Weekend reading: Feeling winsome – Monevator

What caught my eye this week.

I was delighted this week when we were named Best Investing Blog in the 2021 SHOMO Awards.

These awards have been running since 2015 and we were chosen by a panel of money bloggers as well as journalists and PRs. A nice way to start the year!

But why aspire to hang one award on the wall of the guest bathroom when you might pick up another?

And to that end, we’ve been nominated (thank you, whoever did the deed) for Online Financial Influencer of the Year in the 2022 British Bank Awards.

These fairly prestigious gongs are chosen by the public. So please do feel free to have your say – for us, or for our sworn enemies – via the official voting survey. All entries go into a draw with a £1,000 cash prize.

Anyway this is Weekend Reading, so I thought I’d celebrate our SHOMO win by spreading the joy and linking to recent posts from runners-up in our category:

Hope you enjoy them. But not by so much that you think there was a miscarriage of justice.

Good stuff

Finally and sticking with voting, the results of our best FIRE film poll are in.

The winner by a clear majority was that tale of 1970s utopian suburbia, The Good Life. A respectable second place was claimed by It’s A Wonderful Life, with the Playing with FIRE documentary coming in third.

Thanks to everyone who cast their lot.

Judging by the comments and emails, it’s not clear to me whether The Good Life won on account of its financial messaging merits, or on the back of several dozen rekindled flames for Felicity Kendal.

Here’s a bonus clip from the winner then to please all parties!

Have a great weekend.

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UK economy grew at whopping 7.5% in 2021, but off a very low base – BBC

Thousands more to be auto-enrolled into a pension as ‘earnings trigger’ frozen at £10,000… – ThisIsMoney

…and there are calls for the trigger to be abandoned [Search result]FT

US inflation comes in hot, with CPI up 7.5% compared to a year ago – CNBC

Major breakthrough on nuclear fusion – BBC

Economists have solved the great toilet debate – Klement on Investing

Products and services

TransUnion to include ‘buy now, pay later’ debts on credit reports – Which

How are UK supermarkets trying to limit price rises? – Guardian

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Where can you get the highest rates on your savings? – Which

Homes for stargazing, in pictures – Guardian

Comment and opinion

Should you die with zero? – Rad Reads

The media and the markets – M.Y.F.E.

The hidden leverage of stock-based compensation [Search result]FT

Making a comeback – Humble Dollar

Lies, damn lies, and stock market valuation – Valididea

Why most money floods into assets at inopportune times – Young Money

Dolmens and doldrums – Simple Living in Somerset

Wall Street ethics: the good, the bad, and the ugly – Morningstar

All things property, with Rob Dix [Video]Foxy Monkey

Measuring inflation mini-special

Is inflation worse for the poorest households? We don’t know – Tim Harford

Covid-era kinks will screw with the inflation data – Joachim Klement

Crypt o’ crypto

BBC cryptocurrency documentary pulled from air at last minute – Guardian

“Hackers helped me find my lost Bitcoin fortune”BBC

Not everyone is ready to ‘play the sap’ for crypto – Institutional Investor

Ownership and the American Dream – Not Boring

Naughty corner: Active antics

Suffering: the ultimate investing superpower – Compound Advisers

Risk = danger + opportunity! – Musings on Markets

Addition by subtraction – Novel Investor

David Tepper: the king of bouncing back – Neckar’s Insecurity Analysis

Covid corner

The ending of the last restrictions in the UK: “brave or stupid”BBC

Why are so many Americans still dying of Covid? – NY Mag

Kindle book bargains

The World for Sale by Javier Blas and Jack Farchy – £0.99 on Kindle

The Joy for Work by Bruce Daisley – £0.99 on Kindle

What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence by Stephen A. Schwarzman – £0.99 on Kindle

The Perils of Perception by Bobby Duffy – £0.99 on Kindle

Environmental factors

Architects call for the mass insulation of interwar homes – Guardian

UK’s North East coast devastated by mysterious mass die-off – Guardian

The engineers battling to stop global warming ruining roads – BBC

What is sustainable? – The Belle Curve

100% of the snow at the Winter Olympics 2022 is artificial – TIME

Off our beat

Would a four-day workweek work for your company? – Protocol

After the fact – Morgan Housel

Location, Location, Location: realistic edition [Video] – via Twitter

How thinking about your future self can build a happier you – BBC

The best and coolest decade: nostalgia for the 1990s – Spectator

Brexit: what have we learned so far? [Video]Gresham College

Interesting outline of North America’s ‘new industrialism’ – Noahopinion

And finally…

“Advice is one thing that is freely given away, but watch that you only take what is worth having.”
– George Clason, The Richest Man In Babylon

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