Good reads from around the Web.
A quick note: We now have a mobile phone version of the site running, which you should see if you visit Monevator on your device.
I’ve long resisted doing this – partly because I have good eyesight but also because I prefer to keep things simple.
However some of you asked for it, and Google recently read the riot act and said it would stop telling people about us if we didn’t play nicely on a phone.
I hope more of you like the mobile version than don’t.
Either way, there’s a toggle at the bottom of articles viewed on a phone to switch between the mobile and desktop versions, so if you hate it you can turn it off.
Enjoy the long weekend!
From the blogs
Making good use of the things that we find…
- Are long-term bonds still worth the risk? – AWOCS
- A dozen things learned from Jean Marie Eveillard – 25iq
- Second level thinking – A Wealth of Common Sense
- The US market’s dotty valuation – The Value Perspective
- Should you use active managers? – The Investor’s Field Guide
- In search of the special one – Richard Beddard
- Is value investing too much bother for its rare rewards? – Servo
- Do retirees need a smoothed income? – Simple Living in Suffolk
- A big ego makes you vulnerable to fraud – The Reformed Broker
- How to cycle up that hill – The Escape Artist
- The myth of dynastic wealth [Academic PDF] – SSRN
- What I’m teaching my son about money – Mr Money Mustache
Product of the week: It might finally be time to fix your mortgage rate, reckons The Guardian. You can get a two-year fix from the Yorkshire Building Society at 1.07%, which ThisIsMoney reckons is the lowest ever.
Mainstream media money
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 of that site.1
- Swedroe: Avoiding recency bias – ETF.com
- Do foreign stocks diversify? [Video] – Morningstar
- Some real-world examples of the cost of high fees – Barrons
- Fancy ETF fees rising, but overall trend is down – Barrons
- Even Rick Ferri is getting into robo-advising – ETF.com
- The wary retreat of the bond bulls [Search result] – FT
- Why you’ll wish you’d bought Danaher – Bloomberg
- Active fund consistency doesn’t mean much – Morningstar
- What top US stock pickers have been buying – Morningstar
- Investing in craft beer companies – Interactive Investor
- Outside investors are too much hassle for hedge tycoons – NY Times
Other stuff worth reading
- Housel: The priceless art of not caring – Motley Fool US
- How to mentally prepare for the next big crash – NY Times
- Is your middle-class lifestyle under threat? – Telegraph
- London’s housing crisis in pictures – Guardian
- Crowdfunded buy-to-let investing – Guardian
- The pros and cons of living on a canal – Guardian
- British couple lost £146k in a Portuguese bank bust – ThisIsMoney
- Being tall confers a lot of benefits – The Atlantic
- Learn how to survive being kidnapped – Slate
Book of the week: You can bag an Amazon Fire HD 7 tablet for just £89 right now. It’s nippy and has all the gizmos you’d expect (nice screen, cameras, and so on) but being an old fuddy-duddy I think I’ll still with my venerable Kindle. (Ah, the joys of a plain screen and a cheap grey case. Kids today don’t know what they’re missing. Et cetera.)
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- Note some FT articles can only be accessed through the search results if you’re using PC/desktop view (from mobile/tablet view they bring up the firewall/subscription page). To circumvent, switch your mobile browser to use the desktop view. On Chrome for Android: press the menu button followed by “Request Desktop Site”. [↩]