Weekend Reading – BlackRock Launches A Synthetic World ETF

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One of the important factors behind the fluctuation between bull and bear markets, between booms and crashes and bubbles, is that investor memory has to fail us – and fail universally – in order for the extremes to be reached.


Developed markets ex-us: how to control your allocation to u.s. stocks (Banker on Wheels)

Today, getting exposure to ex-US Markets is possible with just one ETF. Xtrackers just launched the MSCI World ex USA UCITS ETF. Some of our readers like to implement tilts towards markets that are exposed to cheaper Value Sectors in Europe and Asia. We believe in diversified investing. But, if implementing a tilt can make more expensive US Stocks more bearable for some investors so that they can stick to their strategy in the long run, it is a sin worth pursuing.

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Portfolio Construction

Asset Allocation


Are We in a Stock Market Bubble? (Ray Dalio)

What the latest readings from my bubble gauge say about the market. As you know, I like to convert my intuitive thinking into indicators that I write down as decision rules (principles) that can be back tested and automated to put together with other principles and bets created the same way to make up a portfolio of alpha bets. I have one of these for bubbles. 

Read more on Ray Dalio’s Linkedin



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

Factors: Upstarts Challenge a Foundation of Modern Investing (Bloomberg)

A Nobel laureate’s theory supports betting on cheaper stocks and sets a benchmark for money managers.But the numbers keep changing. How much does it matter? In November a curious paper dropped on SSRN an online hub widely used by economists to circulate their work.

Read more on Bloomberg

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BlackRock launches synthetic World ETF (ETF Stream)

BlackRock has expanded its synthetic range with the launch of a World Equity ETF. The iShares MSCI World Swap UCITS ETF (IWDS) is listed on Euronext Amsterdam with a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.20%. IWDS tracks the MSCI World Net TR Index, which offers exposure to 1,480 equities across 23 developed market countries.

Read more on ETF Stream

New UCITS ETF launches

1Amundi Prime All Country World UCITS ETF0.07%IE0009HF1MK9
2Xtrackers MSCI World ex USA UCITS ETF 1C0,16%IE0006WW1TQ4

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

Vanguard Investor UK Review – Leader in Hands-Off Investing (Banker on Wheels)

Vanguard Investor UK stands out as a great choice for hold and buy investors that are looking for a simple platform managed by one of the most reputable global asset managers. However, it may not be the cheapest, and more sophisticated investors may find limitations on both investment choice and advanced features.

[Read our article]

European Home Ownership (@MichaelAArouet)

 Homeownership in Europe:

Highest – Balkans, lowest – Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Read more on @MichaelAArouet

Interactive Investor Review (Banker on Wheels)

Interactive Investor stands out as a great choice for UK investors with families, and looking for multicurrency accounts to reduce FX-fee frictions. However, advanced investors may find limitations depending on their sophistication and needs.

Is it suitable for you?

[Read our methodology]

Early Retirement

How to Harness the Flowing Nature of Withdrawal Rate Math (Portfolio Charts)

Withdrawal rates have always been a passion of mine. Beyond a natural desire to judiciously plan and manage my own early retirement, I’ve also been fascinated with withdrawal rate mechanics from a purely intellectual perspective. Not only is it an interesting topic, but I also like how there’s still lots of room for new development.

Read more on Portfolio Charts


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

Hugh Howey -How to Sell Millions with Self-Publishing, How to Find Your Big Break (The Tim Ferris Show - 1 hr 40 Min)

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Hugh Howey is the New York Times bestselling author of Wool, Beacon 23, Sand, Machine Learning, Half Way Home, and more than a dozen other novels. His Silo trilogy was recently adapted by Apple TV, becoming their #1 drama of all time. Please enjoy!

Health & Wellness

CAREERS & Entrepreneurship


Bikepacking Thailand: The Impact of The Lanna Kingdom (Video) (Bikepacking.com)

In this 13-minute video, Sam Rice and Bec Norman re-ride a portion of the 400-kilometer Lanna Kingdom bikepacking route a year after its launch to explore the social and ethical impact of building a bikepacking route in rural Thailand. Watch as they reconnect with local friends, meet riders, and enjoy some of the route’s boundless natural and cultural beauty here…

Read more on Bikepacking.com

Tech & Economy


Why Italy’s Economy is Doing Surprisingly Well (TLDR - 10 Min)

Italy, once Europe’s economic underdog, is now seeing a turnaround with improved post-pandemic growth and lower inflation compared to its neighbors. In this video, we explore the reasons behind Italy’s surprising economic resilience and its future outlook.


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And finally

The Oldest Unsolved Problem in Math (Veritasium - 32 Min)

Do odd perfect numbers exist? 

The question of whether odd perfect numbers exist is one of the oldest unsolved problems in mathematics. A perfect number is a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper divisors, excluding itself. For example, 28 is a perfect number because its divisors (1, 2, 4, 7, 14) sum up to 28.


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