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.


Second Quarter Dividend Income 5

The months of April, May and June have been great to me. I saw dividend after dividend hit my account. In total I received £423.80 in pure passive income from 29 different companies. That’s £423.80 for doing absolutely nothing but owning stakes in wonderful companies. The dividends I received in this quarter have essentially paid for my recent purchases in GSK and Shire and these will in turn churn out their own dividends. My dividends are producing their own dividends. This is a real life snowball in action. When averaged out, I received £141 a month during the past quarters. If you would have told me a couple of years […]


Shire Stock Purchase – The Importance Of Low Dividend Yield and Fast Growth In A Portfolio

Regular readers will know that I have been a big fan of Shire as of late. The company has fantastic growth, a pipeline that is envied by other biotech’s and a management team that is astute and rational. The best part about Shire is the valuation with shares trading hands at a P/E of less than 13. When a company looks attractive, I always ask myself ‘is there something I am missing? Is there something that I am not seeing that is making investors trade the stock at such a cheap valuation relative to its peers.’ With Shire, I think the answer is that investors are overlooking this stock due […]


May Stock Purchase – GSK, SHP and The Importance of Income 4

The month of May continued to see markets at record highs. For someone like me who is in the asset accumulation phase of their life cycle, this is terrible news. This is because I don’t like paying top price for ownership stakes in companies. I or anyone else for that matter who has a long time horizon in front of them should wish for languishing markets so that we get the most bang for our back – we get more shares for the same amount spent. Unfortunately the persistence of low interest rates by various central banks has meant stocks are at record highs and I need to pay up […]


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 […]