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Dividend Tracker 0.8 update: I totally didn’t mess up

I may have messed up the formulas that calculate all the values on the summary tab. This then provides incorrect figures that do not match up with what’s in your portfolio. After making a few edits to the spreadsheet dividend tracker with update 0.7, it seems as though Google automated some alterations to these working formulas and I didn’t spot them.

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What to do when a dividend gets cut

Earning regular dividend payments are a great source of passive income. I’ve written plenty about choosing some great dividend stocks to invest in, helping secure your financial future. It’s not always positive news for dividend-paying stocks. They can be cut as well as increased. Your favourite company just cut its dividend payout to shareholders. What do you do?

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Best books to learn about investing

Reading books is still the best way (in my opinion, of course) of absorbing information. While I encourage you to browse my blog, it’s always best to read pages written by the experts. I’ve rounded up some of the best books I’ve read on investing to help get you introduced to the markets and set up with your own portfolio.

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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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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.