Weekend Reading – AQR Destroys The 100% Equity Case: It’s Silly.

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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DEGIRO Review: A Transparent Leader In Low-Cost Investing (Banker on Wheels)

DEGIRO stands out as an appealing option for those seeking an affordable broker. While it might slightly edge higher in costs compared to its rivals, it compensates with transparency— a rare find among many VC-backed direct competitors.

Want to diversify your Brokers? DEGIRO could be an option. Read our review below.

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Portfolio Construction

Asset Allocation

You’d be insane to keep 100% stocks, whether domestic, international, or 50%/50% mix (Early Retirement Now)

Three finance professors claim that a 100% stocks portfolio, 50% domestic and 50% international stocks, would have consistently outperformed all other conventional wisdom asset allocations, e.g., 60/40, glidepaths in target date funds, etc. Quite a sweeping claim! They claim they have the empirical evidence to prove it. I have my doubts, though. Let’s take a look.

Read more on Early Retirement Now


Since 1957, the 10 largest stocks underperformed the 490 stocks by 2.4% (GMO)

Since 1957, the 10 largest stocks in the S&P 500 have underperformed an equal-weighted index of the remaining 490 stocks by 2.4% per year. But the last decade has been a very notable departure from that trend, with the largest 10 outperforming by a massive 4.9% per year on average.



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. 

Active Investing

FACTOR investing

discretionary investing


Real estate valuations, REITs, public vs private real estate investment (PhilBak Podcast - 56 Min)

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Phil sits down with Randall Zisler to discuss real estate and REITs. Randall is the co-founder of Zisler Capital Associates and a highly respected academic with a number of works on real estate investing, economics, and finance. In his conversation with Phil, he shares a wealth of knowledge pertaining to real estate valuations, REITs, public vs private real estate investment, and more.


Barry Ritholtz talks with David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital about the state of modern markets. (Ritholtz - 1 hr 8 Min)

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This week, we speak with David Einhorn. president of Greenlight Capital. He launched the value-oriented in 1996. Since inception, Greenlight has generated about 13% annually, and ~290o% total return versus the S&P500’s 1117% total and 9.5% annual returns. He famously shorted Allied Capital in the 2ooos and Lehman Brothers about a year before it collapsed into bankruptcy in 2008.

Crown to Dust - Downfall of America's Largest Bank | Citibank Documentary. (FinAIus - 46 min)

Citibank: once a kingmaker, now a cautionary tale. Welcome to Bailout Boulevard! We dig through the wreckage of America’s largest bank, tracing the greed from Wall Street penthouses to boarded-up Main Streets. “Crown to Dust” exposes the hubris that brought an empire to its knees, leaving a nation gasping for air. Buckle up, it’s a thrilling ride you won’t want to miss.







Emerging emperors: BlackRock MSCI vs Vanguard FTSE (ETF Stream)

After a ‘lost decade’ spelled triple-digit underperformance for emerging markets, investors hunting for diversification and a comeback in developing economies may seek out ETFs such as those offered by BlackRock and Vanguard. 

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Overview of the US and European ETF markets by leading Issuers. (ETFBook)

ETF Book Provided an updated overview of the US and European ETF markets by leading Issuers. US ETF market: AUM $7.96 trillion – European ETF market: AUM $1.81 trillion. iShares is leading in the US, but Vanguard is closing the gap. In Europe, iShares is much more dominant.

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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]

Wealth Management

Personal Finance

Our Broker Review Methodology (Banker on Wheels)

When choosing a broker, investors face a myriad of considerations, from safety measures to fee structures and beyond. Bankeronwheels.com takes a unique approach to broker comparison, designed with the discerning investor in mind. Here’s how we guide you through making an informed decision.

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Early Retirement

The cost of raising a child (Retire by 40)

Kids can be expensive, but don’t let that stop you. They might change your plan a bit, but FIRE won’t be out of reach. You just have to adapt your plan to include them. Many parents are inspired to work harder than ever after they have kids. However, I choose to go the frugal route instead. 

Read more on Retire by 40


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. 


Personal Development

Morgan Housel: Same as Ever (New Book) (Rational Reminder - 1 Hr 15 Min)

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In this episode, we are joined, for the third time, by renowned author and commentator Morgan Housel. Many of you are familiar with Morgan’s bestseller, The Psychology of Money, and he is back to discuss his latest book, Same as Ever: A Guide to What Never Changes. 

Health & Wellness

CAREERS & Entrepreneurship


Nomadland: a bikepacking adventure in mongolia (video) (Bikepacking.com)

“Nomadland” is a video from Ricard Calmet that takes viewers on a bikepacking journey through Mongolia’s serene mountains and painterly steppe. From feeling completely alone on remote tracks to being embraced by hospitable locals, their 1,800-kilometer ride was packed with unforgettable experiences. Find the 13-minute video with photos and a written perspective here.

Read more on Bikepacking.com

Tech & Economy



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And finally

Singapore’s Dirty Money Problem (Bloomberg )

Singapore has long been a haven for the super wealthy, with its low taxes, safety and stability.Threatening to upend that carefully crafted image, however, is a sprawling $2.2 billion money laundering scandal. Though the vast majority of investment in the city-state is above board, its famous openness to inflows is now under scrutiny.

What’s The Future For Bankeronwheels.com? 2023 Year-end Survey Results. (Banker on Wheels)

Bankeronwheels.com, born during the COVID pandemic, began as a personal blog blending cycling with investing insights.
By 2023, the blog had exceeded any growth expectations we had. Today, we want to make the blog the most impactful to our readers.

And there was no better than asking your opinion on how to bring it to the next level. Here are some takeaways from our last month’s survey.

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