Weekend Reading – Are Short-Term Bonds a No-Brainer Right Now?

Weekend Reading is a collection of Investment Research and Lifestyle topics from all corners of the Web.We source the highest quality insights from Wall Street and Main Street that you may apply to your investment process. Unlike the rest of Bankeronwheels.com, this series is provided without additional guidance. As usual, everything is to be used at your own risk.  Below is the type of content we shortlist.

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This section is dedicated to research on how to invest for the Long Run using Passive Investment Strategies. Read Topics related to (i) Portfolio Construction and Asset Allocation (ii) Acting wisely by avoiding behavioural traps and also (iii) publications that help understand how financial markets work.


Easy, but boring money – How to reduce withholding tax? (Bankeronwheels.com)

One of the advantages of DIY Investing is that you can optimise for your personal circumstances, including reducing your tax bill. ETFs are simple, transparent and efficient. But the devil is in the details. There are two ways to reduce Withholding Taxes. First, Synthetic ETFs.  Second, U.S. ETFs can reduce the overall tax bill to both the U.S. and your Government due to tax offsets. But before investing is U.S. ETFs be sure that your country, like the UK or Switzerland, has a good Estate Tax Treaty with the U.S.

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Annual inflation at 6.9% in euro area, 8.3% in the EU

The euro area annual inflation rate was 6.9% in March 2023, down from 8.5% in February. The lowest annual rates were registered in Luxembourg (2.9%), Spain (3.1%) and the Netherlands (4.5%). The
highest annual rates were recorded in Hungary (25.6%), Latvia (17.2%) and Czechia (16.5%). Compared with
February, annual inflation fell in twenty-five Member States and rose in two.

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This section relates to improving your knowledge about active investing.  If you decide to sin, then sin only a little. Given ample evidence, combined active bets should be ideally a relatively small fraction of your portfolio. This section also includes Sustainable Investing. You can invest in a Socially Responsible way, but there are many ESG traps. Learn how to invest sustainably, and what it means for expected returns, with our definitive guide to sustainable investing

FACTOR & Thematic investing




Mapped: House price growth around the world

 In many countries around the world, it seems like house prices have been constantly climbing.

Houses fulfill a rare mix of necessity, utility, sentimentality, and for many, also act as a primary investment to build wealth. And it’s that last angle, combined with increasing demand in many countries, that is driving housing prices skyward.

Using data from the Bank of International Settlements, Ehsan Soltani has ranked the change in real residential property prices for 57 countries from 2010 to 2022.

Read more on VisualCapitalist.com




15 Years On, We Fall For The Same Tricks – Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street On Netflix (Review)


The 2023 Netflix docuseries Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street dives into the largest Ponzi scheme in history, worth $64.8 billion.

Although the Madoff madness stopped in late 2008, today’s investors still fall for the very same tricks.

What exactly can we learn from this series?

Let’s have a closer look. 

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This section is dedicated to UK and European Products. It can also touch on other European jurisdictions outside the Euro-zone.

Wealth Management

What are financial advisors (measurably) useful for? (Rational Reminder - 1 hr 6 Min )

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What is the real utility of financial advisors and what does research and findings about the supposed and actual value that advisors can offer investors say?  There are a lot of positives investors can accrue from dealing with a trustworthy advisor and the conditions necessary for this.



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Personal Development

The Joy's of an Unoptimized Life, Finding paths less travelled, creating tech independence & more (The Tim Ferris Show - 2 hr 54 Min )

Derek Sivers (@sivers) is an author of philosophy and entrepreneurship, known for his surprising, quotable insights and pithy, succinct writing style. He is a former musician, programmer, TED speaker, and circus clown, who sold his first company, CDBaby, for $22 million and gave all the money to charity.
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Health & Wellness


Should You Quit Your Job? (The Outcome - 12 Min )

Should you quit your job and start a business? Joe Rogan & Garyvee talks about how to know when to quit your job and how to actually do what you love. This will be the most life changing speech you will see. It will motivate you to quit your job at the right time.

Work, Play & Surf: 5 Beach Gateways for Digital Nomads from Okinawa to Koh Lanta (Bankeronwheels.com)

Over the past year, Raph and I worked remotely from Digital Nomad places in Asia and Europe. Sometimes illusionary in a corporate environment, work-life balance can also be tricky on the move. We tested different coworking spaces, but sometimes adapted a work-from-home style when options were limited. Time off while travelling can be incredibly rewarding. We wanted to bring out unique activities each place offers to make your choice easier.

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The Inside Story of ChatGPT’s Astonishing Potential (Greg Brockman - 30 Min )

In a talk from the cutting edge of technology, OpenAI cofounder Greg Brockman explores the underlying design principles of ChatGPT and demos some mind-blowing, unreleased plug-ins for the chatbot that sent shockwaves across the world. After the talk, head of TED Chris Anderson joins Brockman to dig into the timeline of ChatGPT’s development and get Brockman’s take on the risks, raised by many in the tech industry and beyond, of releasing such a powerful tool into the world.


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