Saturday 1 August 2015

My Weekly Worthies: On Here, Over There (and Over To You)--1 August 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 1 August. 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. This week I published a piece on GSK and the supposed bids in the wings for it. I ran the numbers to see the "value" for investors this may represent.

An odd week again. Two spots were shared with the same number of reads: 6th and 9th (it is more common than I originally imagined!).

The biggest positive jumper this week has been my post on 5 cheap US brokers which accept UK/overseas investors. This seems to have become a semi-permanent member of the Top 10 list, it must be said.

My post on South32 has also continued to pull in the reads. I suspect this is because their first results--and hopefully dividend declaration--is due in August (assuming they are following BHP's old schedule) and so people are researching the "lay of the land" with regards to this. I may update the predictions on them at some point, as clearly people find it interesting.

Other than that, a lot jostled up a few spaces with both the AstraZeneca and Tax-related posts dropping sharply allowing the others to shunt up the table a little.

Anyway, without any further ado, here is my breakdown for the week beginning 18 July 2015:

  1.  A Bid for GlaxoSmithKline? Running the Numbers on the Buy-out Speculation
  2. The Maestro's Movers: Neil Woodford's Big Buys and Sells in June 2015
  3. June 2015 Goals Progress Report: First Half
  4. A Minor Miner Addition: South32 Joins My Portfolio After BHP Billiton Demerger
  5. 5 Cheap US Stock Brokers who accept UK-resident Account Holders
  6. A joint sixth place this week:
  7. June 2015: Dividend Income, Trading Activity and Portfolio Snapshot
  8. BUY: Legal & General--Growth and Income Going for a Song?
  9. A joint ninth place as well this week:
  10. BUY: Royal Dutch Shell "B" (RDSB)--Betting BiG on the BG Bid?

"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. From historically-focused reviews of the current situation in China to the first flows of July reviews (next week will be wash with these I suspect) there is plenty to sink your teeth into.

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. Hi DD
    Thanks for the link again and another great list of posts to read.

    I've been a Swagbucks member for a couple of years now, but try not to spend too much time on it, just a couple of mins each day and in time it does add up. I aim for Amazon vouchers. If you want, I can send you my referral link! ;-)

    The other one I do is Inboxpounds, where you earn money from doing searches, surveys etc. This one has a minimum payout of £20 but I can confirm that they do pay out - I've probably earned around £100 this past year but again, you need to either find the time to work on earning the pennies/pounds or just wait for the balance to build up slowly. I used to spend more time on this but struggling to do so these days. Still worth checking out and again, if you want a referral, let me know! ;-)

    1. My pleasure, weenie. It was another bumper-packed day for posts, it must be said!

      I have never really played around with these sort of things previously. I have, in the past, used survey companies with pretty good success. Though the main one I used decreased the credit per survey rate sharply and so I rarely if ever do them now.

      I may well do. I will try and find out a little more about them and see whether I have time. I scarcely do at present. But I do like those sort of things quite often! A bit of variety!

      Thanks for the interesting additional information. Plenty to have a little root around for!

  2. TDD,

    Thanks for the mentions. Really appreciated.

    Hope you have a great weekend over there. And let's hope for some volatility next week. :)


    1. My pleasure, Jason.

      It's great to see how rapidly you keep adding to your portfolio even as a largely financially free man! Very impressive!

  3. Helo Dividend Drive.

    I,m a dividend growth income investor from Spain.
    I follow your intesresting posts and visions about uk market.

    Great companies and very diversified You own. Great success on the Way!!!!

    In my research for diversification I started positions previously to may elections.
    Actually holding National Grid, Vodafone, Sainsbury, Glaxosmithkline, Bhp Billiton, Unilever, Diageo, Carillion, Taylor Wimpie, Hsbc, and lastly Bae Systems and BP, and an aditional Gsk in these dips...

    Which is, please, your brief opinion about AmecFosterWheeler, UnitedUtilities, PremierFarnell or Electrocomponents for long run and dividend income...?

    Also entering in Us blue chips, but a little bit concerned about possible impact from interest rates rise in shares prices and always-predicted-never-reaching-big-correction there, however ther are a lot of stoks in 52w. lows and 20% drops...


    1. Glad to hear you have enjoyed reading my posts, Preikestolen!

      Nice collection of companies. We have a lot of overlap in there. You timed it well just before the election. I had little in the way of cash to deploy around then which was a shame.

      Quite a question. I don't really have much of an opinion on Premier Farnell or Electrocomponents. Personally, with regards AmecFosterWheeler--despite my overweight positions in RDSB and BP--I am not a fan of oil explorers. I am only attracted to the oil majors due to their upstream and downstream combined income streams. Explorers to me are so closely affected by oil prices I would not touch them myself, but those brave amongst you may find it attractive!

      With regards to United Utilities. It is attractive as a water utility but I do think it is overpriced at present.

      I don't really have an opinion on US blue chips at present (other than P&G which looks attractive long-term). But good luck with deciding your course of action there!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  4. These are a great list of articles that you shared. I missed some of these articles during my week of reading. Thanks for sharing them.

    1. My pleasure, Tawcan. There were some great ones this week as always. Glad I managed to fill in some of your missed ones!