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What caught my eye this week.

I am down in Cornwall at the moment, living the outdoorsy middle-class Londoner’s cliché dream. Earlier this evening Paul Ainsworth wowed with a rib. Yesterday a Rick Stein spot did wonders with a negroni.

The Camel Estuary of course outshines them all.

So technically I’m on my holidays. But this being October in the UK there’s been plenty of rain to keep me busy. Hence a short menu of links below.

Enjoy, please add anything you’ve spotted in the comments – and have a great weekend!

From Monevator

Three investing mistakes that cost me – Monevator

From the archive-ator: which asset allocation is right for you? – Monevator


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No improvement in fuel supplies, say retailers – BBC

Millions of Britons face higher gas and electricity bills – Guardian

Investors surge into VCTs ahead of dividend tax increase [Search result]FT

How much tax will you pay now stamp duty break has ended? – Which

Outcry over proposal for lower student loan repayment threshold – Guardian

Stablecoins, stability, and financial inclusion – a16z

Products and services

Buy-to-let landlords can now bag a sub-1% mortgage rate – ThisIsMoney

Gatehouse Bank launches a best buy 1.51% ‘Green’ one-year savings bond – ThisIsMoney

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

American Express boosts rewards for new Gold card customers – ThisIsMoney

Homes for sale near good public transport, in pictures – Guardian

Comment and opinion

Reversing the sequence of the last 40 years of returns – TEBI

The broken clock – Of Dollars and Data

Everyone can predict where life’s journey will end – Humble Dollar

Save now, buy later – A Wealth of Common Sense

The trouble with one-sided markets – Ritholtz

The true cost of private schools – Banker on FIRE

What financial advisors need to know about crypto – ETF.com

Taking the Great out out of Britain – Simple Living in Somerset

Naughty corner: Active antics

The arithmetic of high conviction portfolios – Klement on Investing

Has the (latest) retail trading boom changed the stock market? – Factor Research

I just don’t care – All-star Charts

Widespread hedge fund outperformance is truly a thing of the past – TEBI

The Milken way – Neckar’s New Money

Covid corner

The 60-year old scientific screw-up that helped Covid kill – Wired

Covid antiviral pill can halve the risk of hospitalization – BBC

Kindle book bargains

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder – £3.89 on Kindle

Environmental factors

Will lab-grown meat ever rival the real thing? – Guardian

Off our beat

Steven Pinker: why doesn’t rationality seem to matter any more? – Harvard

History’s seductive beliefs – Morgan Housel

Ex-Morgan Stanley analyst explains the problem with banking jobs – EFC

A hamster in a special cage has been trading cryptocurrency since June and is beating the S&P 500 – Markets Insider

The Goldilocks fallacy – Seth Godin

Existential optimism – Not Boring

And finally…

“Never buy anything from someone who is out of breath.”
― Burton G. Malkiel, A Random Walk Down Wall Street

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