What caught my eye this week.
I think we can all agree that money is not the most important thing in this life.
Equally, I suspect most of us believe money is one of the most important things in our lives. Simply because of how it enables us to do the other things.
I’ve been wrestling (often in the mud) with this conundrum for much of my working life. For me the path has mostly been to earn less (so less stress, and more life) and to save more (because I didn’t earn enough to save less while still hitting my financial freedom goals).
Others I respect, such as my co-blogger and the rarely-spotted RIT, took a different approach. They both sucked up many years of work stress at the same time as saving hard. They wanted to get out sooner than average, and they started saving later than me.
So you can turn these dials in various ways, particularly if you earn mega-bucks.
But most people will choose less stress as well as less saving… the conventional path to retirement at 67.
Being and nothingness
This week the marmite-y website More To That exposed what drives these choices from a different angle:
There is just one certainty: One day our time will be up, and we have no idea when that day will be.
Equipped with this knowledge, people decided that they didn’t want to spend their entire lives thinking about money.
They wanted the Nothingness of Money to start earlier than the last few moments of their lives, so they could spend at least a few decades living without the attentional drain of their finances.
They devised a tool that helped elongate the Nothingness of Money, and its invention ushered in a new way of thinking about financial freedom.
That tool was called retirement.
The full article will either make you think a lot or else seem trite.
I was left a ponderer, but then I always have been skeptical of the power of money – particularly for a money blogger!
At least the More To That vision of retirement looks more fun than most existential musings do:
The time value of money – Monevator
How unmarried couples can protect their finances – Monevator
From the archive-ator: Know your own risk tolerance – Monevator
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Bank of England surprises markets by holding rates at record low – CNBC
U-turn over access rules re: pension age rise from 55 to 57… – ThisIsMoney
…and the rationale – Which
New York’s Mayor Elect to take first three paycheques in Bitcoin – The Block
Luton man left shocked as his house is ‘stolen’ – BBC
UK average house price hits record £270,000 high… – Guardian
…while return of super-rich to London fuels house price surge – Guardian
Boris Johnson can’t escape the economic costs of Brexit [Search result] – FT
The OBR’s scary forecast on [bad scenario] UK interest rate rises – David Smith
Is rampant house price inflation about to decline? – ThisIsMoney
Products and services
Who made more: you or your house? [‘Fun’ interactive tool] – New Statesman
Money coaching app Claro offers FSCS-protected 2% on first £3,000 saved – ThisIsMoney
BOE rate hold means more time to secure a cheap mortgage – Guardian
Open a SIPP with Interactive Investor and pay no SIPP fee for six months. Terms apply – Interactive Investor
Half of the UK’s energy suppliers have gone bust this year – ThisIsMoney
How to super-rich buy their homes [Search result] – FT
What you can expect to pay to buy the freehold of your flat – ThisIsMoney
How has coronavirus affected house prices? – Which
Homes with an air source heat pump, in pictures – Guardian
Comment and opinion
The power of passive investing: time to relearn lessons [Search result] – FT
There’s no such thing as enough money – Incognito Money Scribe
11 things every stock market investor should know – Darius Foroux
Momentum is building for 24/7 stock markets – A Wealth of Common Sense
Two books to live by – Humble Dollar
How one 27-year old makes $10,000 a month as freelancer on Fiverr – CNBC
Hot streaks in your career don’t happen by accident – MSN
Smart beta: sometimes smart, sometimes not [Search result] – FT
The value of nothing: capital versus growth – American Affairs
Corporate culture mini-special
Does a fund manager’s culture and brand matter? – Behavioural Investment
Corporate culture as an intangible asset – The Evidence-based Investor
Naughty corner: Active antics
Inflation and stock market returns: a deep dive – OSAM
“I picked that stock, so it won’t go down” – Klement on Investing
The recovery in European value stocks may have further to go – Verdad
Moonshots – Foxy Monkey
Bill Miller: a value investor’s education – Neckar
America has lost the plot on Covid – The Atlantic
Where are we at in the UK? – BBC
Kindle book bargains
Exponential: How Accelerating Technology Is Leaving Us Behind by Azeem Azhar – £0.99 on Kindle
Happy Sexy Millionaire: Unexpected Truths about Fulfilment, Love, and Success by Steven Bartlett – £0.99 on Kindle
Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Fall of WeWork by Reeves Wiedman – £0.99 on Kindle
Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis – £0.99 on Kindle
(What do you mean you haven’t got a Kindle? Get £20 off one today.)
A SIPP can be a great way to save the planet… – DIY Investor UK
…but markets can’t fix climate change on their own – The Evidence-based Investor
Off our beat
Fitness: one step at a time – Humble Dollar
Arc – Indeedably
The same stories, again and again and again – Morgan Housel
Can data die? Tracking the Lenna image – The Pudding
The new science of metabolism – Guardian
The Metaverse: brave new world, or capitalist hellscape? – ETF Trends
“Mortality makes it impossible to ignore the absurdity of living solely for the future.”
– Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It
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