The Peace that Comes from Dividend Investing

We are living through history. And, as I suspect has been the case for most folks throughout history with a conscious feeling of “living through history,” it doesn’t feel great. The REIT Dude has been “sheltered in place” with Mrs. REIT Dude and Baby REIT Dude for a bit more than a month now. IContinue reading “The Peace that Comes from Dividend Investing”

Portfolio Haircuts and Dividend Investing in the Age of Social Distancing

The world continues to be frightening and feel insane. I, like many of you, am working from home for the next couple of weeks. It’s difficult to focus on work because I keep refreshing news sites and Google Finance, only to discover that San Francisco has a “shelter in place” order in effect, the marketContinue reading “Portfolio Haircuts and Dividend Investing in the Age of Social Distancing”

How to Evaluate a Potential REIT Investment: Evaluating Essex Property Trust, Inc. (ESS)

Obviously REIT evaluation, like stock evaluation generally, is complex. There is really no end to the amount of data you can consider, analysis you can do, and so forth. Suffice it to say that I’m not going to be able to accurately or adequately sum up the entire process of REIT evaluation in a singleContinue reading “How to Evaluate a Potential REIT Investment: Evaluating Essex Property Trust, Inc. (ESS)”

Why Not Just Buy Index Funds?

For any reasonably aware investor, the first question for the REIT Dude would be “Why bother with any of this?  Why not just invest in a low-cost S&P 500 index fund like SPY or, even better, a low cost total-market index fund like VTI/VTSAX?  Why, You the Hypothetical Discerning Investor (“YTHDI”) might ask, should youContinue reading “Why Not Just Buy Index Funds?”

Why This Blog Exists

Who am I? I am a litigator in my early 30s from California. I don’t have an MBA, I’ve never worked on Wall Street, and the closest I’ve come to starting a hedge fund is getting together some funds to buy a hedge in the Home Depot garden department. I am, in short, an amateur,Continue reading “Why This Blog Exists”