Weekend Reading – Liquidity vs TER: Vanguard On Real Cost Of ETF Ownership

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I used to think that if there was reincarnation, I wanted to come back as the President or the pope or as a 400 baseball hitter. But now I would like to come back as the bond market. You can intimidate everybody.



Live and Let Buy: Which Bonds For Your Objectives? (Bankeronwheels.com)

Whether you are investing for the Short or Long Term, Bonds are a key component in a portfolio. This post, part 2 of the ultimate guide to bond index investing, spotlights the bond categories that will be explored in later issues. There is also some great material on bonds you may want to avoid, to accomplish your goals. There are seven big categories of Bond funds that you may use for portfolio construction. Read which ones are for you.

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Updated equity risk premiums & country premiums (Aswath Damodaran)

From Aswath: “Equity risk premiums (ERP) represent the price of risk in the equity market, rising as investors perceive more risk, and falling when they see less. They are ingredients that you need to estimate hurdle rates for projects, if you are a business, and discount rates for investors, when valuing companies. I update the ERP for the S&P 500 every month on my webpage (damodaran.com), and for countries twice every year. My mid-year (July 1, 2023) update of equity risk premiums is now available, and the world, as I see it from an equity risk perspective, is in the attached picture. You are welcome to use these estimates in your analyses and valuations, and if you do, there is no need to seek my permission. Use the numbers sensibly, take ownership of your analysis and may the force be with you!”

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Harry Markowitz, Nobel-Winning Pioneer of Modern Portfolio Theory, Dies at 95

You may not know, but Harry Markowitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, helped shape Index Investing as you know it by showing that diversification could reduce investment risk while maximizing returns. He recently passed away, aged 95. Robin Wigglesworth has written an excellent book about the Indexing Revolution, including how Markowitz contributed to it. We highly recommend it if you haven’t read it already.

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Active Investing

FACTOR investing

A Banker's Safari: Navigating the Zoo Of Factors (Bankeronwheels.com)

Craving an edge with more diversification and potential for higher-than-average returns?Berkin and Swedroe’s “Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing” is a great place to start. This book navigates you through the ‘zoo’ of factors, retaining only the most pertinent and investable factors influencing returns, including the ones that accounted for most of Warren Buffett’s outperformance. But beware, it’s not all smooth sailing. Risks and costs lurk around the corner, demanding knowledge and patience.

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Factor Outperformance vs.Tracking Error (Robeco)

Great animated chart with Factor Outperformance vs. Tracking Error since the 1960s for the different factors.

discretionary investing

Josh Wolfe on where investors will make money in AI (Bloomberg - 58 min)

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We’re in the midst of an AI mania of sorts. In public markets, investors are placing bets on the companies perceived as being the winners of this new wave of computing. Companies that aren’t even in “tech” are touting their AI bonafides. And of course, in private markets, every venture capitalist suddenly seems to be pivoting to AI in some way or another. But who will actually win?






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Wealth Management

What’s it like to be in the top 1%?

From FireVLondon: “What’s it like to be in the top 1%? According to the statistics, most of the readers of my blog are among the highest earning and/or richest people in the UK. I bet however that not many of you feel that way. Let’s start with income. To be in the top 1% of earnings in the UK in 2019 required pre-tax earnings of at least £134k. To be in the top 10%, you need to earn (individually) about £54k. By 2023, inflation has probably increased all these numbers by at least 10%, to say £150k and £60k.”

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Early Retirement

Fat FIRE: The Comprehensive Guide to a Luxurious Early Retirement

Over the past few years, more and more people are looking to achieve financial independence and retire early. Among the many different ways to achieve FIRE, one stands above the rest—Fat FIRE. Fat FIRE is an early retirement strategy that allows you to live life on your own terms. It’s much more than just escaping the rat race and leaving the corporate world behind—it’s about achieving a level of financial independence that gives you the retirement you’ve always dreamed of. But what exactly does Fat FIRE entail? What are its advantages and disadvantages? And what does it take to achieve?

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Personal Development

The path to prolific innovation, finding the soul of work, audacious ambitions plus much more with John Romero (The Tim Ferris Show - 1 hr 32 Min )

Computer and video game legend John Romero has designed and published more than 130 games since his first sale at the age of 16. A teenage programming prodigy, his major achievements include co-inventing a series of revolutionary computer games—DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein 3-D, and Commander Keen—that launched the industry’s most popular genre, the first-person shooter. The memoir DOOM GUY: Life in First Person is his first book..

Health & Wellness


Mapping Working Hours & Salary Across The OECD countries

At the top is Mexico, where the average worker clocks over 2,000 hours per year. This reflects the country’s labor dynamics, which typically involves a six-day workweek. For context, 2,128 hours is equal to 266 eight-hour workdays. The only other country to surpass 2,000 annual hours worked per worker is Costa Rica, which frequently tops the World Economic Forum’s Happy Planet Index (HPI). The HPI is a measure of wellbeing, life expectancy, and ecological footprint. Looking at the other end of the list, the two countries that work the fewest hours are Germany and Denmark. This is reflective of the strong labor laws in these countries as well as their emphasis on work-life balance.

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