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Weekend reading: A political day is a long time in the markets

Weekend reading

Some good reads from around the Web.

I have dug up an extra great list of links this week, so just a brief intro via a graph from Business Insider, showing one crazy day in Greece.

In normal times I’d argue that equating broad stock market moves with micro-political developments in a country worth 1% of European GDP was risible.

But these are not normal times – I was watching the markets closely on Thursday, and I watched it happen:

A day in Greece (Click to Enlarge)

Of course, it’s much better to ignore the markets and your portfolio for months at a time. Short-term volatility doesn’t matter when it comes to long-term returns.

Worse, new research suggests that volatile markets can damage your health!

From the money blogs

Deal of the week: The FT’s Merryn Somerset-Webb tips Safe As Houses? as a ‘must read’. It offers a unique analysis of UK property prices.

Mainstream media money

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  • 1 Moneyman November 6, 2011, 4:09 pm

    Thanks for that weekend reading! I particularly liked the graph on correlation (or lack of it) between US bonds and equities, which led to:

    http://www.the-diy-income-investor.com/2011/11/carry-on-balancing.html

  • 2 OldPro November 7, 2011, 10:56 am

    Seconded… and your own hat tip to your own links in your piece before the links. Excellent and diverse reading this week… where do you find the time to find it?

  • 3 The Investor November 7, 2011, 12:55 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement chaps. There are sometimes Saturday mornings when I wonder why I’m writing an article instead of sleeping in or walking in the sunshine, so it’s nice to get the positive feedback.

    To be honest it’s not a big hardship, though, as I’m a voracious reader on financial and money matters. This is just a way of sharing what I discover. And they’re all sites I regularly visit, anyway.

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