Work Freedom Day 2014 – somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean

Somewhere over the North Atlantic Ocean November 21st marked my Work Freedom Day so I’m celebrating this week! This date is when my dividend income covers the rest of my expenses for the year! The fact that the day occurs at the end of the year means that I still have a lot of work to do to move the date forward to the first of January!

In reality, I’m not planning to retire any time soon and all dividend income I’ve earned has been re-invested back into my portfolio. However it’s a very tangible milestone and definitely a nice feeling to know when my dividend income is taking over my work income so that I don’t have to.
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Consumer Defensive stocks – 3rd purchase in November

Following hot on the heels of yesterday’s catchup post; it’s Sharebuilder Tuesday again today and it’s back once more to the Consumer Defensive sector. I went through this sector only last month when I bought a mix of CLX, PG and KMB although the valuation is lower than usual because I sold my shares in TAP last month and I didn’t buy new shares in this sector with the proceeds.

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November stock purchase #2 – Communications sector stocks

I’ve been quite preoccupied with work for the last couple of weeks so didn’t get chance to post my stock purchase last this week on ‘Sharebuilder Tuesday’, so I’m just giving a quick summary of the purchase along with an update on what’s been going on in my part of life.

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Dividend stock quality – making sense of credit ratings

I’ve been reading more about Chowder’s Rule recently as I wanted to learn more about one of the columns in the US Dividend Champion list (it’s tucked away on the right hand side of the sheet in column BZ).

One of Chowder’s first rules in his stock screener is to find companies of “good quality”. But what does that mean?

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Basic Materials dividend stocks – November Purchase

It’s Election Day today! I can’t actually vote but my Company gives everyone the day off work in any case so that’s a plus and I can catch up with this posting that I didn’t finish over the weekend. This week the Basic Materials sector is my lowest weighted sector again. The last time I added to this sector was at the end of September last month when I started a new purchase in BMS.

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UK Dividend Champions – November

I’ve updated my UK Dividend Champions list for November. One stock was promoted from a Challenger to a Contender and two current Contenders had their history length increased. Sadly one former Contender was retired from the list – read on to find out who and why!

You can find the list directly via UK-DividendChampions(DL).xlsx or from the main page.

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Net worth update – October 2014

October was quite the rollercoaster ride with the S&P 500 losing nearly 8% of its value from its high on September 18 to October 16. It then went and promptly regained the losses, ending the month at an all time high. Aside from that drama there was little excitement in my world – so here’s my net worth update and progress towards my goals, October 2014 style!

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