Some interesting financial and investing posts I ran across this week, plus a few decent articles from the newspapers.
I’ve noticed some of my favourite bloggers like Frugal Dad  name their weekly roundups, so I thought I’d start doing the same with a nod to the dramatic F1 crisis . Not sure what the benefit is but it keeps things interesting!
Also exciting this week was receiving a link from Harvard professor Dani Rodrik .
It was an insight into how the Internet has democratised the flow of ideas. Read my post on Rodrik’s Capitalism 3.0  lecture for some extensive comments by reader Niklas, too.
From the money and investing blogs
- Oblivious Investor discusses index funds  in the context of efficient markets.
- FiveCentNickel outlines the pros and cons of mutual funds .
- Darwin’s Finance discusses structured notes . (Personally, I’m wary about structured products  but the author gives a good oversight, including risks).
- BadMoneyAdvice picks up on bizarre wrangling over Barclays’ bill for Lehman’s furniture .
- MoneyNing offers some ideas about saving money every month .
- This post on the path to financial/career contentment  by Frugal Dad mirrors my own thinking in recent years, although I can’t claim to have reached contentment yet!
- Wealth Pilgrim has had problems lending money to friends and family . So have I, but it’s difficult not to feel the need sometimes. Perhaps gifting is the best approach.
- Moolanomy points out that it’s good to buy stocks cheap .
Generally UK-related articles from other websites and papers
- Martin Wolf in the FT has written a typical thought provoking article  comparing the current downturn with the Great Depression.
- Sticking with the FT, Merryn is worried about commercial property in the US .
- Returning to structured products, this article by Hargreaves Landsdown does a good job of explaining more of the downsides .
- The Independent suggests a corporate bond fund , again.
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