Weekend reading: Straight to the good stuff, summer 2020 edition

What caught my eye this week.

Hello! I’m half-on-holiday this week (and that’s without an NHS app ‘ping’ in earshot…)

My mini-break hasn’t stopped me reading the money and investing Internet. But it does limit my time to waffle on about it.

In other words, straight to the links this week.

Have a cool(er) weekend!

From Monevator

How spending on a credit card can protect the things you buy – Monevator

Emerging market bond risks – Monevator

From the archive-ator: 10 things you can do today to reset your life – Monevator

News

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Savers seeking to keep early access to pension pots (at 55) face 2023 deadline [Search result]FT

Nearly 620,000 people told to self-isolate after NHS Covid app ‘ping’ – ITV

UK fails to renegotiate two-year old and allegedly brilliant Brexit deal – BBC

China signals the end to the $2 trillion US listing juggernaut – Yahoo Finance

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition to matter today, but it does – Joachim Klement

Products and services

UK to trial automatic energy bill switching system – Guardian

Coventry Building Society launches best-buy savings account – ThisIsMoney

EVs cheaper to own than petrol or diesel over seven years – ThisIsMoney

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

How to set up an online shop to make money from home – ThisIsMoney

Nationwide offers first sub-1% five-year mortgage fix – MoneySavingExpert

Special offer: Get £100 cashback when you switch your ISA to Interactive Investor [Ends 31 July, terms apply, affiliate link] – Interactive Investor

American Express to overhaul British Airways Avios reward cards – Which

High-tech homes for sale, in pictures – Guardian

Comment and opinion

The highest forms of wealth – Morgan Housel

At what price does safety come first for investors? [Search result]FT

We are all investors now – Of Dollars and Data

What should you do with an inherited investment portfolio? – ThisIsMoney

How to survive until payday when you’re out of cash – Be Clever with Your Cash

Suppose the 60/40 portfolio underperforms for a decade – Behavioural Investment

Some Chinese shunning careers for “low-desire” [FIRE] life – AP News

The whole world is turning Japanese, demographically – Abnormal Returns

Stumble, trip – Indeedably

Naughty corner: Active antics

Ether’s role in a diversified portfolio – Morningstar

Are US companies really better than European ones? – Albert Bridge Capital

Mental momentum investors – Klement on Investing

What about beta? The demise of alpha – CAIA Association

Covid corner

Covid infections around the UK continue to rise – BBC

How to find the best holiday Covid test, by price and trust – Guardian

Japanese ‘natto’ beans may be a new Covid treatment – New Food Magazine

Kindle book bargains

(Don’t have a Kindle? Buy one and join the cheap book club!)

Elastic Habits: How to Create Smarter Habits That Adapt to Your Day by Stephen Guise – £0.99 on Kindle

Zen: The Art of Simple Living by Shunmyo Masuno – £0.99 on Kindle

A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Collapse of Lehman Brothers – £0.99 on Kindle

SAS: Leadship Secrets from the Special Forces by various authors – £0.99 on Kindle

Environmental factors

Why climate change threatens your retirement savings – CBS News

Survivor: salmon edition – Hakai Magazine

Australian lobbying keeps Great Barrier Reef off ‘in danger’ list – Guardian

Off our beat

How to get out of your own head – Raptitude

A quick guide to negative online comments – Humble Dollar

A love letter to browsing record stores and book shops – The Walrus

Zoomtown-on-Sea? The lure of a new life on the coast – BBC

Google Doodle Champion Island Games [Retro-style Olympics game]Google

Trading sex for cosmetic surgery in Mexico’s narco capital – BBC

Neckties are the new bow ties – The Atlantic

And finally…

“It’s easier to stimulate asset prices than it is to stimulate an economy.”
– Terry Smith, Investing for Growth

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