I reluctantly updated a lot of the technology that runs Monevator this week. And of course things broke.
For instance, pagination and numbering has come unstuck on the longer comment threads. For now we’re either showing up to 200 comments at once on (nearly all posts) or else the most recent remainder (the broker comparison table, and a couple of old Brexit ding-dongs).
If you spot any other bugs please do let us know.
Also, as detailed below I’m going to experiment with keeping these Weekend Reading comments Covid-free.
We’ve had a great discussion hear over the past few months for those who’ve wanted it. But more than a few readers feel it’s now crowding out the investing chit-chat, which is the primary reason anyone comes to Monevator.
Ideally us diehards will continue debating, but only on this older thread please.
Be warned: Given the state of travel with the pandemic and the economy I’ll likely do a dedicated virus post again at some point over the next few weeks. It’s just too important to our finances to leave off this site entirely.
But for now I’m going to have to delete Covid-related comments on this post. Apologies in advance. Please comment (even if about this new comment policy) on the other thread please.
Have a great weekend!
The facts of investing life – Monevator
Watch out for the capital gains tax turnover trap – Monevator
From the archive-ator: There are many ways to be an investor – Monevator
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UK house prices jump, but a slowdown is likely says Nationwide – Guardian
Online pensions dashboard delayed until 2023 [Search result] – FT
Electrified cars just outsold diesel in Europe for the first time – ThisIsMoney
Resetting online commerce – Benedict Evans
Products and services
Payment holidays are ending in the UK, but there are options – Guardian
Buyers snapping up ‘Instagram mortgages’ from Generation Home; can be backed by friends and family – ThisIsMoney
What if banks like HSBC started charging for current accounts? – Which
Sign-up to Freetrade via my link and we can both get a free share worth between £3 and £200 – Freetrade
Starling and Monzo are winning more current account switchers [But total numbers switching are still pitiful] – ThisIsMoney
Bitcoin has surged 87% year-on-year to highest price since 2017 – ThisIsMoney
Edwardian homes for sale – Guardian
Comment and opinion
Larry Swedroe: The importance of diversification in the long run – Advisor Perspectives
Want to get cash for your old gold? Tread carefully – The Evidence-based Investor
The sky is(n’t) falling – Retirement Field Guide
The virtues of a minimalist portfolio – Morningstar
Look under the hood to discover what’s really in your index fund – Humble Dollar
Bye-bye BTL. Enter ‘house hacking’ – Mr Money Mustache
This retirement blogger has a different definition of ‘simplicity’ to me – Rivers Hedge
What sharks can teach us about survivorship bias – Farnham Street
Radical uncertainty: why modern finance keeps failing – CFA Institute
Naughty corner: Active antics
The trouble with value investing, and what to do about it – Musings on Markets
Unlikely Covid-19 winners in the stock market – Institutional Investor
David Einhorn warns the market is perilously overvalued… – ValueWalk
…but there’s a fine line between persistence and insanity in investing – AWOCS
What is the attraction of star fund managers, anyway? – Behavioural Investment
Martin Currie Global Portfolio: A little-known gem? – IT Investor
Covid and politics
Following reader feedback, we’re asking for all Covid thoughts to please go on this older thread, so today’s comments are free for investing and money discussion. Any comments on Covid here will probably be deleted. Thanks!
Never say never with Covid-19, but we’re still waiting for that predicted second death surge in Sweden – FT
How the coronavirus spreads through the air [Great visualizations] – El Pais
A Swedish care home doctor’s perspective – Sebastian Rushworth
Scientists ‘warn’ of new coronavirus variant spreading across Europe [Search result] – FT
After three months of lockdown, Melbourne has a bleak lesson for the world – Bloomberg
We must keep our heads and accept that Covid is here for the long-term [Search result] – FT
Record 200 days without a local case makes Taiwan world’s envy – Bloomberg via MSN
It may be time to reset expectations as to when we’ll get a vaccine – STAT
US states by infection rate and political affiliation [Data visualisation] – Flourish
The pandemic could end waiting in line – The Atlantic
A UK/EU Brexit deal may be back on [Video] – TLDR
Could Trump win on Tuesday despite the polls? – Vox
Marina Hyde: Behold Trump’s pre-election secret weapon: Nigel Farage, ‘king of Europe’ – Guardian
Kindle book bargains
Note: The following deals expire at midnight Saturday 31 October.
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
How the awful stuff won – NY Books
Migration experience – Indeedably
Why it’s getting harder to mine gold – BBC
“The sucker has always tried to get something for nothing, and the appeal in all booms is always frankly to the gambling instinct aroused by cupidity and spurred by a pervasive prosperity. People who look for easy money invariably pay for the privilege of proving conclusively that it cannot be found on this sordid earth.”
Jesse Livermore, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
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