Weekend reading: Heads you win

What caught my eye this week.

Finally my co-blogger The Accumulator has won the acclaim he so richly deserves.

No, not a plaudit for achieving the most active puns in a passive post.

Not the Leo Tolstoy Award for Services to Word Counts Beyond The Call of Anything Reasonable But Rather Really Excessive Haven’t You Even Heard of Twitter 2021 Edition.

Not even a retrospective of his black and white cartoons at the V&A.

But rather, a notification from The Motley Fool’s All-Star Money to tell us The Accumulator had won their article of the week spot with his Fighting The FIRE Demons post.

And the prize?

This artist’s impression of The Accumulator in bobblehead form:

Now, given how The Accumulator has cultivated an air of anonymous mystery around these parts, you might wonder why we’re so ready to share this homunculus with you all?

And the answer is you’re more likely to see The Accumulator doubling down on a triple-levered ETF than rocking a tie.

Meanwhile that wodge of cash would be out of his hands and invested into a long-term tracker fund before you could say, “I’ve worked out the terminal value of my round compounded in VRWL for 25 years and on reflection I’m sure I can hear my bus pulling up outside.”

And while TA is just as devilishly handsome as Bobblehead TA, our man is also older, more careworn, and about as likely to grin as Boris Johnson announcing a third wave.

In short, anonymity is preserved!

Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful treat from the All-Star Money team – thank you guys – and the least TA deserves after a decade of peerless posts for Monevator.

Just so long as he doesn’t expect a pay rise.

Have a great weekend everyone!

From Monevator

Can dogs and financial independence go together? – Monevator

How to manage multiple portfolios – Monevator

Beating inflation versus hedging inflation – Monevator

From the archive-ator: Are you lost in Neverland? – Monevator


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UK economy grew faster in April as shops reopened – BBC

Ministers aim to spur domestic tourism with cut-price UK rail pass – Guardian

House prices hit another record high with the average home up a mammoth £22,000 in just a year – ThisIsMoney

Smashed prices: Australians enjoy avocados that cost a mere $1 – Guardian

UK air taxi firm Vertical Aerospace to float in New York – Guardian

There are no bad assets… just bad prices [With PDF download]GMO

Products and services

There were 80 new 5% deposit mortgages launched last month – ThisIsMoney

Offer: Open a SIPP at Interactive Investor and you pay no SIPP admin fee for six months, saving you £60 – Interactive Investor

What to do if you were scammed by a Marcus clone site – Which

Index providers: the whales behind the scenes of ETFs [Research]SSRN

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

Fintech 3.0: an overview [Nerdy!]John Street Capital

Homes for sale fit for a Queen’s birthday, in pictures – Guardian

Comment and opinion

Fear – Enso Finance

Build the addition – About Your Benjamins

The top nine (bad) arguments against Bitcoin – The Simple Path to Wealth

A guide to moving from cash to investments – Compound Advisers

What to expect from the stock market – Humble Dollar

The million pound pension problem [Search result]FT

Index funds have too much voting power – Morningstar

Are rich people better investors? – Klement on Investing

Beware of anti-money hiccups when joining a new platform [Plus a rant]Simple Living in Somerset

Complementing a core strategy with managed futures [Geeky!]Wisdom Tree

Inflation for nerds mini-special

Why wage inflation can’t be transitory – The Reformed Broker

Booth and Fama on rising inflation – The Evidence-based Investor

Economists discuss: is inflation really dead? [Video] – via YouTube

Naughty corner: Active antics

Is there a better way to invest in meme stocks? – Of Dollars and Data

Inflation versus speculation – Feld Thoughts

The 10 biggest mistakes made by fund investors – Behavioural Investment

A deep dive into Fundsmith’s emerging markets trust – IT Investor

UK Value Investor updates on his model million pound portfolio – UK Value Investor

The dean of valuation looks at SPACs – Musings on Markets

A profile of the bullish US value investor John Rogers – Institutional Investor

Why one firm’s portfolio managers code in Python – Institutional Investor

Covid corner

Unvaccinated are most at risk from Delta variant – BBC

Did any of the anti-Covid mandates really make a difference? – Vox

Rapid Covid tests used in mass UK programme get scathing US report – Guardian

Kindle book bargains

Liars Poker by Michael Lewis – £0.99 on Kindle

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks – £0.99 on Kindle

Legacy by James Kerr – £0.99 on Kindle

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – £0.99 on Kindle

Environmental factors

The decade of new veganism – GQ

Off our beat

Gareth Southgate: Dear England – The Players’ Tribune

In space, nobody can hear Jeff Bezos. So can Richard Branson go, too? – Guardian

The 20-5-3 rule on how much time to spend outside –  Men’s Health

Microsoft Excel is now an e-sport. Yes, really – MSN

“You don’t have enough work because you’re walking too much – and other weird things I don’t miss about office life”Elizabeth Tai

Feeling sorry for people who won’t buy an Apple WatchAnthony Lawrence

And finally…

“One of the reasons that millionaires are economically successful is that they think differently.”
– Thomas J. Stanley, The Millionaire Next Door

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