2016 Q1 Review and Update – New Tax Year!

1st Quarter Investment Review – Time is flying! Wow. Have we really had three months already? Time is flying. I’ve been working on my businesses almost exclusively for the last three months, and matched betting has very much taken a back seat. I have less and less time for researching investments, so I now do…

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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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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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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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October Dividend Stocks Watch List

Dividend Stocks Watch List

It’s been a while since I last did a UK dividend stocks watch list update (a whole quarter pretty much!). With all the recent volatility in August and September, and all the personal activity over the summer, I just didn’t feel it was worth doing updates for a while. Plus, we’ve been concentrating on curbing our…

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Q3 2015 Update

There's Value Goals

I realised in the summer that I’d forgotten to do a Q2/H1 trading and general goals update… I guess there was just too much going on with summer and the quietness at work etc. before all the stock market volatility started kicking off in August. I’ve not really made any big changes to our portfolios,…

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