Good reads from around the Web.
I laughed out loud reading The Escape Artist’s FAQ for City workers who are thinking about attending a summer festival.
Here’s an extract:
Can I catch communism at a festival?
No. Communism is not a communicable disease. Communism is in fact a sub-optimal system for organising the allocation of scarce resources favoured by The Soviet Union and China prior to the 1990s. Unfortunately for the millions of working class people that died as a result.
Festivals are excellent examples of capitalism at work. Like companies, festivals work best when they treat people as humans, are lightly regulated, flexible and run by good people who don’t get too greedy.
Yes, there are plenty of stalls selling…ahem…non-essential items such as healing crystals, whale song CDs and vegetarian sandals…but these are small entrepreneurs providing what people want.
The irony is that many bankers think festivals are full of communists. Yet it is the bankers that work in monolithic faceless bureaucracies supported by The State.
Most banks make decisions with the efficiency of a 1930s Soviet tractor factory.
Many Monevator readers are City workers. A few of you might be offended, but to be honest I suspect you’ll find it funniest of all.
(Besides, he is talking about the other people…)
Do read the full FAQ.
From the blogs
Making good use of the things that we find…
- Asset allocation: Make it personal – Vanguard blog
- How contributions affect your rate of return [Ignore Canada stuff] – CCP
- Why optimal portfolios are so hard to create [Geeky!] – Rick Ferri
- The case for gold: It’s more than a pet rock – Alpha Markets
- Share buybacks: Good or bad? – Woodford Funds
- Total UK dividends just hit a record high – DIY Investor (UK)
- 5-year compound return for gold miners lowest since 1980s – SSOL
- Are we nearing peak commodity hatred? – Pragmatic Capitalism
- Ferreting out the fat cats – Richard Beddard / iii blog
- Disruption and Aggregation Theory – Stratechery
- Valuing the FTSE 250 – UK Value Investor
- Shouldn’t the Jones’ be keeping up with us? – Dividend Mantra
- Uber Irrational – The Psy-Fi blog
- The case for paying off your mortgage early… – Under The Money Tree
- …or indulging in some extreme downsizing – The FIREStarter
- 2015: First half progress report – Retirement Investing Today
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
- Tips for choosing an ETF – ETF.com
- Hedge funds as a class perform like pricey ETF portfolios – ETF Trends
- Swedroe: Hedge funds continue to fail – ETF.com
- Housel: Everyone was mad for gold in 2011. Oops. – Twitter
- The extra tax that’ll be due on £20,000 of dividend income – Telegraph
- Harry Nimmo’s investment trust is on a big discount – Telegraph
Other stuff worth reading
- Would you pay more if income tax and N.I. is merged? – ThisIsMoney
- Secure your future with money you didn’t know you had – N.Y. Times
- Life stories from Generation Rent – Guardian
- Entrepreneurs get money (not genes) from their families – Quartz
- Simon Evans Goes to Market: Coffee [Podcast] – BBC Radio 4
- Meet the man who flies the world for free – Rolling Stone
- Inside the Government’s Nudge division – BBC
Book of the week: The algorithms that nowadays attempt to guess our every move occasionally get lucky. So it was this week at Amazon, when its software slaves correctly predicted I’d be interested in Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. True, this take on Warren Buffett’s legendary sidekick is not out until October. But the premise looks good and the author runs a thoughtful blog. One for the wish list.
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