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.


Third Quarter 2019 Dividend Income Update

Its that time of the year again where I report on the amounts of dividends I have received in the previous 3 month. This is one of my favourite types of posts as it actually shows the fruits of my investing. After all, the whole point of my investing journey is to be able to cover all my living expenses. And what better way to do that then with the cold hard cash companies from all across the world send me in the form of dividends. It’s pure numbers. It’s hard to argue the success of long-term dividend growth investing when you can slowly and surely see dividend income rise […]


August 2019 Monthly Stock Purchase Programme – Volatility ABF VCT

What a crazy August we have just witnesses. Volatility once again reared its ugly head causing the market and many individual stocks, particularly those on the smaller end of the spectrum, to rise and fall seemingly at a whim. The old concerns surrounding the US China trade war, Brexit and Federal Reserve interest rates seemed to bubble up again. All three aforementioned concerns have global knock on effects and it is no surprise hyperactive market participants fret at the release of every new tidbit of information.   The best thing to do at this time is not to panic. Instead one should be invested in high quality companies they have […]


July Stock Purchase – Benefits Of Monthly Stock Purchase Programme XPP ABF

After the lull of May and June, this past month has been a busy one on the stock purchase front. I have so far bought a total of 5 shares in July. Even though markets have propelled higher from the lows seen earlier this year, there are a number of interesting opportunities currently available in the small cap space. It seems that with the current macroeconomic ongoings, investors are leaving small British companies for dead. Investors are pricing in worst case scenarios for some of these stocks. And this is where as a private investor I can simply take my time, look at the various opportunities and pick the stocks […]


My Ghost Ship Pension Portfolio – Coffee Can SIPP

In early 2017, I moved an old pension scheme from an underperforming high fee company to a platform where I could invest the money myself. The idea was that I would be able to outperform the high fee company by producing superior returns and letting my money compound at higher rates in order to have a higher pension value when I retire.   Since the move, I have been patiently buying up high quality companies. I can happily say that this past week I was able to deploy the full amount of money I was transferred. Yes it has taken me two and a half years to do this! There […]


Second Quarter 2019 Dividend Income!

The last month and half has been extremely busy. With work, the good weather and all the sport, I have hardly had time for this blog. This has clearly shown by the lack of posts on this site. Hopefully I will get back into routine and start posting regularly again. For now, I just want to drop a quick post highlighting the amount of dividends I received over the past three month. So without further ado…   My dividend income for the months April, May and June 2019 amounted to £790. That is a hell of a quarter if I might say so myself.   Considering I made £538 over […]


Reaching £3500 in Dividend Income

Another milestone hit. Another reason to celebrate.   Eagle eyed readers would have spotted the crossing of this milestone.   In a recent post covering my latest purchase of Imperial Brands, I mentioned that my ISA portfolio has just crossed over the £3,500 mark in dividends.   It is an awesome feeling. To know that I make close to £10 a day for doing absolutely nothing is simply amazing.   Never would I have thought when I made my first dividend purchase that I would reach this milestone so quickly. That purchase only brought in £135 in annual dividend income a year. I could have looked at this paltry amount […]


Imperial Brands (IMB) Share Purchase – 10% Dividend Yield Covered By Free Cash Flow

Regular readers of this website will know that I am a huge fan of Imperial Brands. So much so that it is the largest stock position in my portfolio at close to 10%. But the price of IMB has been falling of late. This is in contrast to the underlying business performance where revenues, profits and dividends have been increasing! So why have shares in IMB dropped so much. Below are a few of the reasons I think why. 1.Big money is becoming more ethical. By this I mean that the large pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies and fund houses do not want to hold sin stocks such […]


How To Create Your Own Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income (UBI) seems to be popping up in the news again. It seems that policy makers cannot decide whether the benefits of UBI outweighs the costs. There has been numerous trial UBI projects over the years conducted in countries such as Kenya, India, the United States and Canada but results have so far been inconclusive. In fact, a report by British think-tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF) has found “no evidence that any version of UBI can be affordable, inclusive, sufficient, and sustainable at the same time.” So if you are one of the people sitting around waiting for UBI to be implemented on a large scale, I wouldn’t hold […]


Not All Money Is Made Equal

When I started my career, I was focussed on active income. Income that I had to work day after day for. A pay cheque or a salary so to speak. I only got paid if I put in the effort by going to work day after day. I was pulling in £27,000 a year from my day job. In order to attain this, I worked very hard. I often worked 45+ hours a week and was exhausted by the end of it. Having no time during the week, I did most of my chores and shopping on Saturdays and Sundays were a day to recharge in order to do it […]


April Stock Market Purchase – PZC IMB Victrex

April has brought about the new tax year and with it comes a fresh tax free investment allowance. The temptation would be to buy into the markets with as much cash as I have on hand in order to start benefiting from this allowance immediately. The long held wisdom is to invest at the beginning of the year so that you let compounding get to work immediately and do the heavy lifting for you. By investing at the beginning of the tax year as opposed to the end will leave you with an extra year of returns. After all time in the markets is more important than timing the markets. […]