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Weekend reading: Just the links, ma’am

What caught my eye this week.

I was Zoom-ing all over the place on Friday, and in-between there was the awkward pantomime of a supposedly socially-distanced furniture delivery to contend with.

(Have you ever tried to hold one end of half-assembled five-foot long bookshelf at a distance of six-feet? It’s tricky.)

Short story shorter: let’s get cracking with the links.

Enjoy the weekend – and enjoy your own company and those immediately around you.

From Monday [1] you could have more than furniture delivery men to contend with…

From Monevator

14 weeks and 12 numbers that have changed the investing history books forever – Monevator [2]

From the archive-ator: How to build a risk factor portfolio – Monevator [3]


Note: Some links are Google search results – in PC/desktop view you can click to read the piece without being a paid subscriber. Try privacy/incognito mode to avoid cookies. Consider subscribing if you read them a lot!1 [4]

Sunak looks to rebuild economy with plans for big job creation scheme [Search result]FT [5]

Coronavirus furlough scheme to finish at end of October, says chancellor – BBC [6]

Self-employed income support scheme extended for another three months – Which? [7]

Fewer than 200 cars were built in UK factories during April lockdown; a 99.7% collapse – ThisIsMoney [8]


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The road to recovery: which economies are reopening? – Visual Capitalist [10]

Products and services

Number of 0% and balance transfer deals collapses in the wake of coronavirus – ThisIsMoney [11]

Chargeback: the card protection banks don’t tell you about – Which? [12]

Sign-up to Freetrade via my link and we can both get a free share worth between £3 and £200 – Freetrade [13]

Neil Woodford fund: investors still await final payout [Search result]FT [14]

Nationwide likely to trim interest rates offered to savers – Guardian [15]

Regulatory pressure forces fund managers to take action on funds deemed ‘poor value’ – Money Observer [16]

Arts and Crafts homes for sale [Gallery]Guardian [17]

Comment and opinion

Why is the market doing so well lately? – Oblivious Investor [18]

Best route to wealth: Savings or earnings? [Debate]The Big Picture [19]

The inflation bug – The Economist [20]

More: Inflationary fears in a deflationary world – Topdown Charts [21]

Could anyone have predicted Warren Buffett’s success? – The Evidence-based Investor [22]

The dirty secret of asset management: it’s doing…okay? – Institutional Investor [23]

Dichotomy – Indeedably [24]

Green investment mini-special

Don’t invest in renewable energy – Finumus [25]

On the other hand, do invest in renewable energy – DIY Investor (UK) [26]

Naughty corner: Active antics

Why every stock is a vaccine stock – Marginal Revolution [27]

This is the thing the bears hate most – The Reformed Broker [28]

Monks investment trust: With change comes opportunity – IT Investor [29]

The S&P 500 is back about its 200-day moving average, but hold the champagne… – Sentiment Trader [30]

…not least because of the topsy-turvy S&P 500 earnings picture – Wisdom Tree [31]

Covid-19 corner


UK Covid-19 antibody counts are coming in disappointingly low [PDF]Covid-19 Surveillance Report [33]

Study finds 98% of a sample of previously Covid-19 infected hospital workers had antibodies – Bloomberg Quint [34]

Why did so many die of Covid-19 in UK care homes? – Guardian [35]

Colorado: The blue state that gambled on an early reopening [US but deep and worth a read]Politico [36]

So, what can we do now? – The Atlantic [37]

The peak – The New Statesman [38]

Learning to live in the valley of Covid-19 uncertainty – NY Mag [39]

NHS consultant: We’ve learned a lot about Covid-19, but UK hospitals face huge challenges ahead – Guardian [40]

It’s safe to use physical cash, says ATM boss – ThisIsMoney [41]

Kindle book bargains

Money: A User’s Guide by Laura Whateley – £0.99 on Kindle [42]

Pig Wrestling: The Brilliantly Simple Way to Solve Any Problem by Pete Lindsay – £0.99 on Kindle [43]

The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity by Carlo Cipolla – £0.99 on Kindle [44]

Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction by Thomas Siebel – £0.99 on Kindle [45]

Off our beat

Five ways to build resilience and conquer adversity – Mark Manson [46]

The coronavirus has killed small talk – The New York Times [47]

And finally…

“The single easiest way to find out how you feel about someone. Say goodbye.”
– Phil Knight, Shoe Dog: A memoir by the creator of Nike [48]

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  1. Note some articles can only be accessed through the search results if you’re using PC/desktop view (from mobile/tablet view they bring up the firewall/subscription page). To circumvent, switch your mobile browser to use the desktop view. On Chrome for Android: press the menu button followed by “Request Desktop Site”. [ [52]]