Weekend Reading – The Portfolio To Live Longer

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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This section is dedicated to research on how to invest for the Long Run using Passive Investment Strategies. Read Topics related to (i) Portfolio Construction and Asset Allocation (ii) Acting wisely by avoiding behavioural traps and also (iii) publications that help understand how financial markets work.


How Much Should You Pay for An ETF? (Bankeronwheels.com)

According to Vanguard research, investing through an ETF that is 0.6% more expensive than the lowest available can lower the likelihood of a successful early retirement by more than half. But how exactly should you assess an ETF’s cost? Especially when one ETF has a better historical performance and another ETF has a better forward-looking Total Expense Ratio. Here are some questions that European and UK Investors frequently ask. 

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In conversation with Barry Ritholtz on Behavioral Finance Principles That Actually Improve Financial Behavior (The Human Side Of Money - 1 hr 38 min)

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As behavioral finance has moved into the mainstream, one thing has become clear. It’s great to know there’s a way to explain a client’s sub-optimal behavior. But, it’s an entirely different challenge to know what to do about it. In other words, behavioral finance has done a great job of providing advisors with a list of diagnoses. There are over 20+ biases to pick from. But, we need less diagnosis and more prescription.


Mapped: The Global Bond Market

Valued at over $51 trillion, the U.S. has the largest bond market globally. Government bonds made up the majority of its debt market, with over $26 trillion in securities outstanding.
In 2022, the Federal government paid $534 billion in interest on this debt. China is second, at 16% of the global total. Local commercial banks hold the greatest share of its outstanding bonds, while foreign ownership remains fairly low. Foreign interest in China’s bonds slowed in 2022 amid geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and lower yields.

Read more on VisualCapitalist.com


This section relates to improving your knowledge about active investing.  If you decide to sin, then sin only a little. Given ample evidence, combined active bets should be ideally a relatively small fraction of your portfolio. This section also includes Sustainable Investing. You can invest in a Socially Responsible way, but there are many ESG traps. Learn how to invest sustainably, and what it means for expected returns, with our definitive guide to sustainable investing

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Mapped: House price growth around the world

 In many countries around the world, it seems like house prices have been constantly climbing.

Houses fulfill a rare mix of necessity, utility, sentimentality, and for many, also act as a primary investment to build wealth. And it’s that last angle, combined with increasing demand in many countries, that is driving housing prices skyward.

Using data from the Bank of International Settlements, Ehsan Soltani has ranked the change in real residential property prices for 57 countries from 2010 to 2022.

Read more on VisualCapitalist.com




15 Years On, We Fall For The Same Tricks – Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street On Netflix (Review)


The 2023 Netflix docuseries Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street dives into the largest Ponzi scheme in history, worth $64.8 billion.

Although the Madoff madness stopped in late 2008, today’s investors still fall for the very same tricks.

What exactly can we learn from this series?

Let’s have a closer look. 

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  • Don’t get fooled by Wall Street – Hardly anyone understands Sustainable Investing. ESG Ratings are not designed to protect the planet. Adjusted for risk, ESG ETFs will also inevitably underperform. But there are ways to invest Sustainably. 
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This section is dedicated to UK and European Products. It can also touch on other European jurisdictions outside the Euro-zone.

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UK: 17 ways to save money on your household bills and living costs in 2023 (which.co.uk)

Life is getting more expensive for all of us at the minute, and rising living costs are a concern for households across the country. The cost of living has surged at its fastest pace in almost 40 years, with inflation – the rate at which prices are rising – hitting 10.4% in March. With interest rates also being increased, record fuel prices and a host of household bill hikes coming into force in April, a team of Which? experts have answered 17 key questions on how you can cut your household expenses.

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Personal Development

In conversation with Gregg (Outside 365) on the power of outside, overcoming adversity, the value of streaks, building momentum & more (ChooseFI - 49 Min )

Creating and maintaining habits are an important part of the FI journey. Not only does it require you to prioritize what you value, but it can lead to success in many areas of your life. However, while we talk about the success that habits can lead to, sometimes we overlook that starting a habit can be stressful or overwhelming

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Health & Wellness

Dr. Peter Attia - The Portfolio to Live Longer (Invest Like the Best - 1 hr 25 Min )

My guest this week is Dr. Peter Attia. I’ve had Peter on the show twice before but it’s been over 5 years since his last appearance. In that period, his work has exploded and today he’s one of the clear leaders on the topic and practice of longevity and health span. He has a new book out called Outlive, which I heartily recommend.


Work, Play & Surf: 5 Beach Gateways for Digital Nomads from Okinawa to Koh Lanta (Bankeronwheels.com)

Over the past year, Raph and I worked remotely from Digital Nomad places in Asia and Europe. Sometimes illusionary in a corporate environment, work-life balance can also be tricky on the move. We tested different coworking spaces, but sometimes adapted a work-from-home style when options were limited. Time off while travelling can be incredibly rewarding. We wanted to bring out unique activities each place offers to make your choice easier.

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