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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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A comprehensive guide to different retirement withdrawal strategies (Vanguard)

With lots of talk about withdrawal rates this week, let’s go back to basics. What options do you have? Vanguards provides a deep dive into:

  • Percentage-of-portfolio strategy
  • Fixed-dollar withdrawal strategy
  • Fixed-percentage withdrawal strategy

Ignore the noise, look at serious research.

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Ranking the Credit Ratings of Major Economies (Visual Capitalist)

Country credit ratings assess the likelihood that a country will default on its debts, and are determined by international rating agencies like Standard & Poor’s (S&P), Moody’s, and Fitch Ratings.

Generally speaking, a higher rating results in lower borrowing costs for the country, while lower ratings can increase costs or even limit access to capital.

This graphic from The Hinrich Foundation shows the credit worthiness of 28 major economies, using an index of ratings from the three agencies mentioned above

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Why the global economy & markets can continue to outperform in 2024 (Goldman Sachs - 29 min)

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Goldman Sachs’ Jan Hatzius, the firm’s chief economist and head of Goldman Sachs Research, and Dominic Wilson, senior advisor in the Global Markets Research Group, discuss their outlook and the findings from their recently published 2024 macro outlook entitled, The Hard Part is Over.


Investing is simple- like riding a bike (Italian Book Review) (Bankeronwheels.com)

To many cycling enthusiasts, the bicycle embodies freedom and equality. Similarly, the art of wise investing resonates with freedom, simplicity, and accessibility. With the democratisation of knowledge, the possibility of attaining financial freedom is within reach of many. Establishing a portfolio is swifter than learning to cycle. The challenge, however, lies in tailoring your portfolio to suit your unique financial journey. This is where Lorenzo Biagi’s new book could be of help.

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Has the quality of small-cap equities declined over time? (Verdad)

Jeff Burton at Furey Research recently published a piece titled “The Death of Small Cap Equities,” highlighting the underperformance of small-cap stocks and the deterioration in the quality of the Russell 2000 index over the last 40 years. Here’s Verdad’s take

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Concern over Market Valuations (Dimensional Funds)

Aggregate stock market valuation ratios have not been strong predictors of broad market returns. And yet, high stock valuations sit near the top of concerns cited by investors about the state of equity markets. However, this perception stems from a subset of stocks, and investors should be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater by ascribing this characteristic to the global stock market.

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Stanley Druckenmiller: The Government Needs To Stop Spending Like Drunken Sailors (CNBC - 7 min)

Stanley Druckenmiller, Duquesne Family Office chairman and CEO, joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the state of the U.S. economy, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s ‘big blunder’ of not issuing more long-dated Treasurys when interest rates were low, government spending and the impact on the national debt, market outlook, the Fed’s inflation fight, and more.




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State Street to offer Europe’s cheapest S&P 500 ETF after drastic fee cut (ETF Stream)

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) is set to offer the cheapest ETF in Europe after slashing the fees on its S&P 500 product by two-thirds.

Effective 1 November, the $5.5bn SPDR S&P 500 UCITS ETF (SPY5) will see its total expense ratio (TER) cut from 0.09% to 0.03%, the cheapest S&P 500 ETF on the European market, undercutting the Invesco S&P 500 UCITS ETF (SPXS) and its 0.05% TER.

Read more on ETF Stream

Robeco is stepping into the European ETF market with a focus on active funds. The Dutch asset manager, which has €181bn assets under management, is planning to launch its first UCITS ETFs in Q2 2024. [FT.com]

Xetra has seen the launch of 3 new fixed income ETFs by the German asset management group DWS. The ETFs provide ultra-short-duration exposure to bonds from issuers of Eurozone sovereigns. All the ETFs have a 0.07% fee. [ETFStrategy.com]


BlackRock is set to launch ten ETFs focused on Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS). Ranging in maturity from 2024 to 2033, these ETFs will seek to provide inflation protection to investors concerned with erosion of purchasing power. The new TIPS-defined maturity bond ETFs will carry an expense ratio of 0.1%. [ETF.com]



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Personal Development

How to master the difficult art of receiving & giving feedback (The Tim Ferriss Show - 2 hr 12 min)

Sheila Heen has spent the last three decades working to understand how people can better navigate conflict, with a particular specialty in difficult conversations. She is a founder of Triad Consulting Group, a professor at Harvard Law School, and a co-author of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (even when it’s off base, unfair, poorly delivered, and, frankly, you’re not in the mood).

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10 Stoic Steps To Being A Better Leader (The daily stoic - 16 min)

Seneca thought he knew Nero. He was confident in his ability to teach or contain or even control him. Other Stoics knew better.


Interactive Brokers




Our interactions with hundreds of investors revealed two trends: Index investing forms the backbone of their portfolios, and Interactive Brokers emerges as the go-to platform for a majority of investors.


As of 29/03/2024, Interactive Brokers offers rates up to 4.738% (GBP), 3.445% (EUR) and 4.83% (USD) on cash. 


As of 29/03/2024, Interactive Brokers offers rates up to 4.738% (GBP), 3.445% (EUR) and 4.83% (USD) on cash. 


In conversation with Elon (Lex Fridman Podcast - 2 hr 17 min)

Elon Musk on War, AI, Aliens, Politics, Physics & Humanity


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Visualizing the Pyramid of Global Wealth Distribution (Visual Capitalist)

Who controls global wealth?

In 2022, the world’s millionaires held nearly half of net household wealth. Decades of low interest rates led equities and real estate values to soar, and these assets are disproportionately held among the world’s wealthiest.

While a steep rise in interest rates decreased these fortunes in 2022, the share of wealth controlled by the global millionaire population remains substantial.

Read more on Visual Capitalist

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