In February of 2017 I wrote a post about which resources helped with getting me started with investing.
This page covers a number of these resources – websites, blogs and books taught me the basics and subsequently helped me become a better investor. I aim to update this section regularly as I continue to discover more useful sources of investing knowledge. I am also open to suggestions which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Websites & Blogs
Seeking Alpha ‘… is a platform for investment research, with broad coverage of stocks, asset classes, ETFs and investment strategy. In contrast to other equity research platforms, insight is provided by investors and industry experts rather than sell-side analysts.’ I read Seeking Alpha almost daily – including their app – and use their service to get push email notifications on my portfolio.
David Fish’s free and frequently updated resource on the Dividend Champions, Contenders, and Challengers – companies with lengthy dividend histories – is a great place to start your research on dividend stocks. David’s list allows for filtering on several key indicators and is great for building your ‘buy list’.
Out of the many investment blogs out there, there are a number that I read regularly. The first one is Jason Fieber’s Mr Free at 33 – on which he writes about being financially independent at the age of.. you guessed it. I have been following Jason since early 2014 when he was building his portfolio as Dividend Mantra.
The second blog I often check is the Dividend Diplomats. Bert and Lanny are building their portfolios and make regular updates on stocks they consider, analyze and buy.
A third one is the Dividend Machine from the Netherlands. I like this page for the cool graphs and automated scripts.
Dividend Hawk has been around for quite sometime and brings both a European as well as a US investing perspective.
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The first book I bought – back in early 2015 – was The Ultimate Dividend Playbook. Income, Insight and Independence for Today’s Investor by Josh Peters. The book is a great introduction on the concept of DGI and how to value stocks. The Ultimate Dividend Playbook is a very practical book, filled with many charts and examples to illustrate the concepts and terminology you want to be familiar with as a beginning investor.
The Snowball is the title of Warren Buffett’s biography and is also the perfect summary of his investment philosophy. Slowly but surely Buffett used the power of time and dividend compounding to create the Berkshire Hathaway holding company- which is now the fourth largest public corporation in the world.
The person that had the most influence on my decision to start with DGI is probably Jason Fieber. On his blog Dividend Mantra he provided analysis, insight and encouragement to aspiring investors like myself. Jason bundled some of his best blogs in a Kindle e-Book called The Dividend Mantra Way. I highly recommend his book and also his new blog – Mr Free at 33.
After attending a lecture by author Alec Ross I bought his book The Industries of the Future. While not a dividend investment book as such, Ross does a great job in describing what the dominant economic trends will be in the next several decades. He describes how robotics, genetics, cyber-security and more are shaping new industries and destroying old ones.
MIT researchers Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee show in The Second Machine Age the relentless pace of digital transformation which is disrupting and upending entire industries. Similar to Alec Ross’ book this is not a book that directly helps making investment decisions on specific stocks, but it does help with formulating investment strategies for those with a long term horizon.
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