Category Archives : My Journey

This section of the website will aim to depict my journey to Financial Freedom.
Any stocks I buy are not recommendations and you will need to do your own research to ensure that they are right for your own personal circumstance.


June Stock Purchases – Market Timing Is Impossible

I often get asked the question, “ why do you keep buying shares every month despite knowing the markets are looking toppy and valued highly? Why don’t you simply just sell your stocks and wait for the markets to crash and buy in at a cheaper price.” I am sure the above line of thinking resonates with the majority of you. I am not afraid to admit that I used to follow that way of thinking before. Whilst simply sitting on cash and waiting for the markets to crash in order to buy shares more cheaply sounds good in practice, it is an extremely hard thing to do in the […]


Second Quarter Dividend Income Update

We are already mid-way through the year. Where has all the time gone? It feels like just yesterday that I was bringing in the new year in style. Yet six month have flown by. The year so far has brought a lot of change. But the one constant is my dividend income – it just keeps pouring in. The amounts of dividends that hit my account in the months of April, May and June was £538. This averages out to £179 a month in pure passive income. Comparing this figure to the amount I received in the same period last year – £423 – shows an increase of 27%! This […]


May Stock Purchase – Volatility Induced Markets

The stock market has been volatile this year. But volatility is normal. Last year was simply an anomaly an the market has reverted to the norms. The major reason for the current bout of volatility can be ascribed to fears of possible rapidly rising inflation and therefore rapidly rising interest rates. This coupled with the fears of other cost increases such as oil and wages (due to low unemployment) have left investors fearful. But volatility is not something to be afraid of. It should be embraced and taken advantage of. You should learn to live with volatility because it is a fact of the markets. The greatest investors and for […]


Imperial Brands (LON:IMB) Pays Me £1 A Day – Power Of Dividend Growth

A few month ago, I wrote that my shares in Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSB) pay me an annual dividend income of £367 or £1 a day. I am excited to exclaim that a second portfolio holding of mine has joined the pound a day club, Imperial Brands.  The company, which I have been regularly buying shares in over the last year, announced a 10% hike of its interim dividend from 51.70p to 56.87p. This has brought its total annual dividend to £1.76 a share. As I hold 211 shares in the company, my annual dividend has gone up from £360 to £371 and in the process it has crossed the […]


PepsiCo Share Purchase– Big brands Are Still In Fashion

The current market environment has taken me by surprise. At the beginning of the year, if you had told me that the consumer staple stocks sector would fall by 20%, I would simply have laughed at you. But this is the position we find ourselves in today. After years of ‘dull’ and ‘boring’ companies being in fashion, it appears that the trend has turned. It seems that investors are no longer willing to bid up prices of stable companies when they can achieve a decent 3% risk free income via treasure bonds. As a result, many companies with strong franchises and stable performances are reaching fair value. RB, British American […]


April Stock Purchase – Sage Experian RelX Benefits Of Scalable Businesses With Economic Moats

In a recent article, I wrote that the stock market has become fickle. There are too many traders as opposed to investors. There are too many people that sell on news not pertinent to a company’s financial health. April was the perfect characterisation of this. Just look at the share price fall in Sag. Just look at the volatility of Facebook shares. Talking of the latter I can’t believe people actually sold their shares in Facebook in the $150s. The Cambridge Analytica scandal caused shares FB to plunge 15% from their February highs – resulting in the company losing roughly $100 billion in market value in the process. This plunge left […]


BAT Stock Purchase – Why Sin Stocks Outperform The Markets Over The Long Term


Sin stocks are profitable for investors. There is no two ways about it. Whether you are talking tobacco, alcohol, sugar, gambling or defence, all these categories have comfortably outperformed markets over the long term. Just look at the most profitable stock over the past 50 years, Phillip Morris, a Tobacco stock. The top 3 sectors over the past 82 years were cigarettes at 8.34% real annualised return, beer at 7.51%, and oil at 6.84%. Investors in “ethical” funds that avoid these sectors are virtually guaranteeing drastic underperformance. It is no surprise to see Tobacco topping the list. I have already written about the fantastic economics around cigarette manufactures so I […]


A Second And Third Takeover Bid For Fidessa Finally Sees It Leave My Portfolio – 2 Alternative Companies

I recently wrote a piece on Fidessa saying that I was not happy the company has been approached for a takeover. In the piece I mentioned that Fidessas earnings are currently suppressed meaning that the takeover bid was too low for my liking. Furthermore, I mentioned that Elliot was building a stake meaning the activist investor would certainly push the Fidessa board to negotiate a higher takeover price. This finally seems to have played out as Fidessa received two new bids with the higher one worth £37.50. This lead to the share price jumping to £41 – above the highest takeover approach price – due to speculation of a biding […]


ISA 2018/2019 – Strategy, Saving The Full Amount and The End Game

It’s the 6th of April which means only one thing, the beginning of the new tax year. This makes me excited as it means that I now get another £20,000 to add to my stocks and shares ISA. And if you are not excited about this it’s because you do not fully understand the concept and the great benefits that an ISA possesses. If you are someone like me who wants to achieve financial freedom at a relatively young age, an ISA is the way to go. In essence, an ISA is a legalised tax heaven for the average person like you and me. You are able to earn dividends […]


January February March Dividend Income

The first quarter of 2018 has absolutely flown by. It doesn’t feel that long ago that I was ringing in the new year in style but it’s been three months already. And with the end of the first quarter of 2018, it’s dividend income update time. This is one of my favourite times of the quarter as I get to review my previous three months worth of passive income from my dividend income portfolio. Without repeating the wild ride we experienced in the market last quarter, I could find comfort in one thing, my dividends. As we all know, the market may move up and down irrationally and seemingly on […]