Good reads from around the Web.
A late start for me today, after a too-late night at the sort of London wine bar that I fantasized about and at the same time derided when I left the provinces 20+ years ago, and where a friend actually said “Fashion is dead” with a straight face as if it were the 1980s.
The shame. Get thee to a Wetherspoons!
Enjoy the intermittently sunny bank holiday.
From the blogs
Making good use of the things that we find…
- Will the FTSE 100 ever go above 7,000? [Video] – YouTube/TMF 
- Apple’s long and twisted share price journey – Musing on Markets 
- Is AstraZeneca better value than GSK? – UK Value Investor 
- The snag with the UK equity income fund reshuffle – Value Perspective 
- Stick to your knitting as an investor – Clear Eyes Investing 
- You can’t kiss all the pretty girls/boys – Investing Caffeine 
- Investing the mortgage [US data but excellent read] – Retirement Cafe 
- Only you can get out of your debts – Mister Squirrel 
- Beating the stock market with DIY insulation – Mr Money Mustache 
- What can we do about inequality in the UK? – Simple Living in Suffolk 
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 
- The illogic of active trading – New York Times 
- It’s hard to know who’ll outperform – Swedroe/ETF.com 
- “Scale and skill”: Why it’s so hard to beat the market – Wharton 
- If only “passive investing” was passive – Forbes 
- French and Fama abandon ‘value’, embrace profitability – Morningstar 
- Neil Woodford spurns precedent, says his best is to come – Telegraph 
- How CEOs are rigging their high pay – Bloomberg 
- It’s harvest time for private equity – Fortune  [Via Abnormal Returns ]
Other stuff worth reading
- Selftrade is rowing back on its intrusive questions – ThisIsMoney 
- Labour to take on private landlords [Search result] – FT 
- Comparing Dubai, Australia, and the US for ex-pats – Telegraph 
- London penthouse sold for £140m – Guardian 
- Who’s your daddy? It matters in America – Housel/Fool.com 
- Seven ways to cut an hour off your workday – Fast Company 
- A primer on the Thomas Picketty inequality book – Economist  [But is Thomas Picketty’s maths correct? – George Cooper ]
Book of the week: Several of my brainy friends are currently obsessed with Capital in the Twenty-First Century , the vast Marxist-sounding tome from French author Thomas Piketty. It’s being referenced all over the media, too. It certainly plays to the inequality worries of our times.
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- Reader Ken notes that: “FT 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”.” [↩ ]