Good reads from around the Web.
One thing led to another this week, and so Weekend Reading had a rare hiatus from its usual Saturday slot.
(But let’s face it – even the most curmudgeonly of us were surely enjoying the fact they weren’t being snowed on in London, in Spring, as happened very briefly to me last week).
Here’s a Sunday heatwave edition of our weekend links.
Enjoy the rest of the good weather. You know that come October we’ll realise this five-day run of sun was actually our summer…
From the blogs
Making good use of the things that we find…
- Advisers shouldn’t seek alpha – The Evidence Based Investor 
- Who wins the quantitative battle? [Geeky, transcript] – Jack Bogle 
- Financial gaslighting (and the reality of hedge funds) – Above The Market 
- Why does indexing shrink alpha? – Pragmatic Capitalism 
- Lessons learned from value trap Tesco – UK Value Investor 
- Longest downtrend in crude oil history is over – Pension Partners 
- The Graham and Doddsville letter: Spring Edition – Valuewalk 
- Flat pancakes & dividends – Investing Caffeine 
- On washing powder: The alignment of interests – The Escape Artist 
- How much do you earn, really? – Under the Money Tree 
- Golden years – SexHealthMoneyDeath 
- Exploring peer-to-peer real estate – Mr Money Mustache 
Product of the week: Got a teenager? The Telegraph runs through  the five cheapest cars for teens to insure, and then reveals what they actually buy. Kids, eh?
Mainstream media money
Some links are Google search results – in PC/desktop view these enable you to click through to read the piece without being a paid subscriber of that site.1 
- Ritholz: Nobody knows anything – Bloomberg 
- Fund fees predict future success or failure – Morningstar 
- Lee: Mutual friend put me on trail of new investment [Search result] – FT 
- Hedge funds haven’t delivered on their promise – Economist 
- How stock picks from the Ira Sohn conference are fairing – Bloomberg 
- Active investors are nervous right now, which is good – Market Watch 
- Housel: The conflicts in active investing – The Motley Fool (US) 
A word from a broker
- Free ETF buying until the end of May – TD Direct 
- Britain is not prepared for a Brexit recession – Hargreaves Lansdown 
Other stuff worth reading
- How could the new first-time buyer boom go wrong? – Telegraph 
- Making money in the gig economy – ThisIsMoney 
- What if you chose experiences over security? – New York Times 
- Investing in vintage watches – ThisIsMoney 
- Retiring after 65 may help people live longer – Wall Street Journal 
- The surprising fall in the cost of the UK’s food – The Guardian 
- Is the Tesla 3 the electric car that will change everything? – The Guardian 
- Solar power is (literally) contagious – Vox 
Book of the week: I noticed How to Own the World  on Amazon and wondered if someone had already written the book I’ve been thinking about writing for a while. It turns out not (and The Accumulator is still working on his Monevator book, by the way) but How to Own the World  looks intriguing, with superb reviews. Anyone read it?
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