Saturday, 9 May 2015

My Weekly Top 5: On Here, Over There (and Over To You)--9 May 2015

This week the UK saw us all voting with our ballot slips for the next government. Happily that is now finalised and we can settle down to our new government.

However, another popularity contest must go on: our Top 5. How did you vote (with your clicks) over here at the Dividend Drive?

Last week saw great interest in many of the posts included. So hopefully you will find some of these of interest as well.

As before, 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 9 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. My changing of a investment goal measurement has got a lot of interest and fascinating comments from readers which are of great interest.

Similarly my recent short post on the possibility of the RobinHood fee-free broker expanding internationally and whether or not they are any good pulled in quite a bit of reading but so far little in the way of responses. Have you used them in the US? Are you interested in using them if they come to your country?

Outside of these new post my April dividend income and trading update was popular again as was my recent Britvic soft drinks purchase. And, believe it or not, my post on my plans for shifting my portfolio to retirement gear is in the top 5 again. It has featured in every list since I started this a month ago.

Anyway, without any further ado, here is my breakdown for the week beginning 2 May 2015:

  1. New: I'm Bringing FTSE Back: Linking My Portfolio Yield Goal to the FTSE 100 Yield
  2. April 2015: Dividend Income and Trading Activity
  3. New: Loved By the Good? Fee-free Broker RobinHood Looking to Expand Internationally--Anyone Used Them?
  4. BUY: Britvic--Taking a Sip of a Soft Drinks Giant
  5. Shifting My Portfolio into "Retirement Gear": Primitive Proposed Plan and Timescales

"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 why 90 year old millionaires next door only tell us a certain amount to always assuming that your investments will fail you--no matter what they are!

Hopefully you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

Budgeting and Frugality

FIRE (Financial Independence/Retiring Early) Planning and Strategy


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. I love these roundups, it's always a good way to catch up on interesting posts, especially if I haven't been able to do much during the week. Also, thanks for mentioning me D2, much appreciated.


    1. Glad you find them of use and interesting. I like putting them together. It makes sure I go back and check on articles I commented on earlier in the week as well which is good!

      My pleasure. Keep putting together the articles your end!

  2. HI D2,

    Thanks for putting the list together! And thanks again for the mentions!

    I've not had time this week to do much reading so unfortunately I don't have much to add there. I enjoyed reading DGI's Intelligent Dividend Investor article, and questioned anew the value of Gold in the types of meltdowns mentioned in the Monevator article.

    Best wishes,

    1. I know what you mean. this week rather got away from me as well which meant my reading suffered a little. Happily I managed to read enough to make the list worthwhile!

      Yes, the Monevator articles mention of gold was interesting. I have no exposure whatsoever but do wonder if I should have. Clearly, if it rises like it did post-financial crisis then it provides useful funds for topping up share holdings (or your finances in general) which is good. But how much and how? Who knows!

  3. Thank you for the mention! And thanks for compiling a list of resources for my further reading enjoyment.

    I reviewed you site and you have some pretty nice stats going on. I was wondering, what is your ultimate goal and when are you trying to achieve it?

    1. My pleasure. Thanks for the interesting posts! Glad that you have found some other things of interest in the list as well!

      Thanks. I am delighted with how well I am doing with my progress so far. Hopefully it will continue into the future.

      Good question. I have not written about my "grand plan" for what I am looking to achieve over the long term. This is something I really should do especially now I am more aware of what can be achieved and how best to achieve it.

      Currently my aim is quite simple: to start the process off. Soon I should specify my long-term targets and aims. But ultimately it would be to produce enough investment income to cover my expenses. This is not necessarily to retire early but to give me the freedom to choose!