What caught my eye this week.
First off, apologies if you got a rogue email from us yesterday pointing to a popular US investing website – and nothing else!
This was a screw-up, and the person responsible has been roundly ballsed-out – which was the longest talking to I’ve given myself in a bathroom mirror since I worked up the courage to ask out Joanna Jones when I was 13.
It was also a reminder that I really must sort out our creaking email system.
If you subscribe to Monevator by email (and how could you not, it’s free?) then please watch for an opt-in reconfirmation in the next few weeks. That will ensure you keep getting posted our articles.
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Watching the watchmen
Second, a quick pointer that the FCA is after comments on its discussion paper concerning the rules around high-risk investments and regulated investment firms.
I appreciate that Monevator is the spiritual home of ‘two cheap diversified tracker funds in a tax-wrapper and you’re done’ investing. Many of the products being looked at – such as P2P investing, crypto, and crowdfunding – are frowned upon by true passivistas.
But personally I enjoy the opportunity to
lose money experiment with all sorts of weird and wacky things – with my eyes open to the risks – and I know I’m not alone.
Of course there should be proper regulation, disclosure, and oversight. But active and esoteric investing shouldn’t just be for the rich.
Maybe you feel differently? Fair enough. The point is the FCA is asking for your thoughts by 1 July. If you want to have your say, you best get opining.
Otherwise there are truly tons of links below, just in time for the end of summer floods… Enjoy!
How an offset mortgage can help you achieve financial freedom – Monevator
Defensive asset allocation and model portfolios – Monevator
From the archive-ator: Enter The Accumulator’s confession booth – Monevator
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UK inflation hits 2.1%, ahead of BOE target – Reuters
About 2.3m Britons hold cryptocurrencies, despite warnings – Guardian
JP Morgan swallows Nutmeg ahead of UK launch of digital bank – Sky News
Cashless society nears, with only one in six payments in cash – Guardian
UK food and drink exports to the EU have plummeted – ThisIsMoney
FCA urges thousands to seek compensation over pension transfers [Search result] – FT
‘Big Short’ investor Michael Burry warns of biggest bubble in history – Business Insider
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newsroom raided by 500 officers over national security law… – Reuters
…and the paper subsequently sells five times as many copies – BBC
The distributions of equity returns are not that different whether inflation was rising (blue) or falling (red) [PDF] – JP Morgan
Products and services
Equifax has revamped its credit score scale: does it matter? – Which
Lifetime ISA deposits hit £1bn for the first time – ThisIsMoney
Offer: Open a SIPP at Interactive Investor and you pay no SIPP admin fee for six months, saving you £60 – Interactive Investor
Savers pull £24.5 billion from NS&I after rates are slashed – ThisIsMoney
Fidelity now has nearly $18bn in its game-changing zero-fee index funds – Investment News
Sign-up to Freetrade via my link and we can both get a free share worth between £3 and £200 – Freetrade
Seraphim investment trust to give UK investors access to space – ThisIsMoney
How the Maker crypto token reinvents the financial system – Net Interest
Homes for celebrating the summer solstice, in pictures – Guardian
Comment and opinion
Three solutions for index fund voting dominance – Morningstar
Portfolio acid test – Humble Dollar
Want to stick to your budget? Open six bank accounts – Guardian
A mindful way to pay your bills – Rock Wealth
Avoiding early retirement invisibility madness – Leisure Freak
Predicting inflation is hard – A Wealth of Common Sense
Factory reset – Indeedably
Mid caps are not hidden champions versus small or large – Factor Research
The evidence against private equity and venture capital – Advisor Perspectives
Naughty corner: Active antics
When does the stock market go up? – The Blindfolded Chimpanzee
Two stock pickers look back at their Covid trading journals [Podcast] – Telescope Investing
Mega marketplaces – Drinking from the Firehose
Ideas – Enso Finance
The Schiehallion Fund: early and patient – IT Investor
The post-Covid economy mini-special
Office, hybrid, or home? – Guardian
Winners and losers of the Work From Home revolution – The Atlantic
Kill the five-day workweek – The Atlantic via MSN
A ‘Great Resignation’ wave is coming for companies – Axios
Half of US pandemic unemployment money may have been stolen [Really?!] – Axios
English Covid R number remains unchanged at 1.2-1.4 – Reuters
What will delaying the 21 June full unlock achieve? – BBC
All over-18s in England can now book a vaccine appointment – The Sun
Brazil’s main Covid strategy is a cocktail of unproven drugs – NPR
In hunt for pandemic’s origin, new studies point away from lab leak – Guardian
Kindle book bargains
The Joy of Work: 30 Ways To Fall In Love With Your job Again by Bruce Daisley – £0.99 on Kindle
Legacy by James Kerr – £0.99 on Kindle
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – £0.99 on Kindle
Liars Poker by Michael Lewis – £0.99 on Kindle
How low can birth rates go before it’s a problem? – Five Thirty Eight
Standard or ESG benchmark? – Klement on Investing
Off our beat
Man swallowed then spat out by a whale – Cape Cod Times
Harder than it looks, not as fun as it seems – Morgan Housel
Some scientists believe the universe is conscious – Popular Mechanics
Three couples in their 60s who share a house in their retirement – Guardian
“Indeed, the very idea of ‘normality’ is now little more than a fiction, and in no sense a guide to the future in a world continuously reshaped by radical uncertainty.”
– Gordon Brown, Seven Ways To Change The World
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