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Options. This word seems to evoke fear and revulsion among the investors I personally know (not so many) and is apparently the opposite type of investment that any truly conservative investor would utilize from what I've read through other blogs or inferred from the complete lack of coverage. I've been studying them in depth over the past month, familiarizing myself with their vocabulary (for example who knew you could be long and short at the same time??) and attempting to wrap my head around what makes them so great? Are options really that dangerous for investors?


 
 
Well I purchased my first share! I actually purchased it awhile ago, it has just taken forever to get confirmation and get enrolled on the DRIP plan. But today I received my confirmation and am now officially a shareholder and have my first DRIP plan set up. Now if only the share price would drop a bit more... :P 

Presently, Monmouth REIT (NYSE: MNR) is trading at $10.75 I'd really like to reinvest in it at $10/share though and they require a minimum contribution amount of $500 (yikes!!). I guess I'll be socking away some money to cover this (courtesy of Barclays). :P Fortunately for me, they charge no fees for processing contributions and, best of all, I get a 5% discount off the market price when purchasing through my DRIP plan. That is like receiving a 5% gain right there! 

 
 
Having grown up in Africa, I heard this phrase uttered all the time: "Doni Doni" It means "Little by little". Most cultures have a saying that means something to this effect, and often stories to support it (for example, the tortoise and the hare). Presently I am facing some tough financial decisions. I have decided not to debt anymore, and I am rapidly increasing my personal education about both money management and investing, but all this makes me want to change now and faster than my modest income as a pizza delivery guy allows. :P It is tough, however not to rush into the market.

I've been eyeing several stocks for quite some time and would like to build some stock positions, but at the same time, I have over $40,000 in debt that needs dealing with as well, so I've got some choices to make on priorities. Do I pay down debt now and invest later, or do I take advantage of current trends and growing stocks and jump into the market at the same time as I pay down my debt.