Author: GM

Getting Minted is written by a financially independent, 50-something, UK based, man who would like to share what he has learned on the road to financial independence and beyond.

Five years on

Five years on from that vote and many things have happened – or not happened – and many of those things have no connection to that vote. We’ve had an economy in lockdown for fifteen months, together with additional government spending and continuing low interest rates. We may be about to emerge from lockdown and…

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In the year 2021 (May)

Here is a late update on my portfolio for the previous month of May. Investment changes I made no changes in May. Dividends received were paid out or re-invested as usual. In early June I sold further small slices of my holdings in UK and Asia Pacific equity income investment trusts and added to my…

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Going for growth

I’ve had my second jab today, with no side effects so far, and I am feeling more optimistic for the future. It’s interesting that nearly 24 million people in this country are older, less healthy, or otherwise more entitled to a second vaccination than me. I’ve enjoyed a couple of indoor pub drinks with friends…

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House prices then and now

My brother sent me an email headed “To bring back memories of the 80s and your first flat/property.” It included a link to the place where I bought my first property that showed a studio flat, like mine, for sale. “Offers Over £175,000” were being sought. I responded “That’s a 600%+ price rise! I read…

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Changes made

This is a late update on my portfolio for the month of March including some detail on actions taken in March and April. Investment changes In March I made a few changes. Firstly, I sold some shares, about 0.79% of my portfolio, to raise my cash levels. That covers about three months of drawdown spending.…

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