Now’s the time to buy Royal Dutch Shell
I did it. I am finally updating you as to what I did with the money I got for my recent sale of Royal Mail Group (LON:RMG). With the recent dips in oil, the opportunity was great to average down on my randomly bought one share of Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSB) (NYSE:RDS.B). I didn’t get it at the cheapest price, but I managed to get 12 more shares at £2 less than what I got the original share for. Now, this might seem like a ridiculously low amount of shares to buy, but I’ve got a weird deal with my broker, where I get to make share purchases for £1.50, so if I’ve got some leftover money and the price is right, then I often, but not always, take the opportunity to buy something I feel is good value. I wrote about Royal Dutch before, and they are even cheaper now, so I am hoping to pick some more up next month, if the price is still good.
Now is also the time to buy National Grid
I also took the opportunity to buy National Grid (LON:NG) (NYSE:NGG)- a favourite amongst German investors’ UK purchases. According to a German friend of mine, they are seen as one of the safest shares to buy, and the Germans are all about safety, if their obsession with insurance is anything to go by. But if you want a slighlty more reputable opinion about whether to buy National Grid, check out this article on the Motley Fool.
National Grid are the system operator for the entire UK electricity network. They also have undersea connections to France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the Isle of Man. So basically, a pretty important and boring company like this one – which I think are the best kinds of dividend companies. If it’s exciting, it’s probably a growth stock which is subject to crazy fluctuations in price. I don’t want that, I want a boring, stable dividend from a company that does something necessary and useful. The exciting part for me, is the fact that I will have a regular dividend income, which will slowly increase over time. I don’t want anything to do with get rich quick schemes. I want to know what my money is doing, and I don’t want it doing anything sinful. I managed to get 17 shares, which adds around £5 to my dividend income in 2015.
A slow and steady way to earn passive income
I know that 17 shares does not sound like much, but my plan is to accrue more over the coming months when I have spare money, then by the time National Grid goes ex-dividend, I shall have quite a few shares, and my dividends will be able to buy me at least one whole share. This is the one ongoing annoyance of UK share investing, that we cannot buy fractional shares, except for in mutual funds. However, the spare money that cannot buy a whole share can sit in my account and be added to new money I try to put in every month. This is a slow and steady answer to question of how to generate passive income, and is one of the main strategies for wealth that we hope to use in the coming years. We do not want to be rich for the sake of having a big pile of money, we just want to have opportunities to use our time and money as we see fit, and with the high cost of living in the UK, having some passive income streams will hopefully be a great help in the future. One of our goals is to be financially independent by the time I am 50 (roughly 17 years’ time) which coincides with when our son will turn 18. I didn’t realise this coincidence at the time, but our son will also gain access to his child’s savings accounts at the same point. I look forward to the future, when he will hopefully have a decent sum of money he can put towards something worthwhile.
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