The Beta Post

Passive income, personal finance and fintech.

My two financial goals for 2018

2017 was the year I changed my investment strategy and started blogging about it. In earlier years I experienced great volatility due to an extreme apatite for risk, but this was not the case for 2017. I now believe I've found an investment strategy that suits me well, and I'll be sure to follow the same path in 2018.

Dividend report December 2017

As anticipated December was a somewhat slow month for my portfolio. Beside my 4 holdings which pays a monthly dividend I only received dividends from two other companies. But in total December came out in three digits, which is much appreciated. Maybe I'll never see a two digit month again?

How to get stock quotes using PHP and YQL

Yahoo has a great technology called Yahoo! Query Language (abbr. YQL) which enables you to structure dynamic data from websites and perform queries on that data just as you would within a database. In this post I will illustrate how I use YQL to display stock quotes on this blog.

Dividend report November 2017

I currently have a total of 19 stocks in my portfolio, and during November a stunning 12 of them paid out dividends. No wonder November is by far my best month this year, beating my previous record with nearly 100%!

The fall of CBL

Last Friday one of my positions dropped 23% on one day. The stock in question is the REIT CBL, owner of several malls in the US. The decline was a real wake up call for me, and moving forward I must be more selective of my purchases as my appetite for risk has changed.