Are we there yet?? Work Freedom Age calculator

Handy pocket sized version of DL's new Work Freedom Age Calculator!
Handy pocket sized version of DL’s new Work Freedom Age Calculator!

It struck me recently that I should really try to estimate if I’m even on track to reach FI based on dividend income, and if I’m not, what I would need to do to reach it. And since this thought involved making another Calculator which is always fun, I thought I’d do that instead of doing what I should be doing; namely some work at home.

So here’s my first attempt at a target retirement age calculator.

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Third purchase in April – Financial sector stocks

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Last Tuesday I made my third Sharebuilder automatic purchase in April and I added to existing positions in the Financial sector.

I’ve not had much time to look outside my currently held stocks for the last couple of weeks as I’ve been busy working through a backlog of Dividend Champions as well as working on the site itself.
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The value of reputation and your portfolio

Couple discussing the value of reputation in their stock portfolio over coffee.
Couple possibly discussing the value of reputation in their stock portfolio over coffee.

The Reputation Institute recently released their top 100 list of reputable companies for 2015. The list is based on innovation, governance, products, workplace, citizenship, leadership and performance.

Read on to discover which dividend champion received the highest reputation…

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April purchase – Consumer Defensive stocks

Last Tuesday I made my second Sharebuilder automatic purchase in April and I added to existing positions in the Consumer Defensive sector. I’m still a little behind schedule in writing about my purchases, but I’m gradually catching up.
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DividendChampions.UK

I recently moved the UK Dividend Champions List files over to its own shiny new website:

DividendChampions.UK

I intend this new site simply as an online reference of the data contained in the Excel file. It will not be a blog and I’ll still be blogging solely here at DividendLife.

However, the new site should allow more interesting views of the data than I can easily publish in an Excel file or WordPress blog; such as graphs of dividend growth, the dividend history for each company, links to annual reports and averages / stats for dividends based on sectors. I don’t envisage adding any support for real-time data feeds or market news.

I’m still learning how to make a website from scratch so please be gentle with the site! And note that the online list isn’t fully populated yet as I’ve only included ~129 companies from the spreadsheet but it’s growing daily. If anyone’s interested in the technology behind the site, feel free to ask.

How much is a dollar worth to you?

I wanted to make a simple calculator to show just how valuable each $1 (or pound, euro etc) that you have today is really worth to you over the long term. There’s obviously some major assumptions in such a calculation, but I hope it highlights how important it is to start saving early.

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The Drunkard’s Walk (Book Review)

The Drunkard's Walk After a taking a Random Walk Down Wall Street, I picked up a copy of The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard Mlodinow from the local library. This isn’t an investment book per se, but as its subtitle, “How randomness rules our lives” suggests, it offers some insight into the confusing and often misunderstood world of randomness and chaos that surrounds us in both financial and everyday life.

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