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How much do you need to invest to retire early?

If you dream to retire early at the age of 50, or even 40, you’re going to need to cut back on spending and aggressively save. To enjoy life to its fullest without working, your retirement funds and investment portfolio will need to cover your current (or desired) level of expenditure. So how much should you aim to have invested?

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Dividend Tracker 0.7 update: New graphs and working charts

I’m still looking to add some small touches here and there to the dividend tracker. I originally planned this 0.7 update to be one that added a feature, but it’ll also be used as a means to roll out a fix to the UK template of the tracker.

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Apple is splitting stocks — should you buy?

Apple has been around for decades, producing some of the best tech gadgets around and the company just announced a stock split. What exactly is this; how does it affect investors; and should you invest in Apple ahead of the stock split? I’ll run through some numbers to help you make a decision.

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Dividend Tracker 0.6 update: Fixing yields

This is a quick update for the dividend tracker, bringing the version up to 0.6. This release includes a quick fix for an error I made when calculating the dividend yield on cost of the stock. I made the mistake of incorrectly calculating this metric, which makes it all look messy.

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Wells Fargo cuts dividend payouts by 80%

Wells Fargo showcased just how sensitive the bank is to the current climate by slashing its dividend output by 80%. That wasn’t a typo. Wells Fargo cut its dividend from $0.50 per share to just $0.10. This will be paid out on September 1, but will investors be hanging around to collect? I won’t be selling Wells Fargo … for now.

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How to choose safe dividend stocks

No stock is immune to market fluctuations and that includes dividend aristocrats. Dividends account for a fair chunk of the stock market return to investors, but just how can we choose dividend stocks that are considered safe? I’m going to run you through some factors you should consider when buying stocks.

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Dividends Investing

Markets about to crash? Here’s what I’d do.

It’s no secret that stock prices fall as much as they rise, but if you didn’t know that already … I don’t really know what to tell you. The markets have endured numerous recessions and there are still fears abound that we’re destined for another shortly, but what does one do during a recession? Should I sell all my shares and try to time it just right? Nope. In the wise British words: Keep calm and carry on.

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Dividends Investing

How to invest with a budget of just £100

You don’t need much money to start investing and turn a profit. Companies have skyrocketed in value since the early 2000s. If you invested just £100 in Amazon in 2005 (when it was just $35 per share) and sold it today, you would have more than £5,000. What’s even more mind-blowing is if you invested £100 per month and then sold your shares today. Crazy, right? The best part is you can easily start to invest with just £100.

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Personal Finance

Interest cuts should force you to consider investing

Are you regularly depositing money into a savings account? You may want to consider alternative methods to accumulating wealth in a pot, like investing. Interest rates are low right now with the Bank of England base rate at just 0.1%, making it difficult to spot savings accounts with mediocre interest rates, let alone anything substantial. Investing can provide an average of 5% if done sensibly.

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Life

Why I’m never going to get a car on lease again

Leasing a brand new vehicle seems like a pretty good deal. You pay a monthly fee (£350 in my case) for a vehicle no one but you will have driven. But although you get the included warranty and knowledge that everything should be working as intended, this isn’t the option I’ll continue using once my current lease comes to an end. In fact, I’m never going to lease a vehicle ever again.