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Weekend reading: Monevator nominated for Plutus award, and now on Flipboard!

Weekend reading

Investing articles from around the Web.

I hope you’ll indulge me a small moment of gratuitous backslapping, as two nice things have occurred that I’d like to share with you.

Firstly, Monevator has been nominated for a Plutus Award!

We’re in the Best International Personal Finance category, and the competition is steep. Please consider voting for Monevator if you’re a regular around here, or for one of the others if you like them more.

I didn’t nominate Monevator for the award, which means one of you guys did. If it was you, thanks very much.

The second piece of news is that you can now read this blog on Flipboard.

Flipboard is a seriously beautiful application for the iPad that turns your Twitter streams, Facebook timelines, or your favourite this investing blog’s RSS feeds into lovely magazine-style pages.

Once you’ve tried Flipboard, it’s hard to go back.

I was excited to be told by one of Flipboard’s curators that Monevator had been chosen to be highlighted in its business section. I was even more pleased when she offered to produce the graphic required for the listing.

But I was truly chuffed when I saw Monevator slap bang at the top of the page, next to the Harvard Business Review:

Monevator featured in the top right of the Flipboard business section

I don’t expect Monevator to be featured at the top of this page forever. As with the Plutus Award nomination though, it’s nice to be noticed.

Anyway, thanks for indulging me, and do check out Flipboard if you have an iPad. (That vote would be an even bigger indulgence, if you’re feeling generous!)

P.S. If anyone still believes external regulators can oversee the riskiness of banking activities when UBS can miss $2 billion lost by one trader on its own books then they must be, well, a banker.

From the money and investing blogs

Book of the week: The last book read by alleged UBS rogue trader Kweku Adoboli now tops Amazon’s business charts! It’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

Mainstream media money

  • Unemployment in the West – The Economist
  • What’s the true cost of breaking up the euro? – The Economist
  • Gold not a bubble? What are you, crazy? – The Motley Fool
  • How UBS rogue trader ran up a $2 billion loss – Peston / BBC
  • Of course it’s right to ring fence universal banks – Martin Wolf / FT
  • Revolt over risks of elite class of bankers – FT
  • Wealthy to face pension cuts of up to 50% – FT
  • UBS scandal highlights risks of [synthetic] ETFs – FT (and Telegraph)
  • Investors seek higher dividend pay-outs – FT
  • How fund managers hide poor performers with mergers – FT
  • Pension investors can’t afford another lost decade – FT
  • Buy-to-let Britain booms among first-time buyer famine – Telegraph
  • Investment trusts beat unit trusts in every sector – Telegraph
  • To buy or not to buy a house? – The Independent
  • The definitive guide to the best phone/Net/TV deals – The Guardian
  • Journalist hassled for writing down prices in Tesco – The Guardian

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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • 1 Alex September 17, 2011, 12:51 pm

    Hi TI,

    Cosmetics can be expensive, but surely not this expensive: “How UBS rouge [sic] trader ran up a $2 billion loss” 🙂


  • 2 Moneyman September 17, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Congraulations on the nominations and Flipboard placement! And thanks for including one of my modest offerings in your weekend round-up – which continues to be ‘required reading’.

  • 3 The Investor September 17, 2011, 1:55 pm

    @Alex — Hah! Fixed now, thanks.

    @Moneyman — Cheers very much.

  • 4 DIY Investor September 17, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Congrats! Your site is awesome. I’d rather read you than the Harvard Business Review!

  • 5 The Money Grower September 17, 2011, 2:53 pm

    Hello Mr Monevator and thanks for the inclusion of my rather tongue in cheek piece.

    Am currently working my way through your reading list. Started with The Stranger’s piece on borders books – fascinating piece as it gives such a human, shop floor view. The management and the workers seemed to pull in directly opposite directions. Had the internet not come along, it would have been interesting to see what became of Borders.

    Also enjoyed DIY investors surprising revelation that on 25% of shares outperformed and FT Alphavilles ‘correllations’ so far.


    PS Congrats on the flipboard project. B-). And best of luck with the plutus awards. My votes went in about a week ago.

  • 6 The Investor September 17, 2011, 4:31 pm

    @TMG — Yes, I’ve read similar on outperformance of a small band of shares but that really struck me over such a long timescale. It’s another reason why the old ’12 stocks is enough diversification’ if you’re a stock picker is a bit dubious — more means you’re more likely to get one of the stellar out performers — and why it’s vital to run your winners. AND of course why most people should track markets passively with most/all of their money of course.

    @DIY Investor — Very kind of you to say so. Then again, the HBR is a bit of a trudge. 😉

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