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Weekend reading: Bedding in

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What caught my eye this week.

Bit late with the links, as I spent Friday scrapping it out in a Warren Evans store to secure a bed at a whopping discount.

Fear not, readers! I may be spending money, but I’m still me doing my version of spending money…

Warren Evans has gone into administration. Sad news for various reasons, not least because lots of my friends recommended its beds and said it was a lovely firm to deal with.

Also, the chap working for the administrator to clear the stock said his business is booming in the capital, as more firms fail.

A powwow among the shoppers blamed Brexit, of course. (Some also speculated Warren Evans had seen its affordable craftsman return to Europe.)

I’m not actually convinced my new bed will show up, so chaotic were the scenes. But I will be well pleased if it does.

I was sleeping in an empty flat on a yoga mat when I first moved in, before upgrading to my fancy sci-fi mattress on the floor.

Two steps forward, one step back…

From Monevator

Live it up like a graduate student and save a fortune – Monevator

We updated our Broker Comparison Table for ISA season – Monevator

From the archive-ator: Why UK inflation-linked bonds might not protect you against inflation – Monevator

News

Note: Some links are Google search results – in PC/desktop view these enable you to click through to read the piece without being a paid subscriber.1

No, residential property hasn’t beaten shares, finds Credit Suisse – ThisIsMoney

Bank of England’s chief cashier doesn’t trust contactless – Guardian

Students demand tuition fee refunds: Here’s how to complain – Telegraph

Crypto platform Coinbase is struggling to scale – Bloomberg

The 2018 Credit Suisse Equity Yearbook is available [PDF]Credit Suisse

The rich aren’t getting especially richer with collectibles [Search result]Economist

Products and services

Zopa warns over defaults as investor returns decline [Search result]FT

Tax confusion as three-year pensioner bonds come to an end – ThisIsMoney

Stelios’ new EasyISA pays 4.05%, but beware it is not risk-free – EasyMoney

12 tips on giving well to charities – ThisIsMoney

Comparing online brokers? Our interactive tool has had a refresh – Monevator

BA goes to war on long-haul flights with a £260 deal to Argentina – ThisIsMoney

10 things to know before choosing a care home [Search result]FT

After making money in a year when everything went up, “Hedge funds are back!”Barrons

The seven kinds of asset owning institutions – CFA Institute

Comment and opinion

Variable spending in retirement from a volatile portfolio – Retirement Cafe

Investors have spoken – The Humble Dollar

Lessons learned from a London credit card theft – ThisIsMoney

When (US) stocks and bonds fall together – The Irrelevant Investor

Inflation is a bigger risk to stocks than rising rates – Bloomberg

Be honest: most young homebuyers don’t ‘save’, they inherit [Search result]FT

Come fly with me (you can pay with BA Avios points) – 3652 Days

Getting rich is about willpower – Financial Samurai

Candid thoughts from a 35-year UK fund management veteran – TEBI

The grouchy epidemic of professional investors – Institutional Investor

Animal Spirits is a great listen for investing fanatics [Podcast]Animal Spirits

Investment red flag watch: The return of the SPAC – The Value Perspective

For stockpickers: Being (conservatively) roughly right – Gannon on Investing

Off our beat

‘I’m 37, I’m dying and this is how I spend it’ – Guardian

Airbnb and the unintended consequences of disruption – The Atlantic

Why I’m bullish on Generation Z – Morgan Housel

And finally…

“I am never bothered by normal people. It is the bull***tter in the ‘intellectual’ profession who bothers me. Seeing the psychologist Steven Pinker making pronouncements about things intellectual has a similar effect to encountering a drive-in Burger King while hiking in the middle of a national park.”
– Nassim Taleb, Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

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  • 51 ATLANT3AN March 10, 2018, 6:01 pm

    Hey The Investor,

    My mattress is getting more uncomfortable by the day, I’ve had it over 10 years so it’s time to get a new one, I knew I would need to buy one sooner or later. I am so grateful for your website which has helped set me on this path to FI which I feel so privileged to be on yours was the first website that led me to find out about all of this as I was looking for ways to invest a figure of money I had come into and this site was one that came up talking about passive index investing.

    As a thanks, and a sign I enjoy spending money on things that bring great value and joy to me, I feel no remorse buying this and thought I would do so as a thank you to you personally, enjoy your referral fee :). If I don’t like the bed, I will return it before the 100 days and get a full refund.

    Regards,
    Chris

  • 52 The Investor March 11, 2018, 10:01 am

    @ATLANT3AN — Thanks for your note, and for buying the mattress through the link! I love mine, comfort and sleep wise. I did find the plastick-y smell took about a week to clear (it’s gas that accumulates in transport) but other people on the Internet report not being bothered in just a few days. Ideally I’d open it an a room you don’t need to use for 24 hours and keep the windows open. I am *very* sensitive to smell though!

    Really glad you’ve found the site helpful.

    Enjoy your sleep!

  • 53 TheFIJourney April 10, 2018, 10:28 pm

    Hey the Investor, this is ATLANT3AN albeit under a new name. Just like to update you on the Casper I bought through your link. It’s so comfy, well worth the money. There’s no way I am sending it back 🙂

  • 54 The Investor April 10, 2018, 11:01 pm

    @TheFIJourney — Great news! I love mine, too, I’m sure I sleep better on it than before.

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