Stock Purchase: Chesnara

On Monday 26th January 2015, I bought 276 shares in the Life Insurance company Chesnara. The share price at the time of purchase was 351.51p per share. The total cost with charges included £970.17.  Unlike my recent purchases of Rio Tinto and Petrofac, The average yield over the last 5 years has been well above the target…

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Open Invitation: Mastermind Group

We’re now well into the New Year, believe it not, this Sunday we’ll be stepping into February. What the hell happened to January! I don’t know about you, but I actually embrace the speed that the months and years roll by. It gets me excited, because I know I’m getting closer to Financial Independence. In December, I set…

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Stock Purchase: Petrofac

I’ve now maxed out my NISA contribution for the year, so this investment was made in my Taxable account. I opened an account with iWeb last year, and I’ve been very impressed with them so far. They have minimal broker fees (£5 + Stamp Duty), and their share information and service isn’t too far away from…

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UK Gathering – Date Confirmed!

Good morning people! Thank you for your patience in waiting for the much anticipated UK Gathering date. Miss FFBF has been seriously bugged over the last 2 weeks. I’ve been like a five year old kid in the back seat of a car asking if we’re there yet. “Do you know which weekends you have free?” “Do…

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Stock Purchase: Rio Tinto

On Thursday 15th January 2015, I bought 43 shares in the FTSE 100 Mining company Rio Tinto. The share price at the time of purchase was 2,830.28p per share. The total cost with charges included was £1,235.06. Their average yield over the last 5 years has been below the threshold I usually invest in – 2.48%.…

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Stock Purchase: Royal Dutch Shell B

On Thursday 15th January 2015, I extended my position in Royal Dutch Shell B and bought 56 shares. The share price at the time of purchase was 2,115p. The total cost with charges included was £1,202.27. Their average yield over the last 5 years has been 5.24%. The share price is currently valued at 5.17%.…

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2014 Income & Expenses – The Whole Damn Lot!

I recently published my Income & Expenses Report for December 2014. It was the last one of the year, and subsequently I can now review the year from March to December (10 months). One of the benefits to recording your income and expenses each month is that you can group it all together and generate summaries at…

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Income & Expenses – December 2014

One of the main reasons I started a Blog was to publicly record all of my Income and Expenses each month.  There were two main reasons why I decided to do this: Accountability – Just knowing that I’m going to be writing down all the pounds and pennies that I spend each day is reason enough not to go…

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UK Gathering – How It Went & Spring 2015 Gathering

On Saturday 3rd January 2015 we held a UK Gathering for people interested in Personal Finance, Financial Independence and Early Retirement. I received a lot of comments and personal emails from people expressing interest in attending such an event, but for several reasons the one I proposed didn’t work for them. I think this was down to people having other…

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2014 Goals Review – Results and Lessons

When I started this Blog back in March this year, I set myself four Financial Goals to work towards. They were the following: Earn £300 through dividend payments in 2014 Have a Portfolio value of £12,000 at the end of 2014 Save more than 50% of my income in 2014 Keep monthly expenses below £950 per month for the rest of the year. (£11,400 per year)…

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