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Weekend reading: Easter express edition

What caught my eye this week.

This will be a busy Easter, so I’m getting Weekend Reading out of the way early. And when I say ‘busy’ I mostly mean ‘busy shopping’. I’ll be very glad when my new flat is done. I’m ready to begin laying down the avocado bathroom suite equivalent of the future.

Slightly fewer links than usual, so if you do spot something good I’ve missed, please add it in the comments below. 🙂

Happy Easter!

From Monevator

A worked example of defusing capital gains – Monevator [1]

From the archive-ator: 10 lessons learned from accidentally starting a business – Monevator [2]


Note: 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.1 [3]

Household spending growth hit a six-year low in 2017 on Brexit inflation – Guardian [4]

Council tax in England rises the most in 14 years – ThisIsMoney [5]

London property slump most widespread since the financial crisis – Guardian [6]

Trump’s Tweets wipe $50bn off the value of Amazon – ThisIsMoney [7]

Traders did not bet on Esma tightening CFD rules [Search result]FT [8]

Buy-to-let returns rose everywhere but London in 2017 – ThisIsMoney [9]

How the bull market tech darlings have plunged in 2018 – The Irrelevant Investor [10]

Products and services

Halifax launches Best Buy cash ISA paying 2.25%, but there’s a five year lockup – ThisIsMoney [11]

Some cash ISAs save you just 8p in tax per £1,000 – ThisIsMoney [12]

Could Revolut’s virtual ‘disposable card’ protect you against online payment fraud? – Telegraph [13]

Barclays to suspend online services on Sunday for 24m customers as it splits retail and investment bank – Guardian [14]

Is Vanguard’s success a problem? Some customers think so [Search result]WSJ [15]

Cryptocurrencies have lost $250bn in 2018, says Charlie Bilello – via Twitter [16]

Smart Beta institute warns against Smart Beta – Institutional Investor [17]

I love my Caspar mattress, and the ‘new smell’ has faded… let’s both save £50! – Caspar [18]

How to invest in AIM shares to sidestep inheritance taxes – Telegraph [19]

Comment and opinion

Would you take £1m now or £1,000 a week for the rest of your life? – Guardian [20]

Charged up about pension fees – SexHealthMoneyDeath [21]

“I regret spending £50,000 on my wedding”BBC [22]

Lesser-known ways to cut your personal tax bill – ThisIsMoney [23]

Why should I need a new iPad to bank online? [Search result]FT [24]

The trials and tribulations of switching platforms – Simple Living in Somerset [25]

Why we don’t own a car – Young FI Guy [26]

Investing (as a stock picker) is hard – Micro Cap Club [27]

Why it’s harder than you think to make your fortune at a hedge fund – e.f.c [28]

The ideal house to raise a family [Interesting US perspective]Financial Samurai [29]

Gradually rising interest rates? Don’t be too sure – The Value Perspective [30]

Some thoughts on Dignity shares after a 70% price fall – UK Value Investor [31]

Why you shouldn’t volunteer for a charity – 3652 Days [32]

Valuing Spotify – Musings on Markets Part 1 [33] and Part 2 [34]

Kindle book bargains

Royal Legacy: How the royal family have made, spent and passed on their wealth by David McClure – £0.99 on Kindle [35]

Make Your Bed: Small things that can change your life… and maybe the world by William McRaven – £1.99 on Kindle [36]

The Marshmallow Test: Understanding Self-control and How To Master It by Walter Mischel – £1.99 on Kindle [37]

Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar – £1.99 on Kindle [38]

Off our beat

49 lessons from 49 years – Get Rich Slowly [39]

China’s space lab will crash to earth like a “splendid” meteor shower – NDTV [40]

The art of enjoying the burn – Raptitude [41]

And finally…

“Charles Kindleberger explained the self-perpetuating feeding frenzy that develops when speculators start making money: ‘There is nothing so disturbing to one’s well-being and judgment as to see a friend get rich’.”
― Zac Bissonnette, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion & the Dark Side of Cute [42]

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  1. 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”. [ [45]]