These are some of the best resources I know of in regards to dividend growth investing, building a portfolio, managing money, becoming financially free, and even thriving as a dividend expat. What you’ll see below are resources I’ve personally used to get to where I’m now at. If I haven’t personally used it and benefited from it, you don’t see it here.
I’ve used Personal Capital to manage my own portfolio for some time. It’s a great (and free!) platform to manage all of your wealth and spending from one spot. It aggregates all of your portfolio data, allowing you to look at actionable information – allocation, performance, etc. They also have a great budgeting area that allows you to see exactly what you spent across all of your budget categories. It’s truly a one-stop shop. Highly recommended. If you’d prefer a platform that focuses simply on budgeting, Mint is an excellent solution.
I was with Scottrade since I started investing in early 2010, but I switched over to Schwab in 2017 for a number of reasons. I highlighted those reasons for you readers not too long ago. After some time working with Schwab and using their platform, I can confidently recommend them. Fantastic service, robust interface, and tons of research. I honestly don’t know what else you’d want. Plus, the fees are very reasonable these days. I can’t say enough great things about Schwab. In addition, if you plan on becoming a dividend expat, attaching a High Yield Investor Checking account to your brokerage account is practically necessary, as you’ll be given a debit card that could drastically reduce foreign ATM withdrawal fees.
Whether you want to access your financial information from a foreign country or from the convenience of a local coffee shop, it’s important to use a VPN. This not only makes sure that you’re seeing pages as you should, but it also ensures that you’re browsing in a safe and secure manner. Accessing public Wi-Fi spots could expose your sensitive information. I use TunnelBear whenever I’m browsing abroad or accessing my information from any public location. I think it’s a vital service for anyone who accesses any financial information on the go.
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If you ever plan to move abroad and take advantage of geographical arbitrage, you’ll need to make sure your US-based mail is handled. In order to retain US-based accounts, you almost always need to have a US address. Traveling Mailbox is a digital mail service that gives you a US address, collects/handles your mail, digitally scans any mail you’d like to see, forwards what you want to keep, and shreds what you want to get rid of. It’s really an invaluable service for a dividend expat.
Of course, I can’t recommend resources without mentioning one of my own. This is my best-selling book on achieving financial freedom by living below your means and investing in dividend growth stocks. It has four different but complementary sections: my background, how to start down the path to financial freedom, why dividend growth investing works so well, and how to analyze and think about stocks. Whereas Mr. Free At 33 is designed to cover the what and the why, this book covers a lot of the how. It especially goes into detail about how I went from below zero to well into the six figures. I’ve priced it at only $4.99 so as to make it accessible to all. There are currently 60 reviews on Amazon, giving it a total rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. You can also check out reviews of the book over at Think Save Retire and Angry Retail Banker. I truly hope you enjoy it, if you decide to read it.
Josh Peters manages a dividend growth portfolio for Morningstar, and he wrote this great book on dividend growth investing. He discusses why dividends are so important and how they impact one’s long-term total return and income. Also really fun is his ‘Dividend Drill’, which focuses on expected future total return, the sustainability of a company’s dividend, and how likely it is that the dividend will continue to grow.
One of the best books I’ve ever read… about anything. I’ve read it twice. If you’re interested in Warren Buffett and how exactly he came to be the world’s most successful investor (and, oh, a multi-billionaire), this book is a must. Incredible insight here on the man, his life, and how his mind works. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a long but easy read. Set some time aside for this one.
The greatest book on investing ever written. Don’t believe me? Well, that’s what Warren Buffett says, too. If you think Buffett is incredible, Benjamin Graham is the guy who taught Warren Buffett. It’s an essential read for any serious investor, in my opinion. This book covers a lot of ground on the psychological side of investing, but it also has plenty of material on practical advice. And it also discusses how to value stocks. Some of the information is a little outdated, but the book, overall, is truly timeless.
The first book I picked up and read after I decided I didn’t want to be a wage slave any more. I knew I wanted freedom, but I didn’t know how to start climbing that mountain. This book gave me not only the courage but the knowledge. This book will always have a soft spot in my heart. It truly changed my life.
Think most millionaires are out on their yachts, enjoying the spoils of trust funds, putting their hands in the air like they just don’t care? Think again. This book opens your eyes up to how real, lasting wealth is most often built.
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