What caught my eye this week.
I wrote a big comment under Fire V London’s fascinating post about how a tech billionaire of his acquaintance goes about investing. But then the Blogger comment system thing caused problems, as it often seems to, and it ate my second attempt.
(Perhaps the billionaire could fix that technology?)
The gist was I found myself hugely jealous. Not of the billion quid – bizarrely enough to most of the world, but perhaps not to some of you – but of the billionaire’s lifestyle.
His gadding around the world investing in start-ups and staying engaged with the latest big trends sounds like my dream day job:
David specialises ‘value-added’ angel investing, mostly (or possibly exclusively) in the tech sector. His investments vary in size from $500k to €10m+.
He has 30+ such investments and is reasonably hands-on with several.
My impression is he is looking for visionary, ambitious businesses based in Europe, where he can put some serious money to work – and he is not afraid of being the biggest shareholder.
The only way I can really justify my dabbling in unlisted equities is because I want to try to develop some similar skills to do this. But I know I’m just a baby version of this bloke.
Of course I also need to develop the spare capital to put to work to fund such ultra-risky investing… but that’s where the rest of my portfolio comes in!
Fellow investing junkies can read the whole post here.
A friend asks: Should I put all my money into this can’t lose cryptocurrency venture? – Monevator
From the archive-ator: Coping with the guilt of losing money – Monevator
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Visa apologises after system crash causes card payments chaos – Guardian
Traders with pockets full of crypto quit Wall Street and The City – Bloomberg
Why does it take so long to sell a property? [Search result] – FT
UK house prices slip as market loses momentum – Telegraph
Landlords are selling down a net 3,800 properties a month – ThisIsMoney
‘David’ takes aim at ‘Goliath’ Invesco in row over fund fees [Search result] – FT
Get lucky: meet the competition addicts raking in thousands – Guardian
A judge sides with parents and rules their 30-year old son must rule out – CNN
Products and services
RBS/Natwest credit card holders warned spending could be ‘frozen’ under new rules – Guardian
Don’t get thrown off by sustainable fund labels [US but relevant] – Morningstar
The FCA has published an FAQ for customers of bust broker Beaufort securities… – FCA
…UK investor society Sharesoc says write to your MP about the issues raised – Sharesoc
What medical treatment costs in various holiday destinations, and the cost of insurance – Telegraph
“How did Amazon know my new Visa card information before me?” – Guardian
Do you know you can now make peer-to-peer investments in an innovative finance ISA and earn interest tax-free? RateSetter will pay you £100 (and me a bonus) if you invest £1,000 for a year via my affiliate link – RateSetter
Comment and opinion
How about now? – The Irrelevant Investor
Investing is overrated, and other lessons learned over 25 years – Morningstar
Holding through a crash: Easy in theory, difficult in practice – Of Dollars and Data
Humphreys, Rwanda, and why you should invest in frontier markets [Search result] – FT
The Lifetime Allowance for pensions explained – Young FI Guy
Looking behind the obituaries of those frugal and secret millionaires – Humble Dollar
Tim Harford: I can make one confident forecast. My forecasts will fail [Search result] – FT
Playing in traffic – A Wealth of Common Sense
The real reasons people take financial advice – Money Marketing
Investing is no place for ‘Once upon a time’ – The Value Perspective
Robert Shiller thinks Bitcoin will probably go extinct – Dealbreaker
Kindle book bargains
How To Be F*cking Awesome by Dan Meredith – £0.99 on Kindle
Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches by Carlo Ancelotti – £1.99 on Kindle
Successful Self-Publishing: How to self-publish and market your book in ebook and print by Joanna Penn – £0.00 on Kindle
Here are 11 Brexit promises the government quietly dropped – The Guardian
The first Swiss lesson for Brexit Britain: Negotiations never end – Prospect
It was a mistake for the Government to equate Brexit with leaving a European customs union and the single market – Evening Standard
Off our beat
Why no-one answers their phone anymore – The Atlantic
Newly created molecule could prevent the common cold – Imperial College London
Obituary: Musician Glenn Branca, 1948-2018 – Wire
Ethiopia already is the China of Africa – Bloomberg
Benedict Come-and-get-some – Telegraph
“Churchill sent Keynes a cable reading, ‘Am coming around to your point of view.’ His Lordship replied, ‘Sorry to hear it. Have started to change my mind.’ ”
– Philip E. Tetlock, Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
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