Preferred Shares Aren’t Just for the Pros

One of the more unpopular asset classes right now is a stock/bond hybrid called preferred shares. While they’re called shares, they have more in common with bonds. Preferred shares have a par value, coupon, and maturity date, just like bonds. And the nice thing about...

I Now Pronounce You…

As a copywriter, I collaborated from time to time with a friend, a marketing consultant, and we worked as a team. On one occasion, we drove to another city to spend a day with a client – let’s call him Dave. After the meeting, as we walked back to the car, I...

Investing and Crystal Vases

A few months ago, my wife and I celebrated our 15th anniversary. Over the years, I have tried to stick to the traditional gifts for anniversaries. For year 15, that means crystal. I had decided that I would get her a crystal vase and fill it with 15 roses, one for...