August in the UK was a long month for me. Work was very quiet, and the days did seem to drag somewhat. It finished on a high with the Bank Holiday weekend where we hosted some friends for the first time since 2020. What a good laugh. As we are clearly creeping into September, I will mention that I was in Scotland last week for a wedding and to catch up with some family and friends. I’m enjoying working from home as I can got up to Scotland on Thursday night, work Friday, and then have a proper weekend. This … Continue reading End of August update
The month has passed fairly quickly. I had a few deadlines at work which focused my mind. I also had a few good weekends catching up with friends following my receipt of the second Pfizer dose. I had been very careful about going out and about as several of my friends had got Covid after getting the first dose of the vaccine. Having already had it I did not fancy running through that again so I stayed in and worked from home. My partner also got pinged on Freedumb day which was ironic. She dutifully stayed in for a further … Continue reading July end of month update
Another month has gone. Things in the UK don’t quite feel back to normal as yet. Covid cases are rising again, however the corresponding death and hospitalisations rate are not. That is a good thing, but having had Covid myself, I know it is a deeply unpleasant and time consuming illness with long lasting effects. Not to be taken lightly. My friend who has had one vaccine dose caught Covid this week, and although is suffering mildly, it is still a huge inconvenience for him and his partner to have to self isolate for 10 days. This will be a … Continue reading July update
While I am aware that as an avid reader of my blog, you were probably pining for an update from me. I make no apology for being busy, then ill, then busy again. That means that my blog update didn’t happen. Notwithstanding that, I am trying to play catchup by giving an update now as I’m sitting on an LNER train for 6 hours. General passing of time Work during April/May was insanely busy. As we slowly crept towards reopening, I rejoiced when the pubs reopened, and then further rejoiced when we could drink inside a building with another human. … Continue reading Random 18/21 June 2021 update
Vanguard is amongst the best-known investment companies. They specialise in low-cost index funds and ETFs. I will look at two very similar funds but also different in one fundamental way. The funds are VWRL and VWRP. If you are interested in other ETF funds, I have a list here. What is VWRL? VWRL is a fund that tracks the FTSE All-World index. The fund aims to purchase securities (stocks) in companies listed in the index. The aim is to track the performance of the index. The FTSE All-World index is an index of companies compiled by the FTSE Russell which … Continue reading What is the difference between VWRL and VWRP? I explain the No. 1 important difference.
I’ve been meaning to post an update since the start of the month, but as you can see, it’s now the middle of the month. I did the numbers on the Bank Holiday so they are correct but life gets in the way. That is a good thing however, as it means I’ve regained some semblance of a social life again. Without further ado I will get on with it and make it brief. Networth update You can see a little dip in February 2021. This is because the UK property index for my London Borough took a dip. The … Continue reading May update – late, but that’s a good thing!
How do you get what you want from life? It’s a question that many of us ponder. Some people seem to be able to get what they want with ease. Others seem to struggle to move in the direction they … Continue reading Can you get what you want in life and achieve greatness by not doing things?
Introduction In the UK, we are brought up on the concept of the property ladder. The idea that you buy a property and then in a few years time, buy a larger property, has been spoon fed to almost all … Continue reading The property ladder is dead – so skip the first rung.
Like anything in life, change is often a challenge. Sometimes you start out with the best intentions, but later, those ideas seem naïve. I decided to update my portfolio and this article will give you an idea of my thinking … Continue reading Rebalancing my portfolio in a post-Brexit world
Hello and welcome back. In this month’s update, I will reflect on my two years as a blogger and tell you about some changes to my investment strategy and my monthly returns. Also, I celebrate a huge milestone. The UK has been steadily improving in terms of Covid. With our world-leading vaccination programme, we can smell the freedom returning. The weather is getting better, and we are all excited for our release on parole. Scotland beat France in a thrilling finale to the Six nations. Now let’s see if Warren Gatland can recognise the quality in our team for the … Continue reading March update – Major milestone reached