What caught my eye this week.
I noticed as I compiled today’s links that I’ve a new favourite investing blog. Who Enso Finance is I’ve not idea (and s/he is in great company there!) but I’m looking forward to their musings each week.
Take the latest post on the limits of diversification:
Most things die. All things change.
The ultimate failure mode for diversification is to consider it in too narrow a context, and mistake our attachment to particular mythologies, cosmologies, and models for the immutability of those things.
There are many triggering ways of illustrating this, but I’ll leave it at this: society can remain communist longer than you can remain alive.
I have been linking to Enso Finance for a while. No reader has yet picked up and commented on anything below, though.
Perhaps it’s a blog that you need to have been around the block a few times to gel with? It feels to me full of deep wisdom. Like talking shop with the oldest genial person in the office.
If you’re a veteran investor I say give it a try.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Irish ETFs: post-Brexit CDI switch – Monevator
Do you have an investing edge? – Monevator
From the archive-ator: Tax relief upfront is the same as tax relief later – Monevator
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Private sector growth at eight-year high as retail sales jump – Guardian
UK public sector spending deficit hits £303bn post-war record – Pound Sterling Live
House prices hit all-time high; beach huts lead the market in price inflation… – Country Life
…as total property sales hit 16-year high – Guardian
Government to pay £120m to London Capital & Finance investors – Which
FCA warns social media sites it will act on risky investment offers – Guardian
Credit Suisse raises capital after the Archegos blow-up – Reuters
Value has a long way to go before it catches back up with growth – The Irrelevant Investor
Products and services
Vanguard launches price war in UK pension market [Search result] – FT
‘BankHub’ trials an alternative to High Street branches – ThisIsMoney
A three-year face-off between Nutmeg, Wealthify, and Vanguard – Much More With Less
Nationwide increases borrowing limit to 5.5x salary, with a five-year lock-in – ThisIsMoney
Sign-up to Freetrade via my link and we can both get a free share worth between £3 and £200 – Freetrade
The pros and cons of using a buy-to-let managing agent – ThisIsMoney
Gates, cameras, and home security systems are more costly than you might think [Search result] – FT
Barclaycard reportedly facing customer backlash after slashing credit limits – ThisIsMoney
Homes for sale near water, in pictures – Guardian
Comment and opinion
Investors are the moths, markets are the flames – A Teachable Moment
Does withdrawal frequency timing alter success in drawdown? – The Poor Swiss
How much should you have saved by your 30s? – A Wealth of Common Sense
Bonds as investments today [Podcast, fortnight old] – Wealth Managed
Is the exhausting cult of productivity finally over? – Guardian
Adaptation – Indeedably
Wooden spoons – Humble Dollar
Central bank money printing is largely irrelevant to money supply and inflation – Factor Research
Investing is a joke mini-special
The most annoying bull market of all-time – A Wealth of Common Sense
Yeah, I bought some Dogecoin today – Slate
The era of the joke as an investment idea – Of Dollars and Data
Naughty corner: Active antics
With specialty funds, bigger has been better – Morningstar
Understanding edge – Party at the Moontower
Increasing disclosure requirements could hurt investors – Albert Bridge Capital
Wall Street has mostly given up on shorting pricey stocks – Yahoo Finance
Why should equities be fairly valued? – Behavioural Investment
Endowment performance has sharply deteriorated since 2008 – TEBI
India’s Covid surge affects the entire world – Slate
Kindle book bargains
Bezonomics: How Amazon Is Changing Our Lives by Brian Dumaine – £0.99 on Kindle
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss – £0.99 on Kindle
Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking by Matthew Syed – £0.99 on Kindle
Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Turbulent, Triumphant Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier – £0.99 on Kindle
Off our beat
How people get [really] rich now – Paul Graham
The self-educating child – Mr Money Mustache
How many T. Rexes were there? Billions – Berkeley News
Parents are sacrificing their social lives on the altar of intensive parenting – The Atlantic
How one man accidentally became a global fashion brand – Guardian
The creator crisis forced artists to be founders [Podcast] – Josh Constine
“Why do bubbles end? One obvious reason is that they run out of fuel.”
– William Quinn, Boom and Bust: A Global History of Financial Bubbles
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