What caught my eye this week.
A few weeks ago we discussed  whether investing blogs were running out of things to say.
Perhaps this reached ace writer Morgan Housel via Chinese whispers as a death cry  of “FINISH HIM!”
Because as if to rub salt into the wounds, Housel has now condensed a whole blogosphere of personal finance wisdom into one short post .
My favourite sequence of his Short Money Rules:
3. Good investing is 50% psychology, 48% history, 2% finance.
4. Great investing is 40% skill, 20% luck, 40% inability to tell which is which.
5. Bad investing is 40% overconfidence, 40% fees, 20% denial that keeps it all going.
It’s all good stuff, so do check out Morgan’s complete article .
(With luck he’s dropped the mic, walked off the stage, and left the rest of us to keep on waffling these points into 1,000 word epics… 😉 )
Have a great weekend everyone!
Updated! Low cost index trackers that will save you money – Monevator 
From the archive-ator: A mortgage is just money rented from a bank – Monevator 
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Research reveals who made the most from UK property [Search result] – FT 
Property repossessions at lowest level since the 1980s… – BBC 
…but property professionals still gloomiest in a decade – ThisIsMoney 
Amazon to launch first checkout-free stores in London – Retail Gazette 
The fashion models struggling with a life of debt – BBC 
JP Morgan is rolling out the first US bank-backed cryptocurrency – CNBC 
£25m car scrappage scheme for ‘low-income families’ in London ahead of 2021 air quality clean-up – ThisIsMoney 
BOE: Business investment diverged sharply after the EU Referendum – Sky’s Ed Conway via Twitter 
Products and services
Should you have to pay exit fees if your investing site shuts down? – ThisIsMoney 
New site launched to help workers claim uncollected pay – Guardian 
Could you make £150 a month selling unwanted clothes on fee-free Vinted? – ThisIsMoney 
How to improve your credit score [Search result] – FT 
Ratesetter will give you a free £100 [and me a cash bonus] if you invest £1,000 for a year – Ratesetter 
Hargreaves’ own-brand funds under-perform [Search result] – FT 
“Our MDF furniture brought toxic fumes into our home” – Guardian 
Mews houses for sale [Gallery] – Guardian 
Comment and opinion
When aiming for a target, consider the accuracy of the weapon – Portfolio Charts 
What are the different measures of inflation, and are we being conned? – Guardian 
Diversify when the upside is limited – The Market Cyclist 
Budgeting with Cardi B – A Wealth of Common Sense 
Do you like what’s in the tin of your global index fund? – DIY Investor UK 
They Live [On big picture asset allocation biases] – Epsilon Theory 
More evidence ‘tactical investing’ is code for ‘do worse’ – Capital Spectator 
How to wreck a pension plan in three easy steps – A Wealth of Common Sense 
Fund managers are still overweight cash and underweight shares… – Fat Pitch 
…but other data suggests private investors have already piled back in – Dan Lyon 
FTSE 100 dividend-based valuation and forecast for 2019 – UK Value Investor 
Britain is losing £40bn a year to Brexit, says BOE rate-setter – ThisIsMoney 
Porsche is asking customers to commit to 10% price hikes if no-deal Brexit – ThisIsMoney 
Dutch Brexit humour from outside the nuthouse – Simple Living in Somerset 
Cambridge academic bares all in a bid to reverse Brexit – via Twitter 
Kindle  book bargains
Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – £1.99 on Kindle 
ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried – £1.99 on Kindle 
Unscripted: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship by MJ DeMarco – £0.99 on Kindle 
Off our beat
This man devised a formula for finding love, and followed it – BBC 
Fun rant about our supposedly inevitable jobless AI future – Scott Locklin 
The cognitive aristocracy – Of Dollars and Data 
Water bottle signalling [Clearly I’m ancient, news to me!] – The Atlantic 
“I stole £30,000 from my mum to make millions” – BBC 
Would a $249 gravity blanket help you sleep better? – 1483 
“Superior investors are people who have a better sense for what tickets are in the bowl, and thus for whether it’s worth participating in the lottery. In other words, while superior investors — like everyone else — don’t know exactly what the future holds, they do have an above-average understanding of future tendencies.”
– Howard Marks, Mastering the Market Cycle 
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