Saturday, 20 June 2015

My Weekly Worthies: On Here, Over There (and Over To You)--20 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 20 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.

Again this week has seen the newly published articles--as usual--take the top spots. This time my little breakdown of master-investor, Neil Woodford, and his various trades last month. Also, a little post--somewhat unusual for the DD--about frugal ways of improving your computer's performance.

Outside of this we have some familiar articles from last week. My AstraZeneca purchase has lifted itself up the rank a little as has my Old Mutual purchase. No doubt both helped by notably price drops recently.

Anyway, without any further ado, here is my breakdown for the week beginning 13 June 2015:

  1.  The Maestro's Movers: Neil Woodford's Big Buys and Sells in May 2015
  2.  RAMping Up My Laptop Performance on the Cheap with a RAM Upgrade (and Other Tweaks)
  3. BUY: WPP--Doubling Up on a Global Media Giant
  4. May 2015: Dividend Income, Trading Activity and Portfolio Snapshot
  5. BUY: Legal & General--Growth and Income Going for a Song?
  6. A Minor Miner Addition: South32 Joins My Portfolio After BHP Billiton Demerger
  7. BUY: AstraZeneca--Healthy Future in Healthcare?
  8. BUY: Stock Spirits Group--Spirited Growth in Central and Eastern Europe?
  9. BUY: Old Mutual--A great growth and income company
  10. Shifting My Portfolio into "Retirement Gear": Primitive Proposed Plan and Timescales

"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 articles. Particularly of note--under the frugality section--is a post by the Finance Zombie. I strongly advise reading that one. But beyond that each of the main sections are bulging with quality posts this week. So plenty for you to peruse!

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


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. Thank you for sharing your well curated list Drive. There are several quality posts, coming at these topics form several different directions. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks, Bryan. Glad you found some of them of interest. This week was a particularly strong one for high-quality posts. I was pretty much swamped with them, hence why this list is a little later in the day than usual!

      You have a great weekend as well!

  2. Hi DD
    Thanks for linking me and for another great list, including highlighting a couple of books I'd be interested in reading.

    'How to lie with Statistics' reminds me of a recent all employees meeting we had where they presented the results of an employee survey. A big deal was made of the 'positive' fact that 60% of employees thought the Senior Leadership Team were doing a good job. They glossed over the fact that that meant 40% thought they were doing a crap job haha!

    Newspapers always use dodgy stats in their sensational headlines and most people fall for them.

    1. My pleasure. You knocked together some great material again. I really must try some home brewing. I'd love to have a go at making a stout.

      Haha, sounds like a familiar situation the business world over. I remember a similar conversation about a website redesign myself.

      I would strongly advise The Tiger That Isn't. Really is a very good book in that genre. I have read it a few times. Always get something additional out of it!

      Newspapers very regularly use dodgy headlines. Indeed, the the book I mention above abounds with many stories from the press. Ben Goldacre wrote a good book along those lines regarding the medical profession which is also good. I will include a link on that above as well shortly.