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Weekend reading: Would you lend yourself money in an emergency?

What caught my eye this week.

After compiling this list of the best money and investing reads for over a decade now, it’s rare I come across anything super new.

But I loved this fresh idea from Pete The Planner [1] on how to borrow money from your own emergency fund.

Hold up – borrow your own money?

That’s right. Sort of.

Pete explains it’s down to one of those endearing tics of being human. Many people would rather borrow from a lender – and pay interest – because they prefer to see a repayment schedule in place, rather than raid their own emergency fund that they’d diligently saved [2] for a rainy day.

Even when it starts to rain!

One reason is they don’t trust themselves. But research provides a possible solution, says Pete [1]:

In a lab experiment, researchers found that when subjects were given the option of taking money from savings and entering into a “pay-back” agreement, they were more willing to use their savings rather than borrow money.

So simple. See Pete’s blog for a quick example with numbers.

As somebody who got a mortgage [3] because I couldn’t bear to spend the money I’d socked away in ISAs for this very purpose (okay, and to lose the tax wrapping) I can relate.

Anyone else found any leaks in their mental accounting buckets [4]?

Let us know in the comments below.

From Monevator

The stock market is wilder than you think – Monevator [5]

Get out of debt to unleash your inner money maker – Monevator [6]

From the archive-ator: Why factor return premiums can be disappointing – Monevator [7]


Note: Some links are Google search results – in PC/desktop view you can click to read the piece without being a paid subscriber. Try privacy/incognito mode to avoid cookies. Consider subscribing if you read them a lot!1 [8]

Brexit: ‘Very little progress’ in negotiations with the EU, UK says – Sky News [9]

Coronavirus furlough scheme extended to end of October 2020 – Which? [10]

UK scheme for self-employed signs up 440,000 workers on first day – Guardian [11]

London congestion charge comes back Monday, with a price rise from 22 June – BBC [12]

Opening of English housing market catches estate agents on the hop – Guardian [13]

Housebuilding to fall by a third as construction sites reopen with strict distancing rules – ThisIsMoney [14]

Seven out of ten dentists could go bust by the end of summer without state aid – ThisIsMoney [15]


Strategists query sudden ‘sprint’ in US stocks. Bear rallies over the past 150 years have been gradual and often rocky, says SocGen [Search result]FT [17]

Products and services

Bounce back loans: How to apply for this helping hand from government – Much More With Less [18]

Help to Buy ISAs vs Lifetime ISAs: which will get you on the property ladder first? – Which? [19]

Mortgage rates drop to their lowest ever average level – ThisIsMoney [20]

Sign-up to Freetrade via my link [21] and we can both get a free share worth between £3 and £200 – Freetrade [21]

Market-leading easy access savings rate slashed from 1.2% to 1.05% – ThisIsMoney [22]

Homes with income potential [Gallery]Guardian [23]

Comment and opinion

Nothing fails quite like success in the stock market – A Wealth of Common Sense [24]

Is it indefensible not to take out a pension? – Indeedably [25]

Why liquid net worth is so important for your finances – Of Dollars and Data [26]

The people who beat the stock market – Banker on FIRE [27]

The Long Road to Financial Independence: Kat’s Journey – A Chat With Kat [28]

The stock market is [not] ignoring the real economy – The Reformed Broker [29]

Larry Swedroe: Is it really stocks for the long run? – The Evidence-based Investor [30]

We need to talk about ergodicity – Behavioural Investment [31]

Naughty corner: Active antics

Ichigo Ichie – All Star Charts [32]

Can stocks and bonds both be right about this crisis and the global economy? – CNBC [33]

Tips for stock pickers in a coronavirus world – UK Value Investor [34]

A deep dive into the Herald Investment Trust – IT Investor [35]

The stock picker who delivered a 2,550% return: Marlborough’s veteran UK small cap fund manager Giles Hargreave to step down after 22 years… – ThisIsMoney [36]

…while Invesco dumps Woodford protege Mark Barnett after he fell 30% behind the market – ThisIsMoney [37]

It could be a good time to buy Buffett’s lackluster Berkshire Hathaway – Tiho Brkan via Twitter [38]

The illusion of alpha in active bond management – The Evidence-based Investor [39]

Wall Street heavyweights sound the alarm about stock prices – Bloomberg [40]

Why the most futuristic investor in tech wants to back society’s outcasts – The Hustle [41]

Is (systematic) value investing dead? – AQR [42]

Covid-19 corner


[Click to enlarge the good/bad news]

Where Covid-19 is rising and falling around the world… – Visual Capitalist [44]

…and up-to-date graphs of case rate rises and falls in different countries – End Coronavirus [45]

The risks – know them – avoid them [Excellent]Professor Erin Bromage [46]

A summary of all the major vaccine and treatment contenders – CNBC [47]

Covid-19 ‘R’ rate for various areas of England, compiled in real-time – PHE/Cambridge University [48]

Public Health England approves Roche’s antibody test as accurate – Guardian [49] & BBC [50]

Without a vaccine, herd immunity won’t save us [Includes a cool interactive tool]FiveThirtyEight [51]

App shows promise in tracking new coronavirus cases, study finds – New York Times [52]

‘Weird as hell’: the Covid-19 patients who have symptoms for months – Guardian [53]

The co-morbidity question – The Actuary [54]

Dutch official advice to single people: find a sex buddy for lockdown – Guardian [55]

Kindle book bargains

The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity by Carlo Cipolla – £0.99 on Kindle [56]

Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction by Thomas Siebel – £0.99 on Kindle [57]

Money: A User’s Guide by Laura Whateley – £0.99 on Kindle [58]

The Hating Game [‘The very best book to self-isolate with’] by Sally Thorne – £0.99 on Kindle [59]

Off our beat

“I got fired over Zoom”The Atlantic [60]

The virtual reality winter [On the technology]Benedict Evans [61]

How the coronavirus turned a pilot shortage into a surplus overnight – Abnormal Returns [62]

And finally…

“The hungrier one becomes, the clearer one’s mind works— also the more sensitive one becomes to the odors of food.”
– George S. Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon [63]

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