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.
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.
The best FIRE films – Monevator
Will you spend less as you age? The case against – Monevator
From the archive-ator: The first law of personal finance is to spend less than you earn – Monevator
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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
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
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
“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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