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.


Imperial Brands (IMB) Stock Purchase – Topping Up On an Existing Position By Exiting Dunedin Income Growth Trust

Imperial Brands (IMB) is a company I talked about glowingly a few months ago when I first purchased shares in it. It is easy to see why. The company has strong free cash flows, a recession resistant business model, a disciplined capital strategy and a history of double digit dividend increases which look like they are only going to continue. But for all this blue chip’s strength it is often overlooked by many an individual investor. This is because Imperial’s biggest money spinner is tobacco and people are averse to owning tobacco-related shares for obvious ethical reasons (I have written about ethics and investing before so have a look there […]


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Stock Purchases – Pound Cost Averaging My Way In To This Healthcare Giant 1

When I first decided to become a dividend growth investor, GSK is one of the first stocks I looked at. The company met the criteria beginner investors should look for. Namely, GSK has strong Free Cash Flow, a bullet proof balance sheet, good returns on capital (12%), strong returns on equity (15%) is an easy to understand business,has stable and predictable growth, has economic moats in its consumer business and it pays a hefty dividend. What also swung me to looking at GSK was the number of income fund managers holding this stock in their portfolio thus showing that the company is highly regarded in the wealth management world. The […]


April Stock Purchase – GSK, ABF, PZC, SGE, INF

There is only one place to start this post and that is the snap general election called by Teresa May. What surprised me the most was a lack of volatility in the wake of the announcement. Sure the pound surged to a yearly high and stock prices in overseas earning companies dropped, but besides that, markets were relatively calm. It appears as though the markets like a political shock for once. But this may be because everything points to the conservatives being elected with a substantially increased majority – which will give the government a firm mandate and put it on a steadier, more solid grounding as it begins the […]


SSE Stock Purchase: Utility Shares Are For Yield and Inflation

Inflation has been non-existent over the past few years. As recently as 18 months ago, the inflation rate was 0%. But this is all changing and inflation over the past few months has jumped to 2.3%. And it is set to rise further as the weak pound, following the Brexit vote, makes imports more expensive for us to buy. With inflation returning, now is a good time to start thinking about buying into assets that will protect the value of money as the cost of living increases. Utility companies are a great way to protect against inflation as the prices they charge are regulated and linked to the Retail Price […]


March Stock Purchase: GSK, Shire, NCC, Stagecoach 2

March saw the FTSE 100 hit a record high. London’s main index is now trading at an astonishing P/E of 38 when looking at trailing earnings. On a forward earnings basis, the FTSE only trades at a P/E of 14.67. Much better! The vast disparity between the two is because the heaviest components of the FTSE 100 are oil and mining related stocks. With commodity prices bouncing back, analysts expect these companies to produce much higher earnings over the year and that is why the forward P/E is more than twice as low as the trailing P/E. Personally, I think analysts are being too kind with earnings here but if […]


My Strategy For The New Stocks and Shares ISA 4

When it comes to Investing and Saving, I cannot believe how lucky we are in the UK. We have an account that lets you invest and save money completely tax free. And unlike a pension, you can withdraw the money at any age you like. Yes, I am talking about the Investment and Saving Account (ISA). I do most of my investing these days using an ISA account. No capital gains tax to pay and no dividends tax to pay. Without these expenses I can let more of my money compound for longer. Every year, each individual can put a set amount into an ISA account. Over the past few […]


First Quarter Dividend Income

£347. That is the amount I received over the first three months of the year. Considering I only received £120 in the same period last year, I can safely say that my dividend strategy is slowly chugging along and proving to be successful. Yes, part of the increase from £120 to £347 is due to adding more money into my portfolio and buying more stocks. But the other part which is much more satisfying is the fact that the companies I own raised their dividends without any effort from me – more money for doing nothing other than holding shares in wonderful businesses. Sure, I’ll take that. So what does […]


Two Year Self Invested Stocks ISA Account Performance Review – Still Beating The Market 1

How time floes. In two weeks time, I will be celebrating my 2nd anniversary of my active stocks and shares ISA portfolio. Over this time, we have had the Greek Crises, the oil crises, the commodities crises, the Chinese crises, rate increases, emerging market slowdowns, Brexit, populism and the trump bump. Yet it still feels like its only yesterday that I took charge of my own money and bought my first stock. With my portfolio and tax year ends quickly approaching, now seems a good time to analyse my performance over this period. I need to know if actively investing by picking my own stocks has been a good choice […]


Burberry (LON:BRBY) Shares Sale : When A Stock Is Overvalued Sell

Having gone years without selling out of a position, it feels odd writing about my second share sale so quick after my first one. Making my second stock sale all the more remarkable is I didn’t think it would be Burberry. Since initiating my position in Burberry back in July 2016, I imagined that I would be holding these shares for years and years – even though I didn’t see it as a legacy position. Whenever I make a stock purchase, the company I am investing in either has to be a serial compounder of wealth or it is fundamentally undervalued. The biggest opportunities for large returns are by buying […]


February Stock Purchase – GSK, Experian, Sage, Shire, Fundsmith, Free Cash Flow

The big news over the last month was Kraft-Heinz failed takeover bid of Unilever. I remember Krafts initial approach and its subsequent quick abandonment vividly. On 17 February when the approach made by kraft was leaked to the media, I remember thinking that I hope management does not engage with Kraft at any level. Thankfully, that is what happened and the news of the deserted takeover on 19the February was music to my ears. When it comes to investing, I do not look for quick gains. I don’t want to sell the wonderful companies I own for a quick buck. I don’t want to sell the golden goose for an […]