Sometime in my mid-twenties, I decided I wanted to stay in the Maryland area and buy a home.
I could afford a mortgage around $1,500 per month based on my expensesmostly student loan paymentsand salary.If I found the perfect home, I could stretch to afford around$1,750 per month.
As I searched for my future home, I played a financial game with myself. Id soon be saddled with a $1,500 mortgage, so why not spend like I had one already? Why not pay a pretend mortgage before my real one so I had a better idea of what it would feel like?
When I was looking for a home, I was sharing a two-bedroom apartment with a friend and paying $600 a month, plus utilities. It wasa steep jump to go from $600 to $1,500 a month, so playing this game was important.
At the time, I wasbudgeting using an app, so I knew I could handle the increase.
Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Digital Realty Trust Inc.(DLR)
- [By Lisa Levin]
DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) shares shot up 10 percent to $61.07. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) announced plans to merge with DuPont Fabros.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
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Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Virtus Investment Partners Inc.(VRTS)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ: VRTS) got a boost, shooting up 19 percent to $111.05 following Q3 results. Virtus Investment posted Q3 earnings of $1.64 per share on revenue of $82.3 million.
Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Protective Life Corporation(PL)
- [By David Sterman]
My favorite insurers: AIG (NYSE: AIG) (which I discussed a few months ago), Protective Life (NYSE: PL) and Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE: RGA).
Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Brookline Bancorp Inc.(BRKL)
- [By Dividends4Life]
Memberships and Peers: PBCT is a member of the S&P 500 and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers Index. The company’s peer group includes: Bank of America Corporation (BAC) with a 0.3% yield, Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (BRKL) with a 3.7% yield and Westfield Financial Inc. (WFD) with a 3.5% yield.
Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: Old National Bancorp Capital Trust I(ONB)
- [By kiplinger]
Old National Bancorp (ONB) is a 181-year-old financial institution with 195 branches, mainly in the Midwest. The stock, which is still down by about one-third from its prerecession high, trades at just 13 times projected 2016 earnings and yields an attractive 3.4%. If interest rates ever rise, the bank should benefit from a widening spread between its cost of funds and the interest rates borrowers pay.It’s a favorite of David Dreman, author of the classic 1980 book Contrarian Investment Strategy. His philosophy: “We believe that the markets are not perfectly efficient.” Some stocks, in other words, are judged by the market to be cheaper than their actual worth.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.
Hot Financial Stocks To Buy For 2018: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)
- [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]
My favorite at the moment is QCR Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGM:QCRH).
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Moline, IL, the bank has a strong regional lending base in Illinois and Iowa that should grow in line with the broader national economy. I particularly like the fact that the bank considers itself relationship-driven at a time when trust is in short supply.
- [By Ben Levisohn]