Weekend reading: The best money and investment reads from around the web post image

What caught my eye this week.

Out of sympathy with those who can take no more of the national pantomime, I decided to run my Brexit-themed introduction as a separate article this week.

(There’s a pretty good conversation developing in the comments, so you might take a look if you only tend to read us via email.)

Fewer than six weeks to Christmas!

From Monevator

House prices, mental accounting, and leaky buckets – Monevator

Navigating the #BrexitShambles – Monevator

From the archive-ator: Rich friends, poor friends

News

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Warning over property peer-to-peer defaults [Search result]FT

Bellwether estate agent Foxtons closes six branches in ‘challenging’ London market… – Guardian

…but prices in the Midlands are rising 6% a year – ThisIsMoney

Tesco and WWF partner to halve environmental impact of UK food shopping – Which?

Banks urged to justify ‘staggering’ level of branch closures [Er, smartphones and the Internet?]Guardian

Beware this TV licensing email scam – ThisIsMoney

Austerity has inflicted ‘great misery’ on UK citizens, says UN – Guardian

Most people give up on non-fiction books halfway through [PDF]Kobo Report (h/t Michael Batnick)

Products and services

Megatrends: How to align your ETF portfolio with global developments – JustETF

Should taking out 50 Wonga loans make getting a mortgage difficult? [Um…]ThisIsMoney

Investment trusts see beauty in small companies [Search result]FT

Ratesetter will pay you £100 [and me a bonus] if you invest £1,000 with it for a year – Ratesetter

New investors increasingly look to robo advisers [Search result]FT

Many popular Black Friday products are cheaper at other times of the year – ThisIsMoney

Homes in former train stations [Gallery]Guardian

Comment and opinion

A brief history of investors being duped by market manipulators – Jamie Catherwood

How I track my investment returns [Very pretty spreadsheet!]Young FI Guy

The secret of marital bliss? Credit Scores. – Humble Dollar

12 investment contradictions – Behavioural Investment

What FIRE gets right – Rad Reads (h/t Abnormal Returns)

A Corbyn government, unlike New Labour, would tax the rich properly – Guardian

We’ve known for 85 years that financial forecasters can’t forecast – Evidence-based Investor

Fund managers are holding a lot of cash right now [I read it as they are more bearish about bonds than shares]The Fat Pitch

Expensive businesses and high debt combined is a cause for concern – The Value Perspective

Why WH Smith could be a buy for dividend growth [PDF]UK Value Investor

Once the world’s most valuable company, does smashed-up General Electric have a future? – Musings on Markets

Brexit

Gordon Brown: To calm the Brexit storm, we must listen to the UK’s views again [Search result]FT

New Brexit dividend line is between pragmatists and players – CapX

Jo Johnson: the inside story of Brexit and where it all went wrong [Search result]FT

The Brexit wreckers are slinking away from the rancid mess they’ve made – Guardian

Kindle book bargains

Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again by James Reed – £1.99 on Kindle

The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Maths Genius and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History by David Enrich – £1.99 on Kindle

Tiny Budget Cooking: Saving Money Never Tasted So Good by Limahl Asmall – £1.09 on Kindle

The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs by Cynthia Montgomery – £0.99 on Kindle

Off our beat

Study warns we’re headed towards a humanity killing 5-degree rise by 2100 – Clean Technica

Everything on Amazon is Amazon – New York Times

The old gods and the new – Of Dollars and Data

Are we really in the middle of a global sex recession? – The Guardian

And finally…

“Be aware that the market does not turn when it sees light at the end of the tunnel. It turns when all looks black, but just a subtle shade less black than the day before.”
– James Montier, The Little Book of Behavioral Investing

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