Weekend Reading – Don’t Buy ETFs When The Market Opens

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.

There are people who have money and people who are rich


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.





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

FACTOR & Thematic investing


The Top 20 stocks in the S&P 500 contribute the most to its YTD return

The total return of the S&P 500 YTD is 7.55%, and the top 20 stocks have contributed to 7.08% of that! This is despite the fact that they are under 30% of the weight of the S&P 500. Of the top 20, particular heavy lifters include Apple, Microsoft and NVIDIA, contributing 1.49%, 1.15%, and 1.00% respectively.

Despite difficulties the tech industry has recently been facing, with highly publicised layoffs, these companies still clearly dominate in the S&P 500 both by weight and contributions to return. In fact, looking at the top 20, only 4 are not a part of the information technology sector.

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The corporate raider throwing Stones from his own glass house

Until this week Icahn Enterprises had a market capitalisation of around $18bn, more than triple the reported net value of its assets. These include majority ownership of energy and car companies, in addition to an activist-investment portfolio. On May 2nd Hindenburg Research, a short-selling outfit founded in 2017 by Nathan Anderson, accused Icahn Enterprises of operating a “Ponzi-like” structure. Icahn Enterprises has shed more than a third of its market value since Hindenburg released its report. 

Read more on Hindenburg Research




Beat Most Investors with our ETF Master Guides

Here are the first three ETF Master Guides:

  • Get Rich, Slowly but Surely – We designed Equity ETF selection frameworks and then picked the best funds in each category, so you don’t have to.
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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.

Wealth Management

How To Get Rich - Netflix Series Review (Bankeronwheels.com)


In Personal Finance, what one would consider Common Sense Is relatively Uncommon.  The Netflix Series “How to Get Rich” is based on Ramit Sethi’s work, including the New York Times Best Seller Book “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”. Today, we look at why most people are so bad at managing their finances and where you and your loved ones can start to change it. With this series, we are also glad to see Index Investing hitting Netflix in a big way.

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Personal Development

In conversation with Kevin Kelly on excellent advice for living & the power of truly becoming yourself (The Tim Ferris Show - 2 hr 8 Min )

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Kevin Kelly is the author of the new book Excellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I’d Known Earlier. Other books by Kevin Kelly include Out of Control, the 1994 classic book on decentralized emergent systems; The Silver Cord, a graphic novel about robots and angels; What Technology Wants, a robust theory of technology; Vanishing Asia, his 50-year project to photograph the disappearing cultures of Asia, and The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, a New York Times bestseller.

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Health & Wellness

Older people report better health status in cities

In 2021, at EU level, 43% of people aged 65 and over living in cities reported that they had a good or very good health status; Eight EU members reported shares above 50% of people aged 65 and over living in cities with good or very good health status. The highest proportions were recorded in Ireland (66%), Sweden (64%) and Belgium (60%). On the other hand, the lowest proportions were recorded in Lithuania (11%), Latvia (15%) and Portugal (21%). 

Read more on Euro Stat


Should You Quit Your Job? (The Outcome - 12 Min )

Should you quit your job and start a business? Joe Rogan & Garyvee talks about how to know when to quit your job and how to actually do what you love. This will be the most life changing speech you will see. It will motivate you to quit your job at the right time.

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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The Inside Story of ChatGPT’s Astonishing Potential (Greg Brockman - 30 Min )

In a talk from the cutting edge of technology, OpenAI cofounder Greg Brockman explores the underlying design principles of ChatGPT and demos some mind-blowing, unreleased plug-ins for the chatbot that sent shockwaves across the world. After the talk, head of TED Chris Anderson joins Brockman to dig into the timeline of ChatGPT’s development and get Brockman’s take on the risks, raised by many in the tech industry and beyond, of releasing such a powerful tool into the world.



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