Well, hello there world. As any of my followers or readers were aware of, I was in fear of going on disability earlier this month after losing job #4 to Meniere’s Disease. Given, they were very good jobs, as I’ve never made more than $9/hr, despite having a high school education, a degree in computer networking, a certificate of completion for precision machining, and a skilled trade. Luckily, and I do mean LUCKILY, a job I was turned down for in Feburary has since been setting up to hire me.
Originally, since June of 2013, I was in the process of getting a job with the Huntsville Police Department. Now, keep in mind, not as an officer; that’s a whole can of worms I’d rather not deal with, as currently meth abuse is rising again, and heroin has made a comeback in the Rocket City. Plus, violence is increasing as the city grows, expands, and progresses. We have even gotten to the point of growth of entertaining the idea of a light rail system; already have three dedicated taxi companies, plus shuttles. And let’s be honest here, there isn’t any reason Huntsville, AL, shouldn’t grow. We have the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, Remington, LG Electronics, Verizon Wireless, Adtran, Digium, Redstone Arsenal, 3M, Daikin, General Electric, Delphi, Huntsville International Airport, Bimbo Bakery, Qualitiest Pharmaceuticals; and there is even more talk of more companies, such as Cabela’s, Cheesecake Factory, Macy’s, Joe’s Crab Shack.
As I was saying, the job is with the Huntsville Police Department, not in an officer capacity, and more specifically a city job. It pays well($13.56 starting), and has amazing benefits. I’ll be able to survive, support my wife, and save money.
But it’s gotten me to thinking. Yes, I will be able to do this job. It is for a records clerk position, aka clerical, and beats construction. It means I’ll finally be able to be paid for using my brain and not my back. But what it’s gotten me to thinking of is investing some of my money properly and wisely.
Now, the thing you learn about investing is it’s a lot like gambling. More like casino gambling, not Mafia gambling, unless you’re dealing with Wall Street. But guys like Dave Ramsey, Jim Cramer, Warren Buffet, etc, always say that when you start investing and learning how to invest, but what you know. Check stocks on top companies. What little research I’ve gathered, I’ve found 13 companies to invest in safely. Now, I’m not going to invest in all 13 at once. I want my investment to pay off, not default.
The main companies I’ve found to invest in are:
1. Nintendo: This is a company everyone is familiar with. If you’re like me, you always had a gameboy in your back pocket when you were a kid, along with a pocket knife and matches(I’m a Southern man who grew up in a town of 300 in the 90’s; we threw caution to the wind, just like our parents did in the 60’s and 70’s). And the thing is, despite Sony, Xbox, Sega, and countless other gaming manufacturers, Nintendo has never competed with them. Why? Because Nintendo is a super-intelligent company. Sony and Xbox have lost millions due to advertising, game hold-ups, etc. But Nintendo, however, can spend $254 Million everyday over the next 25 years and not go bankrupt. They use the latest technology, hold their own patents, and use their money wisely. They will apparently never go broke, or out of business. Out of companies like Sega, Atari, other companies, they’re still around and growing.
2. Toyota: Another Japanese company, despite Toyota having to recall Prius’s and Camrys, people still but Toyota. Why? Because they make a damn good vehicle, and they take responsibility for their actions. Toyotas are known for reliability. My best friend’s dad only drove Toyota trucks, and never had any problems with it.
3. Coca-Cola: The world’s most popular soda. Anyone looking to invest would be a fool not invest in Coca-Cola. They’re stocks rise every quarter, and like Nintendo, are a money-making machine.
4. CostCo: Why CostCo? Why not Wal-Mart? Well, simply put, Wal-Mart sucks. They don’t pay employees a living wage, have awful benefits, and normally have incompetent management. CostCo, on the other hand, pays employees a living wage, has excellent benefits, and promotes people based on hard-work and merit, not ass kissing. Oh, and they’re beating Wal-Mart on revenue. Wal-Mart claims it can’t pay its employees a living wage and keep prices low, but somehow CostCo is doing just that.
That’s my top four for beginning investing. Nintendo is definitely one to invest in. Keep in mind, there are also CDs(Certificate of Deposit), Gold, Silver, and Savings Bonds(although I believe they’re called something else these days). Now, the companies, plus the other investment methods I mentioned, are safe bets. When you start investing, don’t take risks. You want stocks that will pay off, and potentially triple or quadruple your original investment.