Saturday, 27 June 2015

My Weekly Worthies: On Here, Over There (and Over To You)--27 June 2015

It is that time again. Another week, another round-up of weekly worthies. This time, I have given it a bit of a facelift after suggestions from readers (thanks!).

Time to settle down with a nice well-brewed drink (tea, coffee, beer...whatever your fancy) and maybe a biscuit, cake or two and catch up with what has been published during the week related to financial independence, early retirement, frugality and personal finance more generally (with a little of other bits and pieces thrown in).

As usual, last week's post pulled in a mighty amount of interest from you all. Hopefully there is plenty in here to catch your interest again.

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 27 June. Enjoy!

PS: If you want to look at the archive of previous weekly round-up articles then head over to my Every(ish) Posts page. Here you will find all the articles (except portfolio purchase-related ones) published on the Dividend Drive as well as every weekly round-up to date. Take a look.

"On Here"

NOTE: The "On Here" list is purely quantitative. It is the posts with the most unique reads that week (not including other weekly round-up lists). Here's a little legend for you to explain the symbols:  = newly published; ▲ = moved-up list since last week; ▼ = moved down list since last week; ▬ = same place as last week.

I only published one new article earlier this week on my Triple 60 Challenge . However, as usual this has pulled in the most readers (though it was seriously challenged by the second place Neil Woodford article).

You will notice a lot of red down arrows this week. This is chiefly due to the fact that the two top 5 green up arrow articles had pretty hefty jumps in the number of readers therefore shunting the rest down. This was particularly true of my US brokers article. This seems to jump in and out of the Top list of articles on a fairly regular basis (following global economic trends maybe?)

We also have what I think is the first three-way tie for 10th place. The Investing by Divesting article has been helped along--of course--by being cited in the Triple 60 Challenge article.

Anyway, without any further ado, here is my breakdown for the week beginning 20 June 2015:

  1.  The Triple 60 Challenge: Designing a Simple Daily Decluttering Regime to Minimalist Nirvana
  2. The Maestro's Movers: Neil Woodford's Big Buys and Sells in May 2015
  3. Shifting My Portfolio into "Retirement Gear": Primitive Proposed Plan and Timescales
  4. BUY: WPP--Doubling Up on a Global Media Giant
  5. 5 Cheap US Stock Brokers who accept UK-resident Account Holders
  6. A Minor Miner Addition: South32 Joins My Portfolio After BHP Billiton Demerger
  7. May 2015: Dividend Income, Trading Activity and Portfolio Snapshot
  8. BUY: Legal & General--Growth and Income Going for a Song?
  9. RAMping Up My Laptop Performance on the Cheap with a RAM Upgrade (and Other Tweaks)
  10. Remarkably a three-way tie for last place (the first one, I believe):

"Over There"

NOTE: The "Over There" is 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 and high-quality articles. Particularly of note--under the general investing section--is a post by Total Return Investor on things he learned from Todd Wenning. Some very interesting lessons in there. But beyond that each of the main sections are bulging with quality posts this week. So plenty for you to peruse!

Also, new for this week is the "Specific Investing Analysis/Purchases" section which has been spun-off from the "General Investing" section. I should have done this earlier, but failed to do so!

Anyway, hopefully you enjoy reading these as much as I did.

FIRE (Financial Independence/Retiring Early) Planning and Strategy

FIRE (Financial Independence/Retiring Early) Progress

General Investing

Specific Investing Analysis/Purchases

Budgeting and Frugality


"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. Thanks for the mention DD!

    I would respectfully submit the following two posts as ones I enjoyed this week:

    On reasons to pay off your mortgage (over investing the money instead) -

    Slow down! -


    1. My pleasure, TFS!

      They are excellent. I will add them to the list. Thanks for highlighting them for us!