Weekend reading: Always last to the dance floor

What caught my eye this week.

I was going to ramble semi-eloquently about how it feels to finally catch Covid, two and a bit years and three vaccination shots on from when this journey started.

Perhaps I’d reflect on our early speculation and debate about the virus and the economic costs and consequences of trying to contain it, the euphoria at the initial vaccine promise, and lately the long shadows cast by the pandemic. Weigh it all up while I’ve such a deep personal interest.

But honestly, while I’m basically fine – like a terrible flu the first day, followed by a couple of days of a shape-shifting cold – just pulling together the links I collected has sort of zonked me out.

The fatigue is real!

A friend of mine described having Covid at this point in the pandemic as like tripping over a rock on the way home from the war. Funny, but unfortunately this war isn’t over.

My immune system beat off several confirmed close encounters, but this latest overwhelmed my presumably de-escalated defenses. I guess a pattern that will continue for all of us for years.

I’m thankful that from that first rotten day I had faith that I just had to buy time for all that pre-loaded virus-killing weaponry to spin-up again.

Fancifully, I could almost feel it happening!

And so here I am, on day four with just a sort throat and a clogged nose. Tired but touchwood nothing worse.

Please let’s not have another year like 2020 – of blind shivering in the dark – for a couple of generations.

And if you are able to get out and enjoy some Victoria sponge with a slightly boring neighbour this weekend, haven’t we at least all learned not to take that for granted?

From Monevator

FIRE update: one-year anniversary  – Monevator

From the archive-ator: Sad story stocks – Monevator

News

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Deadline to use the Help To Buy scheme brought forward by two months – Which

Investors seek millions from Woodford fund collapse – BBC

Travel chaos risk as government rules out emergency visa for aviation workers – Guardian

Sterling faces an ‘existential threat’, compared to emerging market currency – ThisIsMoney

Eurozone inflation jumps to a new record at 8.1% – Politico

US firms added more jobs than expected in May – BBC

Royal Mail to expand Sunday delivery to compete with rivals – ThisIsMoney

Omicron subvariant drives Covid cases and death spike in Portugal – Guardian

UK credit card borrowing rises at fastest annual rate for 17 years – Guardian

Products and services

‘Confirmation of Payee’ to be rolled out to 400 more firms to fight scams – Which

Open a SIPP with Interactive Investor and pay no SIPP fee for six months. Terms apply – Interactive Investor

Can buy now, pay later survive the cost of living crisis? [Search result]FT

Premium Bonds turn 65. Here’s 65 random facts about them – ThisIsMoney

Pre-paid funeral plan regulation is looming – is your provider ready? – Which

How to choose the best travel insurance – ThisIsMoney

Homes for sale in Jubilee cities, in pictures – Guardian

Comment and opinion

Why you’re checking your portfolio’s value far too often – Rational Walk

Would Jack Bogle regret also pioneering growth/value index funds? – Morningstar

Rallies to the bottom – Of Dollars and Data

Different kinds of BS – Morgan Housel

Widow brain: what to expect after a spouse dies and how to cope – Kindness FP

More than ever – Humble Dollar

The only way to become a better investor – Banker on FIRE

Easy money is money easily lost – A Wealth of Common Sense

On financial ‘variolation’ as a cure for speculation – Rational Walk

Resignation day [and swearing] goals – Fungbunger via Twitter

The Bogleheads talk about ESG investing [Podcast] – via Apple

Why robo advisors haven’t displaced humans yet [Nerdy]Kitces

Crypt o’ crypto

Crypto just had its Lehman Moment. What’s next? – Institutional Investor

Naughty corner: Active antics

Larry Swedroe: Generating alpha sows seeds of own destruction – Evidence-based Investor

Managing risk when credit spreads rise – Verdad

Mental tension and the value of falling stock prices – John Huber

Rather randomly, Berkshire’s Ted Weschler talks to Berkshire’s furniture mart [Podcast]I Am Home

Kindle book bargains

The Dealmaker: Lesson’s From a Life in Private Equity by Guy Hands – £0.99 on Kindle

Think Like A Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol – £0.99 on Kindle

Stuffocation: Living More With Less by James Wallman – £0.99 on Kindle

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull – £0.99 on Kindle

Environmental factors

Sunak’s oil subsidy could have insulated two million homes, says think tank – Guardian

Why the Ukraine war may power Asia’s shift from fossil fuels – BBC

Aggregate ESG confusion [Search result]FT

Global heating is turning the white alps green – Guardian

The Hail Mary hatcheries – Hakai

The financial cost of carbon [Research, PDF]SSRN

Off our beat

Moneyball for the movie industry – Klement on Investing

Tim Harford: Even when you do succeed, sometimes it pays to try again [Search result]FT

The two choices that keep a midlife crisis at bay – The Atlantic

Pounds, ounces, pints! Johnson is offering a bushel worth of phoned-in gibberish – Marina Hyde

The Russian soldiers refusing to fight in Ukraine – BBC

What dinner will look like in the next 100 years – Bon Appétit

Increasing moderate activity could cut stroke risk by 40%, study finds – Guardian

And finally…

“The law of demand doesn’t always hold up. In a few cases increasing the price of something makes people want more of it.”
– Rupa Patel and Jack Meaning, Can’t We Just Print More Money?

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