Weekend reading

Good reads from around the Web.

After typing my little fingers off last night with my thoughts on the response to the death of Margaret Thatcher, we’ll go straight to this week’s links today.

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From the blogs

Making good use of the things that we find…

Passive investing

  • Can high dividend shares substitute for bonds? – Oblivious Investor
  • Busting the ‘Sell in May and go away’ myth – Rick Ferri
  • Don’t buy a market-weighted passive fund! – DIY Income Investor
  • An evaluation of index weighting approaches: Part 1 & Part 2 [Academic PDFs] – Cass Business School

Active investing

Other articles

Product of the week: The Post Office is set to launch a current account, reports The Guardian. There are no firm details yet.

Mainstream media money

Note: Some links are to Google search results – these enable you to click through to read the piece without you being a paid subscriber of the site.

Passive investing

  • Legal & General cuts passive fund fees – City AM
  • Potential cures for the passive dilemma [Search result]FT
  • Blackrock’s iShares ETFs top $600 billion – Index Universe

Active investing

  • Buybacks and dividends are running high – Business Insider
  • The obsession with growth investing – CBS
  • Has the value of stamp collections really collapsed? – The Guardian
  • China in transition [Research report]KKR

Other stuff worth reading

  • Time to invest in buy-to-let in Britain? [Search result]FT
  • What legal protection schemes cover investments?  – The Telegraph
  • Japan’s debt problem visualised [Video]YouTube
  • Are robots taking away jobs or not? – FT Alphaville
  • Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme – Slate
  • The history of US property booms and busts – The Economist
  • Roger Ebert’s lessons for media companies – New York Times

Book of the week: I rated Alistair Darling, the former Labour chancellor, even before I read Back from the Brink: 1000 Days at Number 11this week. He seems balanced and honest, admits his faults, and gives a no-hysterics insight into how close we came to financial meltdown.

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