Good reads from around the Web.
There’s nothing like a heatwave to focus the mind on getting away from a hot laptop and into a cooling breeze…
Straight into the links today!
Have a great weekend.
From the blogs
Making good use of the things that we find…
- To tilt or not to tilt your portfolio – Rick Ferri
- How stock lending reduces tracker fees – Bogleheads Blog [Via Mike]
- Use Vanguard’s LifeStrategy funds to dodge emotions – Jean Chatzky
- 10 fast-growing UK dividend growth stocks – UK Value Investor
- The thrill of the chase – Investing Caffeine
- Beware the risks of high-yield bonds – The Value Perspective
- Mental models from a co-founder of Pixar – Brooklyn Investor
- Why one million lemmings might be wrong – The Escape Artist
- Is Mr Money Mustache ruining your marriage? – Mr Money Mustache
- Saving more is more effective than earning more – Dividend Mantra
- We live like kings – Simple Living in Suffolk
Reflective UK blogger special
- Advice to my former self – Under the Money Tree
- Thoughts on 30 years spent building a pension – DIY Investor (UK)
- Checking in on my financial freedom plan – Retirement Investing Today
- H1 2014 [active idiosyncratic] portfolio review – Wexboy
Product of the week: I’ve been a bit slow to mention that Zopa is offering a rate promise, whereby savers who lock their money away for five years will get an average return of 5.2% while those who take the three year option will get an average of 4%. Remember your money is now theoretically protected due to its Safeguard fund, too – although personally I still only allocate a portion of my funds towards peer-to-peer, just in case. More details on the Zopa website.
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
- Debunking Jeremy Grantham’s concerns – Swedroe/ETF.com
- I prefer to keep things simple – Housel/Motley Fool
- Active funds that have gone to the dogs – Guardian
- Redwood: Investing against the grain in Europe – FT [Search result]
- Making sense of the mining malaise – Interactive Investor
Other stuff worth reading
- Is being rich worth it? – BBC
- The dos and don’ts of pitching for business investment – BBC
- Property rents increasing at twice the speed of earnings… – Guardian
- …probably explains first-time buyer numbers near-2007 high – Bloomberg
Book of the week: Passive investing author Mike Piper makes his living writing investing books, but the Wall Street Journal still teased out his favourites by his rivals. Mike recommends If You Can and The Four Pillars of Investing by William Bernstein, Burton G. Malkiel’s A Random Walk Down Wall Street, and Nassim Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness. The latter two provide an excellent primer in being wary of claims of the ease of beating markets through skill, such as arose on Monevator this week.
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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”.” [↩]