Monevator is a finalist in the Plutus awards

A bit of gloating, then some good reads from around the web.

Very nice news reached the velvet-lined inner city bunker that is Monevator HQ this week – we have been nominated for a second time as the ‘Best International Personal Finance blog’ in the Plutus Awards!

Now into their third-year, the Plutus Awards are becoming established as the benchmark for personal finance blogging. Given the vast plethora of blogs out there, it’s very pleasing to make the shortlist in the International category.

Now I know what you’re thinking – Monevator has run the odd article on overseas investing, but it’s not really a blog about international personal finance, is it? We’re many things, but a go-to resource for globetrotting playboys and It girls we’re not. (More’s the pity!)

But in the context of the Plutus Awards, international basically means ‘not American’. This is the country that runs a ‘World Series of Baseball’ that’s populated entirely with U.S. teams, remember.

I’m only teasing, of course – I’d do exactly the same thing if I launched blog awards from here in the UK. Plus, I’m not sure how kindly the judges will look on ironic British asides… ;)

Anyway, other contenders in our category include the up-and-coming UK bloggers at Sterling Effort, Yorkshire-based Miss Thrifty, sometime Monevator visitor Frugal Zeitgeist, and a new blogger to me, Kylie Ofiu.

Naturally, I wish all the contenders the best of luck.

Especially us.

From the money and investing blogs

Product of the week: The 25-year fixed rate mortgage is back, courtesy of the Manchester Building Society. For most of the past four decades borrowers would have bitten their arm off for a 5.24% mortgage rate, but today it’s a steep premium over three to five-year fixes. Still, interesting.

Mainstream media money

  • A history of ridiculously big companies – Motley Fool US
  • 122 minutes with Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan [week old]NY Mag
  • Upwardly mobile: Kenya’s technology start-up scene – The Economist
  • Grappling with the concept of middle-class in the U.S. – New York Times
  • Bank of England details winners and losers from Q.E. – FT
  • How to save £1,500 on household bills – Telegraph
  • Ultra-cheap mortgages saver borrowers hundreds per month – Telegraph
  • Store Wars: Domino’s versus Pizza Hut – The Guardian
  • Which is better: Value or yield? [podcast]Motley Fool UK

Book of the week: I was flicking through Business Model Generation (subtitle: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers, no less) at a friend’s house the other day. It was very engaging. Which might not say much for my friend’s dinner party, nor my social etiquette, but it did speak highly of this tool for would-be Visionaries, Game Changers, etc…

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Further reading:

  1. Weekend reading: Monevator nominated for Plutus award, and now on Flipboard!
  2. Weekend reading: Should personal finance be taught in school?
  3. Two new personal finance tools for Monevator readers

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