Saturday 15 August 2015

My Weekly Worthies: On Here, Over There (and Over To You)--15 August 2015

It is that time again. Another week, another round-up of weekly worthies.

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 attracted a lot 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 15 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.

As usual the new post this week tops the list. This time it was my review of July's goals progress as well as a snapshot of my portfolio and a full breakdown of my income for the month. Overall, it was a pretty good one.

A major jumper this week was my article on shifting my portfolio into retirement gear. I am not sure why that saw such a dramatic spike this week. Does anyone know why?

Elsewhere, my articles on Neil Woodford's monthly moves in his income fund continues to be popular. I am in the process of preparing July's one at the moment. That should be here next week.

Anyway, without any further ado, here is my breakdown for the week beginning 8 August 2015:

  1.  July 2015: Dividend Income, Trading Activity and Portfolio Snapshot
  2. BUY: Legal & General (LGEN)--Topping up on Top Dividend Growth Insurer?
  3. A Minor Miner Addition: South32 Joins My Portfolio After BHP Billiton Demerger
  4. A Bid for GlaxoSmithKline? Running the Numbers on the Buy-out Speculation
  5. The Maestro's Movers: Neil Woodford's Big Buys and Sells in June 2015
  6. 5 Cheap US Stock Brokers who accept UK-resident Account Holders
  7. Shifting My Portfolio into "Retirement Gear": Primitive Proposed Plan and Timescales
  8. BUY: Legal & General--Growth and Income Going for a Song?
  9. A bunch of articles joint here:
  10. Taxing Times: Dividend Tax Changes in the UK Government's June 2015 Budget

"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.

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, have a great weekend!

    1. My pleasure, DH.

      Keep up the good work over there. Nice to see some great progress. Long may it continue!

  2. Hi DD

    Thanks for the mention, look out for one for you in my weekend reading post coming later

    Best Wishes
    FI IK

    1. My pleasure, FIUK. I hope you find plenty in there of interest alongside yours!

      I look forward to seeing what is in your list!

  3. Thanks for the mention DD - it must take quite a bit of time to put all this together - much appreciated!

    1. My pleasure, DIY.

      It does take a little while. but I try to break it down over the course of the week. Some week's are, obviously, more difficult than others to keep up though. Next week, for example, may be a bit more of a struggle!

      Glad you find it of use and interest!

  4. Hi DD
    Thanks for the mention and for a great set of links. Looks like I have some reading to catch up on!

    1. Sorry, have been away a few days! my pleasure as always, weenie.

      There certainly is a lot to catch up on! I am way behind on this week's reading. May not even have much of a list to publish tomorrow!

  5. Hey D²,

    I tried to download the mortgage spreadsheet, but every time it said that the file was corrupt. Don't suppose you could email me a copy?


    1. Yes, sure M. I will try and find my copy and send it through to you. Weird that it is corrupted. I will check it out later to see if that is a universal problem.

      I will email you when I get a moment.