Good reads from around the Web.
Hey you! Are you a Monevator reader living outside of the US or the UK – or at least a speaker of another language – who is pursuing financial freedom?
Then we need your help!
Every week or two I’ll get an email that goes something along the lines of:
“Dear Investor, I love Monevator but I’m based in Croatia [or Singapore or France or wherever] and some of the regulations and financial products are different here.
Also we have better cheese [/beer/monkeys].
Anyway, do you know any good Croatian [/French/so on] bloggers that are into investing and financial independence who I can also follow?”
And the answer is – no, I don’t.
However I was thinking that perhaps YOU do.
So this is the day when I’m asking you to tell us all via the comments below about any good non-UK/US blogs that you think your countrymen and women should know about.
Please share a link, and a few lines (in English) about why it’s worth reading.
No big media websites or similar. Personal bloggers are what we’re after here.
Of course perhaps the reason I keep getting asked this question is because there aren’t very many such websites out there in the wider world.
But if we do get a decent list then I’ll put together a post that can serve as a reference for future queries.
Oh, and please don’t abandon Monevator for your new foreign flame!
Variety is the portfolio diversification of life…
p.s. A thought experiment: You’re cruising down the motorway when a clown car suddenly appears headed towards you from the opposite direction, forcing you to swerve into a brick wall at 80mph. As the impact approaches, one of the clowns shouts: “What are you screaming for? You haven’t even hit the wall yet.” Do you sigh, relieved, and give him a cheery thumbs up? Yes, according to this delusional Telegraph article on the Brexit-vote induced rate cut.
From the blogs
Making good use of the things that we find…
- Clarifying the case for indexing – Vanguard Blog
- The simplicity portfolio: One year on – The Escape Artist
- The US market isn’t really that expensive – The Brooklyn Investor
- The worst ETFs you can own – A Wealth of Common Sense
- Pro basketballers would make bad value investors – The Value Perspective
- Lies investors believe – A Teachable Moment
- A dozen things learned from Andy Grove of Intel – 25iq
- Profit and loss – Seth Godin
- John Oliver on money [Video, funny] – The Evidence-based Investor
- A look at sustainable drawdown strategies – DIY Investor (UK)
- How are student finances holding up? – Save the Student
- The way to find success – What I Learned On Wall Street
- Perhaps the 25 greatest recipes in the world – Meb Faber
Product of the week: I mentioned on Friday that the best one-year fixed-rate savings bond I can currently find is from Ikano Bank, a subsidiary of IKEA. The Telegraph highlights the same bond – paying 1.6% as of today – and warns readers to act quickly before it is pulled. Second best is a 1.55% payer you can get from Paragon Bank, or if you can stretch to an 18-month lock-in then there’s a slightly higher paying 1.65% rate bond from the Bank of Cyprus.
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
- The case for low-cost index fund investing [PDF] – Vanguard
- A money man’s biggest financial mistakes – AARP
- Swedroe: Investors like lottery tickets – ETF.com
- Emerging markets – time to look again? [Search result] – FT
- Why Tesla shareholders back the SolarCity takeover – New York Times
- Richard Beddard has issues with Games Workshop – Interactive Investor
A word from a broker
- Interest rates: The UK in a global context – TD Direct Investing
- Shares as an alternative to cash ISAs – Hargreaves Lansdown
Other stuff worth reading
- Treating the hangover: Carney cuts interest rates – The Economist
- How affordable is rent in your local authority area? [Tool] – BBC
- How parents fund house deposits nationwide – ThisIsMoney
- Should you cash in your final salary pension? [Search result] – FT
- Thank you George Osborne for the annuity rule changes – Guardian
- Use your pension to minimize inheritance tax [Search result] – FT
- Landlord claims buy-to-let can still generate 20% returns – Telegraph
- An interview with the founder of RateSetter – ThisIsMoney
- The doctor who beat big tobacco – Guardian
- Facebook is not a technology company – The Atlantic
Book of the week: I sometimes question what I have become. Such as when I find myself seriously considering whether I should buy a copy of Inside The Investments Of Warren Buffett, written by a German portfolio manager called Yefei Lu. This £26.42 tome (cheaper on Kindle) apparently spends 312 pages dissecting in loving detail just 20 of Buffett’s most interesting investments, going way back to 1958. It’s hard to imagine anything much geekier. Readers, I’m tempted.
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- Note some 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”. [↩]