Every week I read a large number of personal finance and investing articles. Here’s my latest weekly shortcut to the best.
As usual I’ve linked to a few great blog reads first, followed by some choice articles from the mainstream media.
Good reads from the financial blogosphere
- Mint.com’s visual guide to inflation is a must-read.
- MoneyNing has a good article on preparing for a 50% pay cut, a guest post from My Wife Quit Her Job.
- Should you pay off your debts before investing, asks Moolanomy?
- Oblivious Investor explains why he doubts you can beat the market. (Also see The New York Times article below).
- Dividends Value has an update on the growth of ETFs in the US. Investing School explains what ETFs are, in case you’re not up-to-speed.
- Behaviour Gap TV claims there are honest financial planners in the world. That it needs to be argued speaks volumes.
Good articles from other websites and papers
- The Independent says the jury is still out on the near-term prospects for UK property funds. (I’d favour REITS or directly buying property shares).
- Meanwhile The Times focusses on emerging markets. (Again they peddle funds. I’d look at something like the Templeton Emerging Markets investment trust, which I hold).
- The New York Times reports that U.S. investors spend an incredible $100 billion a year trying to beat the market.
- You could read this Motley Fool UK recap on the case for corporate bonds, if you’re still waiting for me to finish my series on investing in corporate bonds. (I’ve decided to buy the Barclays Equity Gilt Study for 2009 to get the data I need to finish it…)
- Ever-charming banks are asking wealthy buy-to-let property investors for millions of pounds in extra equity, despite there being no defaults on their portfolios, says the Financial Times.
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