As usual, the summary last week saw a lot of interest from you all. Hopefully there is plenty in here to catch your interest again and please do suggest anything interesting you bumped into which I have not included.
Just a reminder about my 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 there.
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 30 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.
Only one new article was published this week but it attracted a lot of interest which is good. It was specifically relating to ShareGift and how it is a charity which allows you to--free of charge--donate shares which then go on to help charity. However, it was also a post on the bigger question of how you combine investing and charity (if you do).
Outside of this new post the rest of the top 5 has remained pretty similar to last week as last week's top 5 continued to pull in the reads.
Anyway, without any further ado, here is my breakdown for the week beginning 23 May 2015:
- New: Shareholding Too Small to Sell? How Others Can Benefit from Your Tiny Unwanted Shares
- A Minor Miner Addition: South32 Joins My Portfolio After BHP Billiton Demerger
- BUY: Legal & General--Growth and Income Going for a Song?
- BUY: AstraZeneca--Healthy Future in Healthcare?
- 5 Cheap US Stock Brokers who accept UK-resident Account Holders
"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. However, this week--unlike last week where FIRE articles predominated--this week saw the broader theme of investing taking the lion's share.
FIRE progress updates was low on the ground. However, I strongly suspect next week being the start of a new month will be bursting at the seams with that content.
Anyway, hopefully you enjoy reading these as much as I did.
FIRE (Financial Independence/Retiring Early) Planning and Strategy
- Asset Allocation 2: Allocate Harder (Finance Zombie)--How do you put together a perfectly parsimonious and practical asset allocation for the long term? Mr Z has a quick look.
- Microfinancing - a good way to donate? (Finance Zombie)--Linked to my post earlier on possible ways to link charity to your investing. This covers Deki. It's a great scheme. I have signed up a little and will soon integrate it more firmly into the DD Donation Drive.
FIRE (Financial Independence/Retiring Early) Progress
- Monthly Goal Update: April 2015 (Financially Free by Forty)--A nice update on the solid performance FFB40 is making towards his huge array of personal and financial goals.
- Valuing the UK Equities Market (FTSE 100) - May 2015 (Retirement Early Today)--RIT takes another look at the long-term value of the FTSE 100 and how it affects his allocation.
- Calculating dividend growth length (Dividend Life)--DL maintains the excellent UK Dividend Champions list. Here he asks for an opinion on how best to maintain the list. Do chip in your thoughts. They will be invaluable.
- The Priceless Art of Not Caring (Motley Fool US: Morgan Housel)--A nice little on article on why not caring (at least, not caring as much) is the way to succeed in investing. Pretty solid advice I believe! Can we follow it though?
- An Investment Lifeboat Drill Now Can Help Weather Future Disaster (New York Times: Carl Richards)--How to make some effort--of sorts--to prepare you for a market crash.
- Portfolio construction is an underrated skill (Financially Integrated)--How much do you invest in mid caps and small caps? Here is a little post on how to balance them in your portfolio.
- Simple Investing Principles to Follow (Dividend Growth Investor)--A nice little run down of some basic principles every private investor should follow. Always worth reminding yourself of these from time to time!
Budgeting and Frugality
- Middle-Class inflation – it’s big, it’s bad, and it’s eating your lifestyle (Simple Living in Suffolk)--Fascinating dismantling of the plight of the (upper) middle class who aren't helping themselves.
- 3 Paths to Spending Like a Jedi (The Escape Artist)--Do you follow the path of the student? Do you like your budgeting in the flavour of cold turkey? Or do you prefer a little deflation in you life? Take a look here.
General Personal Finance
- Gifting the Inheritance Away (Keeper of the Cauldron)--Personal finance is nothing if not personal. Cerridwen us a little insight into this.
- Are Regular Savers worth the faff? (Finance Zombie)--Thinking about opening a Regular Savings account for the higher interest? Fair enough. Read this first though.
Misc (who doesn't like a good "Misc" category?)
- The ultimate detox? Woman who lives a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle can fit two years of rubbish in a jar (The Stylist)--Quite an impressive story. She has a blog over at Trash is for Tossers. May be of interest.
"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!