Beginning a Matched Betting Experiment

I finally got round to putting some money into a matched betting experiment. Al the talk on various blogposts, MSE forums, and in person at the last FIRE Escape meetup got me thinking, and after several months, I decided to give it a go in April. Read on for an explanation of what matched betting is, what…

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And We’re Back…

Quick Life Update Well, that was a long absence, wasn’t it?! Most of you know, I’ve been afk due to the birth of baby Edward on Boxing Day. Life has been basically chaotic most of the time since then. But I think I may be getting into a decent routine, finally. Who said having kids was easy,…

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December Dividend Stocks Watch List

December Dividend Stocks Watch List

December Dividend Stocks Watch List 2015 It’s time for this month’s dividend stocks watch list. It’s unlikely I’ll buy something totally new, as I haven’t had time recently to research new stocks in which I don’t already own shares. If baby TV #2 hasn’t arrived yet, it’s likely that I’ll be doing a top-up of Aberdeen Asset…

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General Life Update

portfolio update

Hi all, this might be one of the last posts I do for a while due to the imminent arrival of baby TV #2 – so I thought I’d give a general update of what I’ve been doing lately with regards to investments and life in general. Investments Update I’ve not made any other purchases…

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Recent Trade – Buy National Grid

recent trade - buy national grid

Well, I did it. I finally topped up my National Grid holdings to a more reasonable level. I’ve mentioned NG. on and off over the last year, as it’s not a stock that fulfils all my initial screening criteria, but it is a useful stock to hold. It’s large, defensive, necessary, and pretty boring. It’s…

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How to Keep Christmas Cheap

How to keep Christmas cheap

It’s only a month ’til Christmas… time to get scared and start panicking about those presents you haven’t bought yet! Or rather, time to think about how to keep Christmas cheap. Of course, you could always be a complete idiot and read the Guardian – as ermine says, if you follow their advice, you certainly…

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Investment Trusts For Income

investment trusts for income

Since I had a bit of holiday, I’ve had a bit more time to actually sit down and read and think a bit more about investing into a new investment category for my value stocks/dividend income NISA – Investment Trusts for income. I’ve never bought these in my NISA before, although I do have some…

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November Dividend Stocks Watch List

how to choose dividend growth stocks

It’s time for this month’s dividend growth stocks watch list. I’ve already made my purchase for this month, however I’m thinking of maybe adding another purchase before the month is out. It could be a top-up to National Grid (not exactly a dividend growth stock, but a sturdy high-yielder), or I might buy something totally…

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Is it Time to Buy GlaxoSmithKline?

Is it Time to Buy GlaxoSmithKline?

Is it time to buy GlaxoSmithKline? Well, in the last post I spoke about why I sold Direct Line Insurance – it didn’t fit my investing criteria. One of my key criteria is that a company should have increased its dividend (preferably above the nominal 2% rate of inflation) for at least 7 years. So…

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Is it Time to Sell Direct Line?

is it time to sell direct line?

Is it Time to Sell Direct Line? I bought Direct Line Insurance (LON:DLG) in June – not that long ago. However, it was a purchase that didn’t actually fit in with our value investing criteria. ‘So why did I buy it?’ you may ask, and rightly so. Well, it was a blatant special dividend capturing purchase….

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