Saturday, 18 July 2015

My Weekly Worthies: On Here, Over There (and Over To You)--18 July 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 bumper 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 18 July. 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.

An unusual one this week. First, the new posts published this week--predictably--tops the list. We also have a couple of joint places again this week.

Notable in the "green" is my first purchase of HSBC back in May 2014. This has shot into the top 10 after Stalflare asked some questions in the comments section which put it onto the front page of the site as well (in the recent comments widget) and seem to have caught the eye of many of you.

Another big jumper has been my most recent RDSB purchase. This is no doubt due to the fact that it is currently attracting a lot of buyer interest at its current price (well below my original purchase price).

Anyway, without any further ado, here is my breakdown for the week beginning 11 July 2015:

  1.  June 2015 Goals Progress Report: First Half
  2. Taxing Times: Dividend Tax Changes in the UK Government's June 2015 Budget
  3. BUY: Rolls-Royce Holdings (RR)--Preparing to Power Future Earnings?
  4. Joint 4th place this week:
  5. BUY: AstraZeneca (AZN)--Further into Pharma?
  6. A Minor Miner Addition: South32 Joins My Portfolio After BHP Billiton Demerger
  7. June 2015: Dividend Income, Trading Activity and Portfolio Snapshot
  8. BUY: Royal Dutch Shell "B" (RDSB)--Betting BiG on the BG Bid?
  9. BUY: Legal & General--Growth and Income Going for a Song?
  10. And another joint position down at number 10:

"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. A really diverse mix indeed. It was extremely hard to keep up this week as work has been hectic as a long-term project begin the intense final stretch. So, as usual, any I have missed but you think I shouldn't have put in the comment section below.

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. Replies
    1. My pleasure, John. As usual, a really nice mix of stuff to work your way through!

  2. Hi DD
    Thanks for another set of great posts to have a look at and also thanks for the link to my post and for signing up for the Monkey Stocks Challenge!

    1. My pleasure, weenie. It should be an interesting challenge. The results will be interesting at the end of it all!

  3. Thanks for the mention... I might use my list as the basis of my monkey stocks pick too!

    1. My pleasure, M.

      Sounds interesting! How do you mean? Pick them from companies mentioned in the articles? Neat idea. Quite a few are US companies this week though from what I remember!

  4. DD,

    Thank you for putting together another great list of reads. You're going to make my newsfeed reader irrelevant.

    Cheers for mentioning me!

    Best wishes,

    1. Glad you (and so many others) find it useful, NMW! And my pleasure for including you. Keep up the great writing. I enjoy reading and sharing your posts.