Saturday, 16 May 2015

My Weekly Top 5: On Here, Over There (and Over To You)--16 May 2015 (UPDATED)

Another week has gone and it is time for my weekly round up of various posts around the web that caught my eye as well as the most read here on The Dividend Drive

As usual, the summary last week saw a lot of interest from you so hopefully again there is plenty in here to catch your interest.

Also, in related news, I have added a separate Top 5 section in my page which includes Every(ish) Post on this site. So, if you want to look at past ones, have a trot over to that page.

As always, this is going to include your favourite articles "On Here" (that is on The Dividend Drive) and my favourite articles "Over There" (that is, on other personal finance sites I read).

And "Over To You"? Well that is an invite for you to highlight any articles you came across that you found interesting and not included in the list below.

Anyway, here goes my list for 16 May. Enjoy!

"On Here"

NOTE: The "On Here" list is purely quantitative. It is the posts with the most unique reads that week (not including other Top 5 lists).When marked "New" it means they were not on last week's list not necessarily that were published this week.

As is invariably the case, the two new articles on the Dividend Drive take prominent spots. This week is unusual though in that they are both related to new additions to my portfolio. One is a direct buy and the other an arrival after an acquisition. Both are interesting additions for different reasons though!

Outside of these new posts my April dividend income and trading update was popular again as was my little post on the fee-free broker, RobinHood, and its international expansion.

For the first time ever, however, we have a joint 5th place with one--on my 5 cheap US brokers who accept foreign investors--entering the top 5 for the first time ever in its life after a surge in interest this week (possibly stimulated by my RobinHood post)

Anyway, without any further ado, here is my breakdown for the week beginning 9 May 2015:

  1. New: BUY: AstraZeneca--Healthy Future in Healthcare?
  2. New: I'm Exposed in the US! XL Group Joins My Portfolio After Catlin Acquisition
  3. Loved By the Good? Fee-free Broker RobinHood Looking to Expand Internationally--Anyone Used Them?
  4. April 2015: Dividend Income and Trading Activity
  5. This month something a little bit special. A joint 5th place!
    1. 5 Cheap US Stock Brokers who accept UK-resident Account Holders
    2. I'm Bringing FTSE Back: Linking My Portfolio Yield Goal to the FTSE 100 Yield

"Over There"

NOTE: The "Over There" nothing like the "On Here" list. It is qualitative through and through and is simply chosen by me from what I read (and mostly commented on) during the week. It is not really a ranking but a motley bag of (excellent) items.

So what about articles published elsewhere. Here is a little list of what caught my eye.

This again is a wonderful mix of fascinating articles. From asking how much are your possessions worth to you and what would you replace if they were are lost or destroyed to a new free Open University course on investments which started this week.

Hopefully you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

Budgeting and Frugality

FIRE (Financial Independence/Retiring Early) Planning and Strategy
FIRE (Financial Independence/Retiring Early) Progress


General Personal Finance

Misc (who doesn't like a good "Misc" category?)

"Over to You"

Anyway, that is it for this week. And here, as promised an age ago (or rather a few lines above), the "Over to You" bit.

What did you read this week that you found really interesting related to investing, personal finance or financial independence?

Make a comment below and include a link. Then we can all take a look!

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  1. Hey DD
    Thanks for the shout out - great list, a few goodies there that I'd missed.
    Hope you have a nice weekend!

    1. My pleasure, weenie. Glad there were some things you missed!

      It's been good so far. A bit of gardening, a bit of reading, a beer or two and very little work! May get round to starting the OU course!

      Hope you have a good one too!

  2. Hey D², thanks for the mention. One article I enjoyed this week was on the UK Value Investor site, where John speculated about whether the FTSE would be more likely to be at 10k or 5k by the year 2020. I like articles like this because they show a person's thought processes and attitudes towards the wider economy.


    1. My pleasure, M.

      Yes, I liked that one one as well! I am not quite sure why it was not included as it was posted (and I commented on it) before I had locked-down the list. I will add it now!

      It is interesting to read that. There was a similar article on the Motley Fool on Friday too on the "Great Crash of 2015." Not as good/interesting as John's, however.

      Thanks for the addition!

  3. Thanks for the mention :-)

    I would like to second your recommendation for the OU course. I worked my way through Week 1 and found it very worthwhile - so long as you can drag yourself away from the extensive comments which are addictive reading (I know, sad or what).

    Also, dearieme recommended another useful article on my post this week.

    1. My pleasure!

      Yes, I can't wait to sink my teeth into the course. Glad you have enjoyed it so far. I will try not to get too addicted to the comments!

      Thanks for article. It is rather interesting. I will add it to the list!