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What caught my eye this week.

I am recovering from an excellent wedding that ended late last night (not my own!) so straight into the links this morning.

Except to observe that people of all ages do seem very happy to mix again.

And that commentators who asked last summer “Will we ever be comfortable at a party again, post-Covid?” might have been bemused to see half a dozen pensioners crowding together into one of those comedy prop-strewn instant photo booths.

Of course that’s not to say that was necessarily wise behaviour for their age bracket in the midst of the ongoing Delta spread – nor to deny that there are limits to the double-jabbed vaccination protection that made this wedding possible.

More that the human spirit has strong reversion-to-the-mean tendencies.

Investing accordingly, I think.

Have a great weekend!

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Downing Street hints triple lock will be watered down – Guardian

Inflation falls to 2% in UK amid retail discounting – BBC

HMRC digs deep into your data [Search result]FT

Food industry chaos due to Brexit not Covid, say trade groups – Sky News

Lloyds moves into the landlord business with a 50,000 home plan – Guardian

UK house prices increased by 13.2% in the year to June 2021, up from 9.8% in May 2021 – ONS

Products and services

How will the post-Brexit return of roaming charges hit consumers? – Guardian

The pros and cons of a 35-year mortgage – Which

Sign-up to Freetrade via my link and we can both get a free share worth between £3 and £200 – Freetrade

John Lewis launches investing accounts with Nutmeg – ThisIsMoney

How to buy a secondhand phone, and what to look out for – Guardian

Nationwide is offering a £125 bank account switching bonus – Which

Homes for sale with a loft conversion, in pictures – Guardian

Comment and opinion

“Why I won’t wait to retire”Humble Dollar

The best advantage of life: being born rich – Of Dollars and Data

The age of the ETF is looming [Search result]FT

All or nothing markets – A Wealth of Common Sense

The optimal amount of hassle – Morgan Housel

The hidden risk of equal weighting index funds [PDF]Northern Trust

Bubble wealth [Academic paper/PDF, a few weeks old]SSRN

Naughty corner: Active antics

What’s harder? Asset allocation or stockpicking? – Behavioural Investment

There’s no such thing as buy and hold – Ensemble Capital

Quants are rethinking stock trades in the manic Reddit era – Yahoo Finance

How to craft a 30-stock, sector-neutral portfolio – Fortune Financial

Zooming out on Palantir’s vaunted vault of gold – Abnormal Returns

Hybrid workplace mindset mini-special

Why are so many knowledge workers quitting? – The New Yorker

It’s time to re-onboard everyone – Harvard Business Review

Mental health is the next big workplace issue – Axios

Disinfection robots and thermal cameras: the post-Covid office – Guardian

Covid corner

Is catching Covid now better than more vaccine? – BBC

Kindle book bargains

Surrounded by Psychopaths: or, How to Stop Being Exploited by Others by Thomas Erikson – £0.99 on Kindle

The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living by Mark Boyle – £0.99 on Kindle

Hired: Six Months in Low-Wage Britain by James Bloodworth – £0.99 on Kindle

Happy Money by Ken Honda – £0.99 on Kindle

Environmental factors

Twilight of the nautilus – Nautilus

The case for green versus blue hydrogen in energy production – DIY Investor

Behind the fight to save the Gulf of Mexico’s reefs – Texas Monthly

Off our beat

Inside Facebook’s Metaverse for work – The Verge

How to remember what you read – Farnam Street

Everybody is having hilarious fun and you’re not [On NFTs]Justin Paterno

How Wingspan – a board game about birds – became a surprise hit – Slate

Time dilation – Seth Godin

It’s time to bring back cargo pants – Wired

And finally…

“The impression was gaining ground with me that it was a good thing to let the money be my slave and not make myself a slave to money.”
– J.D. Rockefeller via Ron Chernow, Titan: The Life of J.D. Rockefeller

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