M1 Finance – A Review

This is the story about how I earn my title as a “Dividend Brother.” If you’ve been keeping up with my Trade Journal entries, you might be wondering, “Where are all of Joseph’s great dividend stocks?” The answer is they’ve been here all along, I just haven’t gotten around to writing about them until now. So, let me tell you about my dividend investing strategy, M1 Finance, and why you might consider using a similar strategy with this broker.

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Fear and Greed in a Pandemic

Warren Buffett is likely the most quoted investor of all time. One of his most popular quotes has never been more relevant or bandied about then it is right now.

“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”

Warren Buffet

The fear in the market has created deep discounts and bargains in every sector. It is overwhelming and tantalizing. Companies with strong balance sheets, decades of dividend reliability, and bulwark business models, even in a recession, are now trading at levels investors could only dream of a few months ago.

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The Dividend Brothers’ Investing & Trading Primer

Many of our readers already have a fair bit of knowledge on investing and trading in the US stock market. However, I thought I’d write this little primer on the basics for those of you who are only a few years behind us and are just starting out on on your journey exploring the fascinating world of financial markets. I know from experience the new vocabulary can be confusing and overwhelming. I hope if you are in this position you find this primer to be a helpful, easy-to-understand entry into investing and trading.

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Starting Over With $150

After four months that felt like four years, I’ve started live trading again. It’s a new year, and I’m excited to start fresh on this new leg of my trading journey. I blew up my original account at the end of August, 2019. As of the beginning of the year 2020, I’m starting over with a whopping initial investment of $150. Thank you Robinhood for making such craziness possible. I know all the conventional wisdom says I should have a minimum of $3,000 to start. (And realistically, more like $5,000.) I’ll get there. However, I wanted to get my toes wet using the new strategy I’ve been paper trading for the last four months. 

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Robinhood Launched my Stock Trading Career

“It takes money to make money.”

I have heard this cliche many times over the years. It didn’t truly hit home until the days and weeks after I opened my Robinhood account and launched my stock trading career. 

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