Weekend reading

Good reads from around the Web.

Morgan Housel at the US Motley Fool did a smashing job this week in whittling 5,000 years of financial advice down 61 pithy one liners.

Here are some of my favourites:

1. Dollar-cost average for your entire life and you’ll beat almost everyone who doesn’t.

3. Every five to seven years, people forget that recessions occur every five to seven years.

15. The more you learn about the economy, the more you realize you have no idea what’s going on.

16. Start saving for college before your kid is born, and start saving for your retirement before you graduate college. You’ll feel silly when you start and like a genius when you finish.

24. Respect the role luck has played on some of your role models.

28. Read last year’s market predictions and you’ll never again take this year’s predictions seriously.

34. You can probably afford not to be a great investor — you probably can’t afford to be a bad one.

40. Admit when you are wrong.

47. During the last 100 years, there have been more 10% market pullbacks than Christmases. Everyone knows Christmas will come; think of volatility the same way.

48. Don’t attempt to keep up with the Joneses without realizing the Joneses aren’t any happier than you are.

56. Most people’s biggest expense is interest, which comes from living beyond your means, and buying things they think will impress others, which comes from insecurity. Avoid these two and you’ll grow richer than most of your peers.

57. Reaching for yield to increase your income is often like sticking your hands in a fire to warm them up — good in theory, disastrous in practice.

Morgan wrote his one liners with a US perspective.

Any British ones we can add?

Please share them in the comments below!

From the blogs

Making good use of the things that we find…

Passive investing

  • 3-to-1 odds favour index investors – Rick Ferri

Active investing

Other articles

Product of the week: With eight days until the ISA deadline, The Telegraph rounds up the best cash ISAs. It’s a sign of the times that the best rate is just 2.25% from a three-year fix.

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

Passive investing

  • 3 reasons ETFs are so inexpensive – ETF.com
  • What British investors could learn from America – Telegraph

Active investing

Other stuff worth reading

  • Regulator may now free 30 million in zombie pensions – Telegraph
  • React to reality, not the image of it – Richards/NYT
  • Robert Shiller’s Nobel knowledge – Wall Street Journal
  • Why economic stability is destabilizing – BBC

Book of the week: If you’re in the mood for a bit of doom and gloom, you could do a lot worse than Tim Morgan’s Life After Growth. Our wealth is based on exploiting finite energy resources, reckons Tim, and that era is ending. I would argue with much of the prognosis, but worth reading.

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  1. 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”.”

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