What caught my eye this week.
I am recovering from an excellent wedding that ended late last night (not my own!) so straight into the links this morning.
Except to observe that people of all ages do seem very happy to mix again.
And that commentators who asked last summer “Will we ever be comfortable at a party again, post-Covid?” might have been bemused to see half a dozen pensioners crowding together into one of those comedy prop-strewn instant photo booths.
Of course that’s not to say that was necessarily wise behaviour for their age bracket in the midst of the ongoing Delta spread – nor to deny that there are limits to the double-jabbed vaccination protection that made this wedding possible.
More that the human spirit has strong reversion-to-the-mean tendencies.
Investing accordingly, I think.
Have a great weekend!
Should you borrow to fill your ISA each year? – Monevator
SIPP money saving hack – Monevator
From the archive-ator: Why your house is an investment, and an asset, too – Monevator
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Downing Street hints triple lock will be watered down – Guardian
Inflation falls to 2% in UK amid retail discounting – BBC
HMRC digs deep into your data [Search result] – FT
Food industry chaos due to Brexit not Covid, say trade groups – Sky News
Lloyds moves into the landlord business with a 50,000 home plan – Guardian
UK house prices increased by 13.2% in the year to June 2021, up from 9.8% in May 2021 – ONS
Products and services
How will the post-Brexit return of roaming charges hit consumers? – Guardian
The pros and cons of a 35-year mortgage – Which
Sign-up to Freetrade via my link and we can both get a free share worth between £3 and £200 – Freetrade
John Lewis launches investing accounts with Nutmeg – ThisIsMoney
How to buy a secondhand phone, and what to look out for – Guardian
Nationwide is offering a £125 bank account switching bonus – Which
Homes for sale with a loft conversion, in pictures – Guardian
Comment and opinion
“Why I won’t wait to retire” – Humble Dollar
The best advantage of life: being born rich – Of Dollars and Data
The age of the ETF is looming [Search result] – FT
All or nothing markets – A Wealth of Common Sense
The optimal amount of hassle – Morgan Housel
The hidden risk of equal weighting index funds [PDF] – Northern Trust
Bubble wealth [Academic paper/PDF, a few weeks old] – SSRN
Naughty corner: Active antics
What’s harder? Asset allocation or stockpicking? – Behavioural Investment
There’s no such thing as buy and hold – Ensemble Capital
Quants are rethinking stock trades in the manic Reddit era – Yahoo Finance
How to craft a 30-stock, sector-neutral portfolio – Fortune Financial
Zooming out on Palantir’s vaunted vault of gold – Abnormal Returns
Hybrid workplace mindset mini-special
Why are so many knowledge workers quitting? – The New Yorker
It’s time to re-onboard everyone – Harvard Business Review
Mental health is the next big workplace issue – Axios
Disinfection robots and thermal cameras: the post-Covid office – Guardian
Is catching Covid now better than more vaccine? – BBC
Kindle book bargains
Surrounded by Psychopaths: or, How to Stop Being Exploited by Others by Thomas Erikson – £0.99 on Kindle
The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living by Mark Boyle – £0.99 on Kindle
Hired: Six Months in Low-Wage Britain by James Bloodworth – £0.99 on Kindle
Happy Money by Ken Honda – £0.99 on Kindle
Twilight of the nautilus – Nautilus
The case for green versus blue hydrogen in energy production – DIY Investor
Behind the fight to save the Gulf of Mexico’s reefs – Texas Monthly
Off our beat
Inside Facebook’s Metaverse for work – The Verge
How to remember what you read – Farnam Street
Everybody is having hilarious fun and you’re not [On NFTs] – Justin Paterno
Time dilation – Seth Godin
It’s time to bring back cargo pants – Wired
“The impression was gaining ground with me that it was a good thing to let the money be my slave and not make myself a slave to money.”
– J.D. Rockefeller via Ron Chernow, Titan: The Life of J.D. Rockefeller
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