How to deal with an unexpected windfall

Image of a present - how to deal with unexpected windfallsBack in the dim and distant past, a windfall referred to wood or fruit which was blown down by the wind and so became free to anyone. It was later in the 16th century that the term was used for any unexpected acquisition of wealth. Here are some thoughts on how to deal with unexpected sums of money.

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The art of selling without selling

The art of selling without selling - image of an empty beachI like Zen thought. When I was a software developer, I used to say “the fastest way to write software, is not to write it.” That caused some puzzled looks until people realized that re-using something you’d already written is more efficient than writing something new. But this is a finance blog. How do you sell an investment without selling it? And, why the heck would you want to do that anyway?

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UK Dividend Champions February 2017

UK DIvidend Champions February 2017 The UK Dividend Champions February 2017 edition is now available at DividendChampions.UK.

Apologies for the late update this month. I had unexpected travel plans on the week that I usually compile the list. Not much has changed this month though with the list membership remaining at 257.
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Income Fund Update for January 2017

income fund report graphicI’m back in the UK for a couple of days for a funeral. Which tends to put things into perspective, so I’m running behind on updates. With a whole new year ahead of us, this is my first Income Fund update for January 2017. It’s time to answer the question you didn’t know you wanted to ask … how did I do in January?

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In the last 40 years, 71% of the market’s return came from dividends…fact checking

magic hat imageThis claim came from Kevin O’Leary when promoting his new dividend-centered ETF. Mr O’Leary stars in a TV show where they put him in a tank full of sharks or something like that. While the statistic might be inspirational in starting a dividend investing strategy, I couldn’t resist taking a closer look and doing some fact checking.

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