Weekend reading: Here’s one we made earlier post image

What caught my eye this week.

Rummaging around to select an old post from the Monevator ‘archive-ator’ each week can be bittersweet.

On the one hand, it seems I used to be smarter, wittier, and more productive.

But a compensation for these memento mori moments is coming across those little nuggets that have aged rather better than me.

Take these comments on tech stocks from December 2010, in a post about what I called the investor sentiment cycle:

For a contrasting unloved sector, consider technology companies.

It’s hard to remember a time when half the office owned shares in nonsense companies like Baltimore, Webvan, and NTX. Yet it was only a brief decade ago that the Dotcom stocks were doubling in a month on a good press release and a name change.

Today roughly nobody except institutional investors bothers with individual technology shares.

Yet the Nasdaq tech market in the US has been quietly beating the Dow and the S&P 500 for months.

Maybe the seeds are being planted for a new boom in technology share investing:

  • The first shoots will be obscure magazine articles on the Nasdaq’s recovery.
  • Then you’ll discover a friend or a bulletin board poster who has tripled his money betting on cloud computing micro-caps.
  • Perhaps Facebook or Twitter will float for what will seem a crazy valuation, but will look positively modest a few years later.

…and so on.

It was very hard for most people to care much about tech stocks in 2010. That was why I used them as my illustration.

Yet by the end of 2019, the tech sector had proven the best place to have been invested for a decade.

And 2020 has only kept that up with knobs on!

I don’t bring this up (entirely) to blow my own trumpet. Digging through the archives also reveals plenty of howlers. (London residential property is massively over-priced in 2007, anyone? Oops.)

Rather, it’s fun to see that Monevator is now so old we’ve actually been around to see some of these cycles play out.

Tech’s unexpected recovery since 2009 proves the point I was making. Investing and the economy are cyclical, and investor sentiment can be downright faddish.

Never expect the status quo in the markets to hold forever.

It won’t.

Working from home poll

Exciting additional news: the results are in from last week’s poll. Over 2,000 of you voted to say you would prefer to work from home:

So two-thirds of Monevator readers would like to work from home most or all of the time. Interesting!

I guess the remaining 4% are brain surgeons worried about the carpets.

Have a great weekend.

From Monevator

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Self-employed grant to double with Income Support Scheme revamp – BBC

Sunak’s latest bailout package pushes annual budget deficit towards £400bn – ThisIsMoney

Bank of England is not poised for negative interest rates, says chief economist – ThisIsMoney

Rents down as much as 34% in some London postcodes – Evening Standard

Coronavirus crisis has intensified UK wealth divide, data reveals – Guardian

The rise and fall – and future rise – of digital Nomad workers – Bloomberg via MSN

Products and services

PayPal to allow Bitcoin and other crypto spending – BBC

New ‘Thank You Saver’ bank account for NHS workers pays 1.65% – Principality

Monzo launches £180-a-year premium account – Guardian

Sign-up to Freetrade via my link and we can both get a free share worth between £3 and £200 – Freetrade

Flava: the first ‘buy now, pay later’ supermarket – Which

Do you have to register an appliance to claim on its guarantee? – ThisIsMoney

Bitcoin’s role as an alternative investment [PDF]Fidelity

Nationwide to issue credit cards made from recycled plastic – ThisIsMoney

Homes for sale on British islands – Guardian

Comment and opinion

How Covid-19 may be unconsciously affecting your financial decisions [Search result]WSJ

A world awash with debt: What can governments do? – Prospect

Live like you’re already retired – Incognito Money Scribe (h/t Abnormal Returns)

The confusing investment path to saving the planet [Search result]FT

Why own bonds when rates are so low? – Of Dollars and Data

Simon Lambert: Make the stamp duty cut permanent – ThisIsMoney

An interview with Bill Bengen, creator of the 4% SWR rule [Podcast / transcript]Kitces

Target achieved: £1 million net worth – Gentleman’s Family Finances

Recycle – Indeedably

An investing strategy update – IT Investor

Remembering massive market crashes – MarketWatch

Naughty corner: Active antics

How much should you allocate to angel investing? – Fire V London

Sweet talking CEOS are starting to outsmart the robot analysts – Bloomberg via MSN

Memories of the crash of ’87 – Albert Bridge Capital

Riskier alternatives to bonds as a portfolio hedge – Bloomberg via MSN

Follow the Fed [US but relevant]Humble Dollar

Why you’ll need to be lucky to find the next Amazon – Klement on Investing

Covid, Brexit, politics

Why is the novel coronavirus so deadly? – BBC

PM admits failings as England’s Covid contact-tracing system hits new low – Guardian

Plans for ‘tier 4’ restrictions if current rules don’t tackle the second wave – iNews

Why can’t we talk about the Great Barrington Declaration? – Spectator

Chip shops and cafes back Marcus Rashford’s free school meals campaign – BBC

Irreversible: Covid’s impact on work habits – Banker on FIRE

Why New Zealand rejected the populist ideas other nations have embraced – Guardian

Marina Hyde: Worried about no-deal Brexit? If Gove says it’ll be better that’s good enough for me – Guardian

Kindle book bargains

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – £1.99 on Kindle

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen – £0.99 on Kindle

Reinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life by Brian Tracy – £0.99 on Kindle

Just Fuck*ng Do It: Stop Playing Small. Transform Your Life by Noor Hibbert – £0.99 on Kindle

Off our beat

Make the connection – Humble Dollar

The vicious cycle of never-ending laundry – Vox

Lots of overnight tragedies, no overnight miracles – Morgan Housel

The top female company founder in every country [Graphic]Visual Capitalist

Happier and more positive founders get VC funding, then under-perform – Yale

And finally…

“The fact that a thesis is flawed does not mean that we should not invest in it as long as other people believe in it and there is a large group of people left to be convinced.”
– George Soros, The Alchemy of Finance

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