Weekend Reading – Interactive Brokers Fees: Are You Overpaying?

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“My partner Charlie says there is only three ways a smart person can go broke: liquor, ladies and leverage,”“Now the truth is — the first two he just added because they started with L — it’s leverage.”


Our New Tool: Interactive Brokers Plans – Which Is The Best For ETFs? (Banker on Wheels)

Interactive Brokers offers two pricing models: Fixed and Tiered. Fixed pricing is easier to understand. Tiered pricing formula is more complex and exchange-dependent.

Can You Change The Pricing Plan?

Yes, you can change it at any time, but pricing model changes take one day to apply. Alternatively, you may also create an additional linked account with the desired pricing model. This selection is instant.

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Portfolio Construction

Asset Allocation

What will it take for small caps to outperform? (FT.Com, Click on First Link)

US small-cap stocks are suffering their worst run of performance relative to large companies in more than 20 years, highlighting the extent to which investors have chased megacap technology stocks while smaller groups are weighed down by high interest rates.The Russell 2000 index has risen 24 per cent since the beginning of 2020, lagging behind the S&P 500’s more than 60 per cent gain over the same period. What would it take for them to perform?

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How Small Investments Make a Big Impact Over Time (Visual Capitalist)

Time is an investor’s biggest ally, even if they start with just a modest portfolio.

The reason behind this is compounding interest, of course, thanks to its ability to magnify returns as interest earns interest on itself. With a fortune of $159 billion, Warren Buffett largely credits compound interest as a vital ingredient to his success—describing it like a snowball collecting snow as it rolls down a very long hill. 

This bar chart shows the power of compound interest and regular contributions over time.

Generally speaking, building wealth involves two key pillars: time and rate of return. With this in mind, it’s important to take into account investment fees which can erode the value of your investments.

Read more on Visual Capitalist

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Active Investing

FACTOR investing

HML Compounder: Value, Momentum, Trend and Leverage (Security Analysis - 47 Min)

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HML Compounder is a DIY investor posting about his personal portfolio and connecting with other investors online.  HML refers to ‘high minus low’, or the difference in returns between value stocks and growth stocks as define by Fama & French’s three factor model.

discretionary investing

The AI Bubble Thesis with Doug Clinton (Excess Returns - 60 Min)

AI stocks have seen a big run recently. This has led many fundamental-based investors to suggest that things have gotten ahead of themselves. Some have even suggested AI is already in a bubble. But what if we are still in the early innings? What if a bubble is just getting started that could eventually exceed the dotcom bubble? Those are the questions we tackle this week with Deepwater’s Doug Clinton.







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Cheapest UCITS Small Cap ETF: Invesco cuts fees on four ETFs (ETF Stream)

Invesco has slashed the fees of four equity and bond ETFs including its $65m Russell 2000 ETF as it looks to boost demand. The US giant reduced the fees on the Invesco Russell 2000 UCITS ETF (RTYS) from 0.45% to 0.25%, making it Europe’s lowest cost ETF to track the US small-cap index, undercutting rivals State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), DWS and Amundi.

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

Fidelity International Review: A Golden Retriever-Friendly Platform (Banker on Wheels)

Fidelity International stands out as a great choice for investors with families, and looking for a reputable and competitive choice.  However, advanced investors may find limitations depending on their sophistication and needs.

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Meb Faber talks with Tim Ranzetta is the Founder of Next Gen Personal Finance about spreading financial literacy education. (Meb Faber - 47 Min)

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In today’s episode, Tim updates us on everything going on with Next Gen Personal Finance. You all know I’m a huge proponent of teaching kids personal finance and Tim is as focused on this making this happen as much as anyone. He talks about “Mission 2030,” which is to guarantee every high school student in the US takes at least one semester-long personal finance course by 2030.

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?

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Early Retirement

What Global Withdrawal Rates Teach Us About Ideal Retirement Portfolios (Portfolio Charts)

Between my own independent research and the discussions of other investors I enjoy reading, it seems the topic of safe withdrawal rates has been bubbling to the top lately. One particular question recently captured my attention. What portfolio has the best safe withdrawal rate in the worst case scenario around the world?

You see, the vast majority of withdrawal rate research focuses on the United States. However, most people consider the US to be an extremely positive outlier, which raises legitimate questions about the appropriateness of determining one’s retirement plan by myopically focusing on only the best case country. 

Read more on Portfolio Charts

Personal Development

Legendary Actor Scott Glenn — How to Be Super Fit at 85, Lessons from Marlon Brando (The Tim Ferris Show - 2 Hr 9 Min)

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Scott Glenn’s acting career spans nearly 60 years. His impressive film resume includes performances in Apocalypse Now, Urban Cowboy, The Right Stuff, Silverado, The Hunt for Red October, The Silence of the Lambs, Backdraft, The Virgin Suicides, and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Health & Wellness

CAREERS & Entrepreneurship


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. 



Wheels to Waves: Bikepacking Lombok Island (Video) (Bikepacking.com, Paywall)

“Wheels to Waves” is a new feature-length video that follows a group of new and old friends on a 600-kilometer journey around Indonesia’s alluring Lombok Island, experiencing the picturesque island’s challenging terrain, stunning beaches, and unique culture. Watch the 40-minute video with an introduction from creator Haetam Attamimy here…

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Why is this number everywhere? (Veritasium - 24 Min)

The number 37 is on your mind more than you think. The number 37 might seem random, but it often pops up in various contexts, from mathematics to pop culture. In math, it’s a prime number, adding a layer of uniqueness. It also appears in temperature conversions, as the human body’s normal temperature in Celsius. This frequency in appearance could be due to its mathematical properties or simply a coincidence that makes it stand out more once you start noticing it.

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