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Weekend reading: Savers appeal to the opposite sex

What caught my eye this week.

Academic research has confirmed what we obsessive savers already suspected – that we’re pretty damn attractive to the opposite sex.

As Jonathan Clements at The Humble Dollar [1] reports:

Savers, both men and women, were viewed as more desirable romantic partners, because they’re perceived to have greater self-control.

In truth, it isn’t clear that good savings habits and greater overall self-control really are connected.

But because good savers are viewed that way, they’re seen as less likely to, say, lose their temper, drink too much, or be unfaithful.

It brings new meaning to the phrase “interest rate”, eh?

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Note: 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.1 [5]

BOE Governor Mark Carney: Brexit could delay interest rate rises – BBC [6]

Half of high net worth investors expect to live to 100 – Guardian [7]

Buy-to-let sector being reshaped by tax changes – ThisIsMoney [8]

One in three UK millennials will never own a home, report finds – Guardian [9]

How a 32-year old turned $200 into a company he sold for $10m in a matter of months – CNBC [10]


Each mooted Brexit deal will leave Britain worse off, study finds – Guardian [12]

Products and services

Wyeland Bank’s new two-year fix tops saving table, pays 2.15% – ThisIsMoney [13]

Ministers under fire as student loan interest rate hits 6.3% – Guardian [14]

Beware “cheap” funeral plans that could leave your family out of pocket – ThisIsMoney [15]

Vinyl records turn the tables for collectors and investors [Search result]FT [16]

Scottish Power to increase energy prices by 5.5% – ThisIsMoney [17]

Understanding the State Pension/NI fiasco – Young FI Guy [18]

How much does a patio heater cost to run? – ThisIsMoney [19]

Entrepreneur launches a website where you can raffle your house instead of selling it – ThisIsMoney [20]

Comment and opinion

Stealing the golden years – A Teachable Moment [21]

In the Land of the Lost – Of Dollars and Data [22]

Five tax traps to avoid in retirement [Search result]FT [23]

The recent success of momentum investing in the UK – Twitter [24]

Merryn S-W: Payback time for QE looms [Search result]FT [25]

Smart Beta ETFs don’t do what many investors believe they do – Factor  [26]Research [26]

Would you pay £1,000 to go a wedding this summer? – The Pool [27]

Forecast your misery to live a happier life – Financial Samurai [28]

Cashflows as a guide to retirement planning – The Financial Bodyguard [29]

Do big US endowment funds generate alpha, or just take more risk? – Abnormal Returns [30]

Help! Ten years might not be enough for financial independence – 3652 Days [31]

Bitcoin is worth… somewhere between $20 and $800,000 – Bloomberg [32]

The yield curve is flattening. Eventually it will matter – The Macro Tourist [33]

The biggest companies can be casualties of their own success – Morgan Housel [34]

Entrepreneurs are ‘cherries’ and employees are ‘lemons’ – Steve Blank [35]

Lars Kroijer on the truth about hedge funds and demystifying investment [Podcast]Marketing and Finance [36]

There’s something you should know about fairness – The Escape Artist [37]

Kindle book bargains

McMafia: Seriously Organized Crime by Misha Glenny – £0.99 on Kindle [38]

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D.– £0.99 on Kindle [39]

ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever by David Fried – £0.99 on Kindle [40]

Side Hustle: Build a Side Business and Make Extra Money – Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau – £0.99 on Kindle [41]

Off our beat

Why US Midwest cities are losing their accents – City Lab [42]

People and the productivity paradox – Maudlin Economics [43]

Stella McCartney: “Only 1% of clothing is recycled. What are we doing?”Guardian [44]

Jerry Muller on the tyranny of metrics [Podcast]EconTalk [45]

Flight/Wings (Xenogears 20th Anniversary Concert) [Video]YouTube [46]

And finally…

“Remember, retirement planning for average life expectancy is quite risky – half the population outlives their expectancy.”
– Wade Pfau, How much can I spend in retirement? [47]

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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]]