Blogger to WordPress Migration

Blogger to WordPress Migration

The Blogger to WordPress migration is complete. While moving things over, I got a few questions from readers on the move and decided that a post detailing it should be beneficial to everyone.

First things first – should you move your blog to WordPress? I listed a few points that can be found in this post on why I decided to move. For you, if those conditions do not bother you, and the blog is simply an outlet for your ideas, Blogger will be just fine. But if you want to grow your blog into a business and do more than just write articles, taking full control and make something more of it, moving to WordPress is a no-brainer. I still do not know where my own blog is headed, but for now, I have decided to move to WP and theres no looking back.

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Chatter Around the World – 59

Chatter Around the World is a weekly curated link update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my holdings.

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund

New Blog Posts

Let’s dive into the links that caught my attention this week.
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Moving to WordPress

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Hey there!
I have decided to move my blog over from Blogger to WordPress. After thinking about it for a while and weighing in the pros and cons, I have finally come to a decision to move my blog over to WordPress.
For those unfamiliar, WordPress is a blogging software and is the most popular one out there. It is not uncommon to start blogging on Blogger for novices and once the traffic and following grows, majority of the users move to WordPress as it provides better control.
The advantages far outweigh the pain of moving the blog, including the following:
  • I will own my own content – as the current agreement by posting on Blogger is that Blogger owns the content. This was a big deal for me as I am creating value with my words and dont want it belonging to someone else.
  • Even though Google has made no indication of shutting down the service, we have seen many a great Google products shut down just because. Google does not provide any explanation when shutting down services except that it was not meeting their goals…and that is unacceptable for me and you – the readers who rely on the service.
  • WordPress provides better control on lots of aspects of blogging that are unavailable on Blogger. There are also way better options for design and themes that I am looking forward to incorporate on the blog.
Followers of the blog shouldnt see any issues – my old links/handles will still remain the same. I intend to make this transition over this long weekend. Please let me know if see major issues during the time.
See you on the other side!

Windfall – Book Review

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Windfall from McKenzie Funk is a fantastic new book that I have been reading over the past couple of weeks – and it has been awe-inspiring and an eye-opener on a lot of subjects. This book is a must-read for all investors to understand the business of climate change. The book is unique in that Funk travels to dozens of countries following the money, exploring and reporting from the frontlines.
About the Author:
McKenzie Funk is an award-winning magazine writer and a founding member of the global journalism cooperative Deca. His stories appear in Harper’s, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Outside, and The New York Times. Website: www.mckenziefunk.com

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Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) Dividend Increase

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS, BNS.TO) announced a 3.12% increase in its cash dividend. The quarterly cash dividend will increase from $0.64 to $0.66 per share and payable on Oct 29, 2014 to shareholders on record as of Oct 7, 2014. This is the second dividend increase in 2014 and the dividend increase YTD is 6.45%.In the release of the third quarter results today, the bank reported the following figures (compared to Q3 2013).
  • Net income of $2,351 million, up 35% from $1,747 million
  • Earnings per share (diluted) of $1.85 compared to $1.36, up 36%
  • Earnings include $555 million or 45 cents per share related to the sale of a majority of the bank’s investment in CI Financial Corp. (“the notable gain”)
  • ROE of 20.6%, compared to 17.2%
  • Productivity ratio of 47.8%, versus 51.6%
  • Quarterly dividend of 66 cents per common share

The annual dividend rate goes up from $2.56 to $2.64. I have an ongoing DRIP plan with BNS.TO and based on yesterday’s closing price, the current yield is 3.56% and my YOC is 4.05%.