What caught my eye this week.
Hey you! Yes – you! Are you someone who would like to grab a free share in a publicly traded company?
Perhaps you’re a passive investor who wants to dabble with a little ‘fun money’ portfolio on the side, to stop you straying with the big stash?
Or maybe you’re an active investor – like me for my sins – and you’re sick of spending thousands in fees?
Maybe you’re jealous of all this no-fee trading in the US that you keep reading about?
Or maybe you’ve enjoyed Monevator for years and would just like the chance to throw us a bone – at no cost to yourself!
(Did I mention it was free already? Yes, a free share.)
Well in all these cases you’re in luck.
Because you can now get yourself a free share by signing up via my referral link to Freetrade, the UK’s commission-free trading pioneer.
And in getting your free share, Freetrade will give me one, for introducing you!
Our free shares will be randomly allocated, but there’s the chance of getting one worth up to £200. Yes really. So far I’ve only had shares worth less than £5, but hey, a blogger can dream.
To get your free share you need to set up your Freetrade app via my link, which involves funding your new account with as little as £1 and ideally filling in the W-8BEN form via the app.
Filling in this form means your free share can be UK or US-listed.
Incidentally it’s worth signing up to Freetrade just to see how slick it is. Over the years I’ve completed a W-8BEN form for half-a-dozen brokers, and none took mere seconds like here.
The design of the app (pictured) is pretty, too.
Don’t miss your free share
So what are you waiting for? Sign up and we’ll both get an early Christmas present.
I would conclude by saying it’s a win-win, except you should know I’m doing slightly better from the deal than you. That’s because I’m also a (tiny) shareholder in Freetrade.
Hence – full disclosure – I am just a smidge biased when I say I hope you love the app. 😉
Again, click here to begin the sign-up process towards getting your free share.
Thanks to anyone who does the deed – and have a great weekend!
Vanguard finally reveals details on its long-awaited SIPP – Monevator
Lump sum investing versus drip-feeding – Monevator
From the archive-ator: Help, the market has gone up! – Monevator
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Saudi Aramco raises $25.6bn in world’s biggest share sale – BBC
House prices in surprise bounceback as buyers take advantage of cheap mortgage deals – ThisIsMoney
Tory chancellor pledges to review IR35 rollout in UK private sector, just like all the other parties – The Register
Mini-bond ad ban ‘too little, too late’ – Yahoo
The death of Chile’s pension promise [Search result] – FT
Every new mobile phone purchaser in China must now have their face scanned – MIT Tech Review
Martin Wolf: How to reform today’s rigged capitalism [Search result] – FT
Products and services
Tandem Bank scraps best-buy 0.5% cashback deal for new membership model – ThisIsMoney
Ratesetter will pay you £100 [and me a cash bonus] if you invest £1,000 for a year – Ratesetter
Hiring a nanny: What I wish I’d known [Search result] – FT
ETF gatekeepers and keymasters [Nerdy, podcast] – Trillions
Gated commercial property funds mini-special
M&G UK commercial property firm suspended… – BBC
…investors flee Standard Life Aberdeen property fund following M&G gating – Investment Week
…and investors have withdrawn £1.5bn from UK property funds since the start of 2019 – ThisIsMoney
Comment and opinion
Be ready to see your portfolio go down in value – Klement on Investing
How to spend money – Of Dollars and Data
Bull markets can last much longer than you think – A Wealth of Common Sense
Five mindsets that can get in the way of creating wealth – Psychology Today
Morgan Housel: The big thing that investors have trouble accepting [Video] – The Reformed Broker
Beware these investment traps – Carolyn Gowen
Are we nearly there yet? – The Escape Artist
Why pension funds and millennials should avoid ESG investing [Data] – Factor Research
Trouble brewing on the tax front for investors – IT Investor
Is asking for a prenup a good idea or a buzzkill? – Pete the Planner
Your harshest critic lives in your house – Abnormal Returns
Naughty corner: Active antics
Harvard and MIT find conclusive evidence that public companies distort their earnings – Institutional Investor
Marks & Spencer: The destroyer of shareholder value [PDF] – UK Value Investor
Shareholder yield isn’t new: the Dutch East India company was doing buybacks in the 17th Century – OSAM
Dennis Gartman calls it quits as era ends where humans dominated investing advice – Globe and Mail
Elimination alpha: A portfolio strategy that aims to eliminate losers rather than pick winners [Podcast] – Animal Spirits
A most depressing chart for active fund managers – Bloomberg
Ray Dalio is more famous than ever and delivering sub-par returns – Yahoo
Ten things fund managers say, and what they really mean – Behavioural Investing
General election 2019: Andrew Neil issues interview challenge to Johnson [Video] – BBC
Jonathan Pie: A decade of the Tories [Sweary video] – YouTube
Why Leave will win the Brexit battle [Search result] – FT
Factcheck: Would Labour really save families more than £6,700 a year? [Monevator gut-check: nope] – Guardian
Marina Hyde: PM’s Operation Avoid Trump goes off almost without a hitch – Guardian
Tim Harford on ‘naive realism’ [aka why so many numpties on all sides now hate the BBC] – via Twitter
Kindle book bargains
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou [The Theranos story] – £0.99 on Kindle
Mastering The Market Cycle: Getting the odds on your side by Howard Marks – £0.99 on Kindle
How To Have A Good Day: The Essential Toolkit for a Productive Day at Work by Caroline Webb – £0.99 on Kindle
Off our beat
Deep fake/end of civilization latest: A Nixon broadcast on the death of moon landing astronauts – wbur
How the information economy has chained us to our virtual desks – The Atlantic
Instagrammers love this iconic beauty spot, but here’s the photo they don’t want you to see – CNBC
52 surprising things learned in 2019 – Tom Whitwell
You do not need goals – Rory Argyll via Medium
The most common last name in every country [Map, click to enlarge] – NetCredit
“Remember one thing, Warren: Money isn’t making that much difference in how you and I live. We’re both going down to the cafeteria for lunch and working every day and having a good time. So don’t worry too much about money, because it won’t make much difference in how you live.”
– Ben Graham to a young Warren Buffett (whose mind was presumably elsewhere), The Snowball
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