popular and recognized type, there are other dividends besides cash.

These include dividends on stocks, bonds, property, and scrip (promissory notes). These are more likely to be used when acquisitions of other companies or in particular situations.

When companies pay cash dividends, they are sharing the company’s retained earnings with their investors. Cash payment will be deposited automatically in the accounts of each investor without requiring any action on their part. So if you invest in a company that pays dividends, you do not have to do anything to receive it. Your broker will do everything for you. You will have 2 options: receive the cash and use it as you think best, or activate what is known as (DRIP), a Dividend Reinvestment Plan that automatically buys you more shares in the company you are investing in.

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How do you know which one suits you?

Very simple, if you are retired, with a good pension check and a huge investment account, accept the dividend as cash and enjoy it while supplementing your passive income.

If you still work and have a small account that cannot live on those dividends, enable your DRIP and not touch it until you retire.

Important dates:

To know if you will receive the dividend or not, you have to understand the following dates.

Declaration Date: this is the day when the board of directors sits down and decides to announce the amount that each investor will receive per share and the ex-dividend date. Please understand that this date is just an announcement of what will happen. You still do not have the right to receive the dividend.

For example, the local newspaper has a page announcing that they will give toys to the children present on Saturday. Just as the child must be present on Saturday to receive his toy, you will receive your dividend if you owned shares in the company on the announced day.

Ex-Dividend Date: this is the most important date apart from the payment date. To receive the dividend, you have to own shares by this date. Therefore, anyone who wishes to receive the dividend must purchase their shares BEFORE this date. At least the day prior since this is the first day that the shares start trading without the right to receive the dividend. Every day the market opens, shares will go up and down in price, but this date is the one that separates the line from each other, whether you receive the dividend or not.

For example:

The directors of Apple (AAPL) announced on October 28, 2021, that they would pay a dividend of $0.22 per share. The ex-dividend date was November 5, 2021, payable on November 11, 2021.

Anyone who wanted to receive this dividend had to buy their shares BEFORE November 5, 2021. If you purchased on November 5, you would not be entitled to anything since the directors announced that this would be the ex-dividend day. In other words, everyone purchasing from this date forward would not be entitled to the dividend until a new announcement.

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Record Date: is the date on which you must be a shareholder to receive the dividend. It is usually one or two days after the ex-dividend date. We do not do anything with this date. It is not as important to us as for the directors since this is the list of shareholders that will appear to receive the dividend.

Payment date: It is the day you will receive your money. This date varies between companies. It can be from 1 week to a month after the ex-dividend date. Ensure to verify the information so you don’t miss your payday.

Let’s practice:

Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO) announced a $0.15 per share dividend with an ex-dividend date of January 4, 2022, payable on January 21, 2022.

1. If you have 100 shares, how much will you receive in dividends?

2. When is the last day you can buy shares and receive dividends?

3. When will you receive your $15?

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Summary:

1. You will receive $15 in dividends. Multiply the number of shares by the amount of the dividend paid (100 shares x 0.15 cents in this example).

2. January 3, 2022, is the last day to buy and receive the dividend.

3. You will receive your dividend on January 21, 2022.

It’s that simple, my friends. If you want to verify which companies will pay dividends on a specific day, visit this Nasdaq page. Now put this new knowledge to good use.

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DISCLAIMER: Please read our disclosure policy here. This post contains affiliate links, and I earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you. There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading. Past results are not indicative of future returns. Road-to-wealth.com and all individuals affiliated with this site assume no responsibilities for your trading and investment results. The indicators, strategies, columns, articles, and other features are for educational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. Information for any trading observations is obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Still, we do not warrant its completeness or accuracy or warrant any results from the use of the information. Your use of the trading observations is entirely at your own risk, and it is your sole responsibility to evaluate the information’s accuracy, completeness, and usefulness. You must assess the risk of any trade with your broker and make your own independent decisions regarding any securities mentioned herein.

New Year and You Are Doing This Again?

The New Year is fast approaching. It will be here in less than 48 hours, and it’s that time of the year where everyone starts thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Are you there yet?

At the end of the article, go ahead and tell me in the comments below what you plan on improving in the new year. Are you looking forward to a better you in 2022? I am and will be sharing some of my resolutions with you all.

The most common goals are working out more and eating healthier. A percentage of you are also looking to start investing. Improving your finances is an excellent goal for a new and improved you in 2022.

Are you looking forward to focusing on your investing goals and improving your life and your family’s life? It’s possible, and you know it. And you see, many other average people do it all the time.

So, I ask you again, are you prepared to do the work to BECOME an investor? You know it doesn’t happen by itself.

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I have mentioned this before, but as a reminder, all investors begin precisely at the same place, with no knowledge and no experience. Some are lucky to be born in a family with financial expertise, which is passed down at an early age. However, that doesn’t change that they still have to learn and put skin in the game to gain that experience. Others, like us, have to grind out that knowledge. As a result, we sacrifice countless hours, family time, fun times, and many other things. However, once we find our new knowledge, the most important thing is there is nothing to worry about once you teach family and friends what to do and when to do it. There is a strategy to the madness.

Some years become a dividing line in our lives—the life before and after a specific event. You often hear the negative, but there are positive events and years. You can make 2022 your year!

For me, Covid in 2020 was that year. What!? Joey, covid is still messing with all of my plans, and it’s 2021. Sure, mine too. But it was during that lockdown in 2020, I was able to analyze all of my trading systems and figure out which ones worked and the ones that didn’t. With a few tweaks, I headed to 2021 with full force. I have to say; it has been the best and most profitable year for me, my family, and friends have ever had. Yes, they copy my trades at their own risk, and you will be able to soon enough. Keep reading; you will understand.

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I want to share a few important things I learned in conjunction with my resolutions for 2022.

          1. Patience – as the world goes through rough patches and keeps constantly changing, we need more patience than we have ever needed before. Things will never be the same, and we have to adapt and improve ourselves. That will also take patience; we won’t adapt and change in the blink of an eye.

          2. Just shut off – as the world was shutting down, I took that time away from everyone and read books, analyzed my strategies, and most importantly, got closer with my family. It doesn’t matter what your job is and how important you think you are; once you are gone, they will replace you. You are an asset to them, but they can find another asset. Your family won’t. They can’t; there is only one of you. So be present and pay attention to what is important. Learn to shut off for them.

          3. Life, Investing and Luck – you can put in the work, reading, studying, training, working, preparing in general. However, a positive outcome is not guaranteed. Ever! You will win some, and you will lose some. Understand that, and your life will be less stressful.

          4. Be a Crane – no one can be a champion unless they play a one-person sport like golf, boxing, or tennis. And they still have coaches and a team behind them. You don’t have to do it by yourself in life and investing, but improving yourself is only 50% of the process. Once you are where you want to be, or at least close to it, ensure to be a Crane and lift others. You can’t scan the whole market by yourself or cover all the strategies, but you can have a team that works together. It doesn’t matter if they are family, friends, or people you meet on the internet. If we all row in the same direction, we will get where we want to be. That’s a Champion mentality.

          5. Quality time – although it goes in hand with point 2 to shut off, just because you shut off doesn’t mean you are creating or having quality time with your loved ones. Sitting there staring at them with a pale face doesn’t count as quality time. Instead, have “dates” with your kids and spouse. Take days to go to their favorite places, as well as take days to go to yours. Remember to have a balance. That way, everyone is happy while you create life memories; together.

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My new year’s resolutions are:

          – I’m going to get back in great physical shape. Yes, I know! One of the most common ones, but I have neglected myself a little bit for far too long. I don’t do diets, strictly exercise. I may do some social media appearances. No promises, though.

          – I will be a Crane and lift others. I plan on doing that by starting a YouTube channel. As a matter of fact, two channels. English and Spanish-speaking individuals are all invited. It has been brought up to me a million times before that most of my readers prefer short videos rather than reading articles. Well, your wish is my command. The new year will serve you well, and I’m working on the ins and outs of it. I will write about it once the channel is up and running.

          – I will add 3 passive income sources. Also, encourage you to do the same. It could be with dividends, affiliate marketing, e-commerce, or any other way you prefer. It doesn’t matter. You choose what you are interested in doing because remember that it will take time and work initially, and you need to stick through thick and thin.

          – I will make my life more fun by traveling more, creating new things that I never saw myself doing, helping others, and paying it forward.

I want you to be dreaming BIG, just like I’m doing right now. Twelve months seems like such a long time and no time at all. Either way, 2022 will come and go. So make this your year and take ACTION!

From my family to yours, Happy New Year!

Now, begin your Road to Wealth!

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DISCLAIMER: Please read our disclosure policy here. This post contains affiliate links, and I earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you. There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading. Past results are not indicative of future returns. Road-to-wealth.com and all individuals affiliated with this site assume no responsibilities for your trading and investment results. The indicators, strategies, columns, articles, and other features are for educational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. Information for any trading observations is obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Still, we do not warrant its completeness or accuracy or warrant any results from the use of the information. Your use of the trading observations is entirely at your own risk, and it is your sole responsibility to evaluate the information’s accuracy, completeness, and usefulness. You must assess the risk of any trade with your broker and make your own independent decisions regarding any securities mentioned herein.

AT&T (T) STOCK ANALYSIS FOR 2022

Do you use AT&T (T) as your cell phone provider? How long have you used it as your provider? A long time probably, since AT&T is a behemoth of a company. Founded in 1983 and currently holds 230,000 employees. It’s as close to a dinosaur as you may think since it has been around forever.

            Verizon Communications (VZ) is the only telecom service bigger than AT&T, with a market cap of $218.48 billion, and was founded in 1983 as well. AT&T’s market cap is $176.95 billion. Closing in on (T) is T-mobile US (TMUS), with a market cap of $150.59 billion.

            AT&T will spin off a part of their business (WarnerMedia) and merge it with Discovery Inc (DISCA). Expect the merger to close out by mid-2022. It’s preferable to wait for the completion of the merge and see how other investors react to the price. It is a cheap stock looking like a bargain, but it could get “more affordable,” if you know what I mean.

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            Their 5YR P/E is currently at 11.78, making it very attractive and hinting at undervalued or discounted prices. However, return on investment (ROI), assets (ROA), and equity (ROE) are all subpar, with a return of under 2% on all of them. Big red flag for me.

            An eye-popping dividend at 8.5%, which makes many investors salivate. However, we can expect a cut next year once the merger is complete with high certainty. Also, the dividend paid takes about 60% of the Free Cash Flow (FCF), which is not good if you have debt or are trying to grow the business. Currently, a total of $15 Billion is paid off in dividends by the $25 Billion of FCF. That leaves (T) with only $10 Billion of FCF to pay debt and grow the company.

            To make matters worse, their FCF is $23.44 billion. As a rule of thumb, we can multiply that amount by 5 (5YR projection), and we get a total of $117.2 billion. We would love to see their debt under $117 billion. However, their total long-term debt is sitting at an outstanding $284.2 billion, which more than doubles our estimated numbers. It means that (T) has too much debt relative to their free cash on hand.

            Understand that FCF is critical because you can do many great things to help your company when you have free cash. Things like paying down debt, buying back shares, reinvesting in the company, making acquisitions, or paying dividends. As a result, the excellent use of FCF will be more appealing to shareholders than paying a hefty dividend while burying themselves in debt. Just think about it, is the bank willing to lend money to the guy with little to no debt or the guy that makes $50K a year but owes over $200K?

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            Their revenue has grown slowly over the last 5 years. I like that. It is preferable to see slow and steady growth than a chart that looks like a cardiogram with random spikes. When reality sets in, those spikes are always followed by crashes. My only concern is that although they have acquired many smaller companies, their revenue growth has not shown much improvement.

             Following that, their Net Income has shrunk for the last 5 years from $12 billion in 2017 to $1 billion in 2021. Another reason for concern besides their shrinking income is the outstanding shares have gone up from 6.1 billion to 7.1 billion. We want the outstanding shares to shrink and net income to grow. But, just like Santa Claus got it backward when I asked for a lean body and a fat wallet, AT&T got confused as well and had it all backward.

            Not all is bad news with (T). They have grown their FCF from $15 billion to $28 billion. The average FCF for the last 5 years is about $23.4 billion. Estimating this average can be kept for the next 20 years, we can calculate a market cap of about $468 billion. In the beginning, we said the current market cap is $176.95 billion. Our numbers suggest that this metric undervalues it.

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Summary:

            (T)’s good points: Low P/E, big dividend (suitable for investors looking for cash flow), slow but steady revenue growth, slow and steady FCF growth, and “undervalued” per FCF metric.

            (T)’s bad points: Not sure what to expect from the spin-off merger as far as price action, meager returns on ROI, ROA & ROE. There is a high probability of seeing a cut on the dividend, and their debt is too high. Revenue has not grown much despite their acquisitions. Net income is shrinking, and outstanding shares are rising.

            Right now (T) has a lot of work to do. The negative points about the company outweigh the positive. This is only a starting point, so ensure you research and analyze before investing. I believe AT&T has to implement better use of their FCF, lower their debt, generate better returns for their shareholders or they will be painfully looking at their market value fall into a quiet and deathly take over. Therefore, we will only trade (T) with a dividend catch strategy. The only way to consider a long-term position is if the price falls below $20.

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DISCLAIMER: Please read our disclosure policy here. This post contains affiliate links, and I earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you. There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading. Past results are not indicative of future returns. Road-to-wealth.com and all individuals affiliated with this site assume no responsibilities for your trading and investment results. The indicators, strategies, columns, articles, and other features are for educational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. Information for any trading observations is obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Still, we do not warrant its completeness or accuracy or warrant any results from the use of the information. Your use of the trading observations is entirely at your own risk, and it is your sole responsibility to evaluate the information’s accuracy, completeness, and usefulness. You must assess the risk of any trade with your broker and make your own independent decisions regarding any securities mentioned herein.

24% Dividend Idea with BTI, Short-Term Hold

Although we covered a more in-depth analysis of (BTI) British American Tobacco in this article, today, I realized a play that can be very beneficial within the next few days.

BTI goes ex-dividend on 22 December 2021. That means that everyone who buys shares on or before 21 December 2021 will receive a dividend payout.

The idea is simple, but you have to afford to buy 100 shares. At the current price of $37.30 on 20 December 2021, it will cost $3,730. Before you ask, Yes, you can still buy shares of BTI if you don’t have the whole amount needed; you won’t be able to complete the entire strategy, though. But you can always learn it for later. Buying shares will only give you the dividend.

Let’s try to catch a dividend here.

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I bought 100 at $37.26 for a total of $3,726. Therefore, BTI will pay a dividend of $0.74, bringing in $74. For those of you who are newer, you multiply the number of shares (100) by the amount of the dividend paid ($0.74). That’s how you calculate how much you will receive.

On the 22nd, I will sell a call option, the $35 Call expiring on 21 January 2022, to be exact. It is currently trading for $2.30. If BTI keeps increasing in value, it could sell for that or more. To keep it simple, let’s use the current price.

As long as BTI remains above $35 by the expiration date of 21 Jan 22, my shares will be called away at a standard price of $35 per share.

Let’s do the math:

100 shares at $35 = $3,500

Credit for selling the call is $2.30 * 100 shares = $230

The dividend, as previously established, is $74

Add it all up, and you get $3,804. So my total investment was $3,726, which gives me a $78 profit in exactly 31 days for a little over 5 minutes of work. That is an annualized gain of 24.87% for sitting on my hands.

Are you receiving a 24% profit anywhere else? If not, this is an opportunity you can try with dividend-paying stocks.

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Get This High Dividend Tobacco Company Cover Your Expenses

There are all types of investments on the stock market, including tobacco companies. You can take advantage of the opportunity regardless of whether you smoke or not. If you smoke, I will show you how to make these companies pay for your fix. If you don’t smoke, don’t worry, I will show you just the same. The difference is that you will use the money for anything else you want and not for a pack of cigarettes or chewing tobacco.

            The leading players are (MO) Altria Group Inc, (PM) Phillip Morris International Inc, and (BTI) British American Tobacco. We will cover (MO) and (PM) in another article; and will concentrate on (BTI) British American Tobacco.

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            (BTI) British American Tobacco’s business has remained stable throughout 2020 and 2021. Currently, (as of Dec 14, 2021) trades for $36 and has a high dividend of 8.2%.

            Looking under the hood, we see BTI has over 55,300 employees, making it a large and stable company. Their revenue growth is around 5%. The current (P/E) price to earnings is 10.27, making it a desirable investment and, to some extent, undervalued.

            They have debt but nothing out of standard operating procedures. Enough cash to cover expenses, although I would much rather like to see a higher Quick Ratio (0.40) and Current Ratio (0.80). They do have excellent use of (P/FCF) Price to Free Cash Flow at 19.62. Trust me. I have seen much worse.

            The margins are solid! Gross margin 83.40%, Operating Margin 38.10%, and Profit Margin 24.10%. And the Payout Ratio is a rounded 59%. Meaning they can keep on growing the dividend. Slowly but surely.

            I expect the Net Debt / EBITDA ratio to return to its target range, leading to more capital returns in 2022. This includes share buybacks, and management is in support of this view.

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Now, how do we get paid?

Before we begin, answer this question: Have you been smoking or chewing two packs a week for 12 years or more?

            If you have, then know that you have given these companies the amount you needed for this investment to work, and you have nothing to show for, except for a set of dying lungs or gums. No judgment; you do what you want with your body. I used to chew tobacco, and my grandma still smokes. Do I wish she didn’t? And keep her on earth for a little longer, possibly? Yes, I do. However, she is an adult, and I respect her choices.

Note 1: If you smoke more than 2 packs a week, you reached this number in less than 12 years.

Note 2: Although I’m emphasizing smoking, you can run the numbers if you chew tobacco as well.

I will give you the formula to figure out the same thing with all your expenses.

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Here we go!

            Using Texas numbers, a pack of cigarettes goes for $6.69 and adds taxes, and you pay $8.10. So, smoking 2 packs per week, you are spending around $16.20 p/week. Let’s round that to a month, and we get $64.80. That is how much you spend monthly in Texas when you smoke 2 packs per week.

            BTI pays a Quarterly Dividend, so we will multiply $64.80 * 3 and come to figure out that you are spending $194.40 in tobacco products every three months.

            At the current $36 price and a dividend payout of $0.745, you will need 261 shares; or an investment of $9,396.

            Remember! You have probably already given this much money to tobacco companies and didn’t even realize it. However, we will do one better. We will begin investing in these companies and begin to collect dividends.

NO! You don’t need this amount to begin. There are plenty of ways you can go about this.

Let’s cover a few ideas:

            1. Every time you buy a pack, you need to deposit the exact amount you spent on your investment account. If you don’t have enough money to do both, you shouldn’t spend your money on something that won’t benefit you or your health.

            2. Set automatic deposits, either weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, equal to or greater than the amount you spend on this product.

            3. Pay as a lump sum. I know it’s less likely that you will have this amount of money laying around doing nothing, but you never know.

Bonus 1:

            Don’t waste time receiving the dividend in cash and buying shares manually. Instead, verify how to set up a (DRIP) Dividend Reinvestment Plan with your broker. The system will automatically invest your dividend on your dividend-paying stock, and you don’t have to move a finger.

Bonus 2:

            Once you reach 100 shares on the same stock, learn how to sell cover calls. It is a great income strategy and will help you reach your goals quicker.

Note 3:

            We will begin two YouTube channels in 2022. An English as well as a Spanish channel. We will go over all these strategies, and you can learn and implement them for yourself. Stay tuned!

Be a landlord anywhere in the United States, without the hassle.

Summary:

            You can research a dividend-paying stock of your liking and follow the steps above. Then, when you reach your goal, turn off the DRIP and begin collecting the dividends in cash to do whatever you want to do with your money. For example, you can have the company pay for your tobacco expenses or non-smokers; you can use this money to do as you please.

Now, begin your Road to Wealth!

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How To Reinvest Your Dividends Automatically

If you are new to investing, I know you don’t know about this yet. However, strangely enough, followers who have been investing for some time don’t know about this trick either. It is a very self-explanatory concept and easy to grasp.

            I present to you the (DRIP) Dividend Reinvestment Plan.

            A DRIP is a program that any investor can use. This program allows investors to reinvest their cash dividends into buying more shares of that same stock. If the stock price is higher than the dividend received, you can purchase fractional shares of that stock.

            It uses a technique called (DCA) Dollar-Cost Averaging. Simply put, it takes all your purchases amounts and prices and averages it out equally.

Let’s see an example.

(DCA) Dollar-Cost Averaging Example

            In the first Quarter of 2022 example, you purchased a total of 21 shares of a stock, and you invested a total of $145. Divide 145/21, and you get an average price of $6.90.

            For you to make a profit, you need to know this number. Selling below this dollar-cost average price will guarantee a loss.

Simple enough, right?

            So, enrolling in a DRIP helps you automate the process of reinvesting cash dividends. It makes investing a much simpler task. In some cases, cheaper. Best of all, it is done automatically for you—an utterly hands-off system with no emotions involved.

            A great benefit that I love, the system itself, will buy more shares when prices go down and fewer shares when prices are up. Over time, it helps you compound your gains. That way, it gives you a better price by dollar-cost averaging down. It is a powerful tool to have.

            Understand that DRIPs only work for investments that 1) pay dividends, 2) you will hold for extended periods (yearly/decades). You will often hear the argument of choosing well-established companies, also known as “high quality” and “low risk.”

Don’t forget!

            DRIP investing is subject to taxes. Because even though investors do not receive a cash dividend, an actual cash dividend is reinvested. The IRS considers that to be income and therefore taxable.

Note:

            We will begin two YouTube channels in 2022. An English as well as a Spanish channel. We will go over all these strategies, and you can learn and implement them for yourself. Stay tuned!

Summary:

            – DRIP is a program that reinvests your cash dividend automatically for you.

            – It dollar-cost averages the purchases and helps you compound your gains over time.

            – Taxes are paid on those dividends, although you didn’t receive the cash on hand

That’s it! Verify with your broker how to set up DRIP investing in your account and watch your account grow.

Now, begin your Road to Wealth!

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10 EASY WAYS YOU CAN EARN PASSIVE INCOME EACH MONTH

“Every day you have the chance to build your day better” – Alex Saenz

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Welcome back, Friends! Yes, I consider you all my friends. Why else would I be trying to help you make money?

Do you know what makes us closer? It is our goal. We all have the same goal to become rich, not just look rich. And here, I will show you how I went about to reach my goal. I personally own every single one of these accounts. Managed by me and now published to you all, so you can take advantage of it too.

Always looking to do better in life, my parents did a great job raising me, but never had anyone to really guide me in the right direction to reach my goal as a millionaire. Until one day it clicked for me! Each person has its strengths and weaknesses. So, what if I learn what each successful, wealthy person I meet, do good? Oh yeah! The results are amazing. We will start from the most profitable to the least, but don’t get that word wrong here; “least” still makes easy $30-$60 every month and I only spend about 5-6 hours each month on it. There more time you give it, the better results you will get.

Let’s get started!

1. Earn 3-8% with minimal effort

Stop paying more in monthly fees than what you receive on interest. Become the bank and earn interest each month on your money. Just like banks, we will use one of the oldest ways to earn passive income. Through LendingClub.

Historical interest earnings are 3-8%, although there are ways to weed out possible bad loans. I like to put my probabilities on my side.

My risk or the most I can lose if anything goes wrong is $25. My profits are much bigger than that.

So far, my readers that have the best results, are the ones that started with $5,0000 because they also get a $75 dollar bonus. That translates to 3 free loans that will earn you money and you didn’t spend a dime on them. Obviously, you don’t need to start with that amount, $2,500 is what the platform suggests be ideal in order to diversify.

Some restrictions apply. Get your account here.

2. Invest and get Free Stocks

I opened an account with this platform that is disrupting the brokerage industry by offering commission-free trading and one free stock when you open an account.

Robinhood is a U.S. based financial services company in Menlo Park, California. I make money in 3 different ways with them.

* Bought dividend-paying stocks

* Capital gains

* Free stocks every time my friends join

It is a very basic platform, but it beats the purpose if you are like me. With a full-time job and no time during the day to trade in and out. Slowly but steady wins the race.

Get your account here.

3. Grow your oak!

With this app, I effortlessly saved $479 in 2018, profit with capital gains and dividends. Today, my account seats at $669. Not just that, but if you buy through the app at your favorite brands, you get free money deposited into your account.

Acorns is a very simple app to use and set up. It lets you save, invest, generate passive income and get cashback, all in one place.

Invest as little as $5 every month, get your round-up feature set up with your credit or debit card and get a $5 Bonus when you sign up.

Get your account here.

4. Get paid to test apps

You already use apps on your Smartphone. Now, you can also get paid to try new apps.

Appcoiner connects you with companies developing apps.

It costs thousands of dollars for app developers just to see their app fall to the bottom of the app world and never be heard of. They are willing to pay people like you, for trying out their apps and giving back an honest review. As simple as that!

Get your account here.

5. Become a Landlord without the hassle

Technology can help you in tremendous ways. Today, you can become a landlord, and benefit from investing in real estate without needing hundreds or thousands of dollars. A small $500 investment can get you started.

Fundrise is a platform for real-estate investing, that splits your money between two portfolios that support private real estate in the United States.

You can set it up for income, capital gains or a mix of both. Get paid from renters all over the U.S.

Get your account here.

6. Unlock your phone and get paid

Every morning, I get paid to unlock my phone. This app partners up with brands willing to pay people like you and me, to look at their ads.

S’more is the name of the app, and it sounds very tasty.

You can make extra money by watching short 15-30 seconds of ads and doing surveys. Totally optional.

Get your app here.

7. Bank $90 for holiday shopping

One of my readers’ favorite and mine also. It has a wide variety of ways to make money.

Swagbucks will let you earn by watching videos, answering surveys, doing daily tasks, searching the web and many other ways.

Get a $5 bonus when you sign up and earn 2,500 SB within your first 60 days.

Get your cash into your paypal account or redeem it with a gift card. The choice is yours.

Get your account here.

8. Keep walking Johnnie Walker

This app is aiming to help improve health by paying people to walk outside more often.

Sweatcoin is an app that lets you gain money daily depending on how much walking you do. It has different levels and daily bonuses. Super easy and super simple. Get paid for walking.

Get your app here.

9. Scratch and win money from your phone

What is more satisfying than buying a scratch-off ticket at the gas station and winning? Well, playing scratch-off for free on your phone and winning!

You can play and earn for free with Lucktastic (sorry iPhoners, Android only).

Lucktastic is supported by advertising, allowing high payouts and free games. They say instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. Besides cash, there are also tokens that you earn and you can redeem free gift cards from big retailers.

Get your app here.

10. Get paid for your opinion

This app pays you to watch movie previews, celebrity videos, the latest news, searching the web but mostly answering surveys. They also have other ways to earn money but we cover that in another article.

Inboxdollars is the app we use. Availability is subject to change but it is completely possible to earn up to $200 a month from watching videos and giving your opinion.

I don’t have much time to spend on this, due to work and other projects I’m currently working on and still was able to pull $43 for January and $65 for February. Imagine what you can do if you have the time.

Easy, passive income from home.

Get your app here.

Well, there you have it. 10 easy ways you can earn passive income each month. I hope it helps.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth. If you liked it, pay it forward. Share it on social media and help others become successful as well. There is plenty of room for all of us. In the end, your success will only depend on you and not what others do.

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YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM YOU WILL EVER NEED

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Let’s learn how to take control of our financial freedom today. Use the exact same blueprint I used for my financial freedom.

WHAT IS THE BEST MONEY MAKING APPROACH?

There are thousands’ of money making models out there, so I guess you are here to see which of them is the best fit for you. If you need someone with a financial background, like a B.A. in Accounting, you get one here, for free. I’ve been trying different approaches at growing my money in order to not depend solely on my job; especially after retirement.

I learned that the average millionaire has 7 to 8 sources of income. Following on their footsteps, I have become financially free. What I mean by free is, my passive income is making me an amount of money which surpasses my expenses.

DO YOU NEED A BACHELORS IN FINANCE TO DO THIS?

Now remember, it was not done in a month or two. It took some work, sacrifices, discipline and time. It takes money to make money, right?

HOW DID I DO IT?

1. Automate your savings and grow them at the same time

First thing I did was opening a savings account that will help me grow my money over time. It has an easy set up and it is one of those set it and forget it type of models. Just let it compound over the years.

It has several features:

A. Saves your money automatically by rounding up your debit/credit card to the next dollar. When it hits $5, it transfers it out from your checking account into the app account. Then the next feature takes place…

B. The money that you just saved will automatically be invested in the stock market. You can choose if you want to be more heavily invested in stocks, bonds or a mix of both. This step needs to be done only once. It will automatically do it for you after first time set up. Also receive dividends from the stocks you hold.

C. Found money feature lets you buy at your favorite brands and stores through the app and they will give you cash back or reinvest into your account.

Get your ACORNS account.

2. Easy source of income with Real Estate

Then I saved $500 to open an account where I can get some exposition to Real Estate. The reason why I prefer to do it digitally is because I became a landlord without the hassle.

For this type of investment I have a longer time horizon, meaning years. I’m planning on getting money out after I retire, not before. And since Real Estate takes it’s time to develop, I will take my time to let it panned out.

The $500 will get you in with the Starter Portfolio where you can split your money between two portfolios. In order to start using all the features available you need to save $1,000 to reach the next level called Core. By all means you can start here if you have the money available.

After reaching Core level you choose between 3 investment plans…

Supplemental Income

  • Aim to earn returns via quarterly dividends, with less appreciation.
  • Invest in an income-oriented real estate private equity strategy
  • Portfolio allocated primarily to debt real estate assets

Balanced Investing

  • Aim to earn returns via a blend of dividends and appreciation
  • Invest in a balanced mix of income and growth strategies
  • Portfolio allocated across both debt and equity real estate assets

Long Term Growth

  • Aim to earn returns via appreciation in share value, with fewer dividends
  • Invest in a growth-oriented real estate private equity strategy
  • Portfolio allocated more towardequity real estate assets

If you want to get into Real Estate, FUNDRISE is your way to go.

3. Be the Bank

Just as Real Estate has stood the test of time, so have Loans. With this advance in technology now you can become the bank, lend $25 per loan and get paid.

The downside here is you need money to open this account. If you want just the basic stuff you need $1,000 to be exact; although they recommend you begin with $2,500 in order to mitigate risk of losing. If you want to get free notes with full features and $75 bonus, then you need to save $5,000.

Now to the good part. They claim historical returns over the long term is 3%-8% but as you can see on the picture below, I’m currently at 11.55%. If you open an account shoot me an email and I will show you a few tricks to weed out bad investments. Free of charge of course.

LENDINGCLUB is your pass to play the Bank, but with real money, getting paid for real; not Monopoly money.

Note: Currently only residents of the following States may invest in LENDINGCLUB notes: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, or WY.

4. Build a wealth mindset

Ever dreamed of becoming a trader and making money on the markets? Today is your lucky day because you can open your account, and receive a free stock like Sprint, Apple, Microsoft or many others.

The simplest way you can do this is by buying dividend paying stocks. I suggest you take a look at this list.

Great Dividend Stocks include stocks with both consistent multi-year dividend growth and steady price appreciation.

Dividend Achievers are stocks that trade on the NYSE  or NASDAQ and have increased its annual dividend for at least 10 years or more.

Dividend Aristocrats, are stocks that have increased its annual dividend for 25 years or more.

Dividend Kings are stocks that have increased its annual dividend for 50 years or more.

You can buy some of this stocks and know that price will increase over time but almost surely your dividend will increase yearly. Giving you bigger payouts.

Get your ROBINHOOD account today.

5. Extra Income

The following accounts I don’t use to build wealth but to get some extra cash every month. They are similar but offer many options when it comes to receiving your money.

SWAGBUCKS will pay you for giving your opinion on surveys, watching videos, and a wide variety of other ways.

INBOXDOLLARS will also pay you for giving your opinion on surveys, watching videos, and many other ways.

LUCKTASTIC is the modern way to play Lottery by scratching digital tickets. You can win cash, gift cards or tokens.

6. Fix your credit score

If you want to become wealthy, one way you need to get started is by improving your credit score. Credit Sesame will give you tips by email to help you get where you need to be.

7. Save, get cash back and much more…

Ease on your pocket by getting the best you can in Car insurance. Gabi will compare your current insurance and will find you if any other Insurance Company is offering the same insurance at a lower price.

Get offers, save and get cash back in your groceries. It is a great way to stay in budget and keep your fridge full. Ibotta will give you this and much more. Give it a try.

Paribus is a program that will scan your emails and get you cash back when the item you bought drops in price. It also gets you compensated when your shipment is late. Don’t delete your emails anymore and rip the benefits of this program.

MY RATING SYSTEM

I give ratings to my investments from 0 to 10. Main variables are:

* Ease of set up

* Ability to make money

* Consistency

* Price

* Special features

ACORNS 9/10 (only downside is if the market sells off, although we know it will be temporarily, everything else is great)

FUNDRISE 9/10 (it is a slow investment, need patience but it’s totally worth it)

LENDINGCLUB 9/10 (only hurdle is the amount of money to get started, once you get over that hurdle you will not stop smiling)

ROBINHOOD 8/10 (super simple platform, need more features if you plan to day trade)

SWAGBUCKS 7/10 (need time for surveys, you can let videos run in the background)

INBOXDOLLARS 7/10 (need time for surveys, you can let videos run in the background)

LUCKTASTIC 6/10 (at least for me the cash prices have been low, although I read about others making $100, maybe I’m not lucky enough, lol)

CREDIT SESAME 10/10 (everything you need to improve your credit score you can find here)

GABI 10/10 (super easy to do and save me over $900 for the year by switching to the new insurance company)

IBOTTA 9/10 (easy to use and offers many options)

PARIBUS 10/10 (easy set up and you have to do nothing but wait)

CONCLUSIONS

Hopefully, you’ve already put an eye on a money making technique that you liked. If you are still unsure, start from the simplest techniques and move up. I recommend you open an account for each type of approach. They are uncorrelated and that will help you grow faster when the cycle comes around. Like the Chinese saying goes “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is today”. Today is your day to plant your tree.

Hope it helps! Leave your comment below.

Remember, it’s all about the road to wealth. If you liked it, pay it forward. Don’t forget to share it in social media and help others become successful as well. There is plenty of room for all of us. In the end, your success will only depend on you and not what others do.

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HOW TO BUILD AN EASY, S.M.A.R.T. BUDGET

“Don’t underestimate the power of consistency and desire” – Unknown.

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My friends! We have a simple goal here, and the goal is to become rich, not just look rich. So, how do we get there? Well, you have to put your money to work for you. In order to do that, you need to ensure that every single cent that you receive as income has a job to do.

But Joey, what does that mean? It means that you have to prepare a plan, follow that plan and tweak it as necessary. If you still don’t understand or don’t know how to budget, don’t be ashamed. You are not alone!

What I learned from wealthy friends is, they know how much they will make, they know how much has to go towards paying the bills. They also know how much they want to save and invest. Finally, they know how much they will have for fun. Yes, when you prepare your budget, ensure to account for some fun and entertainment too.

Let’s begin with the basics. Before we draw our map, we need to understand what we are doing. We will definitely not learn this on Instagram or Twitter. You have several options. If you know Excel, you can do this a lot quicker than most since the formulas will help you automate the results. If you are not tech-savvy, then you can write it on paper and will probably need a calculator to plug in the numbers and results.

What is a S.M.A.R.T. budget? It is an easy acronym that helps you remember what is important when you are planning and preparing your budget.

Specific – you need to be specific with your financial goal and know what do you want to do with your money. That includes the short term (buying something now) and long term (plans for retirement).

Measurable – as you go, you want to see your progress. That is how you will know if you need to step it up or just keep going with the flow. It will also help you see if you overspent or underspent and where.

Achievable – In order for your budget to be successful, it needs to be achievable. If necessary, you can examine your budget at the end of the month to compare your projected numbers against your actual numbers. Make adjustments as you go and if necessary.

Realistic – you need to be honest. For example, you plan to spend $20 eating out at your favorite restaurants but you know you like to order Dominos, take friends or family to Burger King and pay for them, and end up at the Chinese buffet to end the week. Know your tendencies and patterns.

Time-oriented – In order to achieve your financial goals and meet your timeline, you need to break down the big goals into small steps that will gradually take you to where you want to be.

Now that you have a better understanding of what a SMART budget is, know that making your budget is just the first step. You need to keep planning. Discipline and perseverance will help you sustain it and improve it.

Few tricks to making a budget that works are:

* Ensure every penny of your income has a job to do. If you don’t account for every cent you make and don’t give it a job before you even receive it, that penny will find a place to land and most likely will not be where you want.

* Do not charge your credit cards more than you can afford. A big problem is that many of us use our credit cards when we already used up all of our cash. But we are wrong. The right way to use a credit card is having the funds available in your account. That way it won’t hurt you when it’s time to pay off your card. A rule you can use is the rule of 7. When you are tempted to buy something, wait 7 days. Then ask yourself again if you still want it. More than likely you won’t.

* Review your budget several times for adjustments. You want to have this budget ready before you get paid. Do not wait until you start paying your bills, or your money will have control over you instead of the other way around. It is essential that you sit down, review your budget and make adjustments. Stay on top of your game. The great MLB hitters are the ones that prepare for the pitcher they will face. They don’t wait until the pitcher is on the mount to ask for a scouting report.

* Know how much money you have at all times. Staying with the MLB analogy, life is great at throwing us curve balls. We need to know what we have in order to prepare for the unexpected things that happen every month.

* Always track your spending. Your rent, car loan, and some other bills rarely change. We know we won’t overspend there. But dining out, buying groceries, buying on vending machines at school or work can throw us off. By the way, get cashback and great offers in groceries with Ibotta. Just register for free and see how much you will save each month.

Without further ado, let’s see how a budget should look like. At the beginning of the month, we use projected numbers but at the end of the month we use actual numbers to know what adjustments are needed.

Let’s begin with:

Projected income:

All of your income, paycheck, wages or whatever and add any extra income you make, like answering surveys online, washing cars, paint houses, cut grass, etc.

Projected Housing expenses:

Mortgage / Rent, Phone, Electricity, Gas, Water and sewer, cable/internet, waste removal, maintenance or repairs, supplies, other

Projected Loans:

Personal loans, student loans, credit cards, etc.

Projected transportation expenses:

Vehicle payment, insurance, gas, maintenance, other.

Projected savings:

Savings will vary by individual needs. You can use a percentage of your income. If you choose that option, then do this step first before anything. Another option is to use a specific amount. Option three is taking an amount from what is left after paying all bills.

Projected entertainment:

Movies, concerts, sporting events, other.

Projected balance:

This is what you projected as your income and subtract all the expenses and savings. Ensure this number is positive. This is the amount that you will have left for your personal use or whatever you decide to spend it on.

Tools used to aid with budgeting:

Acorns – automated savings, investing and cashback rewards, rolled into one. Just $1 monthly fee. (full report)

Credit Sesame – raise your credit score and follow their tips. You will be able to get lower rates in future loans, hence pay less and save money. (full report)

Fundrise – easiest way to save and grow your money while becoming a landlord without the hassle. The best part is you can start with only $500. (full report)

Gabi – is a service that will help you find the lowest price you can find for your car insurance. I saved $936 when I switched. And it took me no more than 10 minutes. (full report)

Ibotta – Save on groceries, get offers and rewards every week. Bonuses and cashback. (full report)

Inboxdollars – watch videos, answer surveys, search the web, get paid, transfer to your paypal account. I use it for extra income (full report)

Lucktastic – extra income, scratch digital lottery tickets, join different contests to win free groceries, free gas, or cash. (full report)

Swagbucks – extra income, get paid to watch videos, search the web, answer surveys and much, much more. (full report)

LendingClub – is my number one (#1) choice to save, and grow your money substantially. But, it is restricted to the United States and some states can’t invest either. Cross your fingers your state is in and not out. Also, you will need some money saved to begin. In order to get all the bonuses, you need to begin with $5,000. If you don’t want the bonuses, it is recommended you begin with half of that. (full report)

Paribus – will verify your emails, keep track of the price you paid for items and get your money back when the item’s price drops. Also, can get you compensated when your shipment is late. Everything while you sleep or go about your day. (full report)

Robinhood – my number one platform for trading. Commission-free and simple. Plus get a free stock like Amazon or Coca Cola when you sign up. (full report)

S’more – easy extra income, download to your phone, get paid every morning when you unlock your phone. Get extra points when you watch videos or complete surveys. Redeem prices. (full report)

Sweatcoin – more extra income, download to your phone, get paid to walk outside your house or building. The idea is to give incentives to individuals while helping them to get or stay in shape. (full report)

Truebill – save on monthly bills and stop overpaying for them too. This app will search for refunds and it will also negotiate on your behalf to get better deals. (full report)

Wish.com – Is my favorite site to buy items coming from China, cutting the middle man out of the picture. Cheaper than eBay, Amazon, Walmart, you name it. Use code: PJXXZYH (full report)

I will leave you with a picture so you know what it needs to look like. At the beginning of the month is going to be projected, but ensure that you keep track of your numbers throughout the month and do it again at the end of the month with your actual numbers. That is how you know, what type of adjustments you have to make. Also, modify it as necessary. Everyone’s circumstances are different.

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