Good reads from around the Web.
After typing my little fingers off last night with my thoughts  on the response to the death of Margaret Thatcher, we’ll go straight to this week’s links today.
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From the blogs
Making good use of the things that we find…
- Can high dividend shares substitute for bonds? – Oblivious Investor 
- Busting the ‘Sell in May and go away’ myth – Rick Ferri 
- Don’t buy a market-weighted passive fund! – DIY Income Investor 
- An evaluation of index weighting approaches: Part 1  & Part 2  [Academic PDFs] – Cass Business School
- Howard Marks: The wisdom of a super-investor – Beyond Proxy 
- Why I sold my Reckitt Benckiser shares – UK Value Investor 
- Using Beta to gauge market froth – The Munro Fund 
- Dissecting JP Morgan’s annual report – Brooklyn Investor 
- Beware: Miners are a value trap – Macro Business 
- A peak life is lived off-peak – Mr Money Mustache 
- I don’t think you invest the way you think you invest – interloper 
- Choosing simplicity by default – Abnormal Returns 
- How has early retirement worked out? – Simple Living in Suffolk 
Product of the week: The Post Office is set to launch a current account, reports The Guardian . There are no firm details yet.
Mainstream media money
Note: Some links are to Google search results – these enable you to click through to read the piece without you being a paid subscriber of the site.
- Legal & General cuts passive fund fees – City AM 
- Potential cures for the passive dilemma [Search result] – FT 
- Blackrock’s iShares ETFs top $600 billion – Index Universe 
- Buybacks and dividends are running high – Business Insider 
- The obsession with growth investing – CBS 
- Has the value of stamp collections really collapsed? – The Guardian 
- China in transition [Research report] – KKR 
Other stuff worth reading
- Time to invest in buy-to-let in Britain? [Search result] – FT 
- What legal protection schemes cover investments? – The Telegraph 
- Japan’s debt problem visualised [Video] – YouTube 
- Are robots taking away jobs or not? – FT Alphaville 
- Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme – Slate 
- The history of US property booms and busts – The Economist 
- Roger Ebert’s lessons for media companies – New York Times 
Book of the week: I rated Alistair Darling, the former Labour chancellor, even before I read Back from the Brink: 1000 Days at Number 11  this week. He seems balanced and honest, admits his faults, and gives a no-hysterics insight into how close we came to financial meltdown.
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