Greatest Hits: Volume 25 (Santa’s Favourites)

Greatest Hits

First of all, Merry Christmas!

I have to admit, I punted around the idea of skipping this edition of Greatest Hits, what with the biggest holiday of the year and everything.

But it just didn’t feel right.

First of all, it’s our twenty-fifth, anniversary edition.  If there’s one thing I learned as a married man, it’s that you do not forget anniversaries.  Not if you know what’s good for ya.

After launching this bi-weekly roundup just over a year ago, it quickly became really popular with readers – and a great way to distract the audience from my own writing share interesting articles I’ve come across.

But a far more important reason I wanted to keep the streak going is that this Christmas, many folks will yet again find themselves self-isolating due to Covid.

If you are in that camp, I wish you a speedy recovery – and hope the links below provide an extra dose of entertainment over the next few days.

For everyone else, it’s a nice and easy distraction from that annoying relative who still thinks Covid is a conspiracy, a good alternative to whatever it is they call TV these days, or simply something to scroll through while you are roasting that Christmas turkey.

Next week we’ll be doing our big recap of 2021.

But in the meantime, I hope you have a nice and relaxing holiday – and wish a very Merry Christmas to you and your families.

Right – I’m off to open some presents!

From Yours Truly

Is Index Investing Still Relevant in 2022?

Hunters, Farmers, and Financial Independence

When Your “Number” Becomes Irrelevant

Building Wealth

House Money – Jack Raines (highly recommended)

What Happened To 2021’s Biggest Thrill Rides For Investors? – Monevator

The Age Of Financial Misinformation – Dollars and Data

Are 5 Stocks Really Carrying The Entire Stock Market? – Ben Carlson

Early Retirement

Retirement Is Nothing Like I Thought It Would Be – The Retirement Manifesto

Lifestyle Design

What You Are Really Worried About When You Are Worried About Money – The Atlantic

You Are Not Rich (If You Are Constantly Doing This) – Rad Reads

What It’s Really Like To Win The Lottery – Metro

Why Rich People Avoid Consumerism – Darius Foroux

Banker Bonus Mini-Special

Not everyone is going to be totally relaxed at Christmas dinner this year.

For many bankers, December was a hectic month of jockeying to elevate themselves up the pecking order when it comes to banking bonuses.

Most US banks pay out in January and European banks follow suit in February and March.  Expect a lot of drama, disappointment, and hidden delights, because:

Goldman, JP Morgan Plan Bumper Payout For Investment Bankers – Reuters

and

This Is What A Real Bonus Looks Like At JP Morgan – Daniel Davies

but also

Wall Street Ends Crazy Year With Big Bonuses – And Existential Angst – Bloomberg

Finally, if you care for my perspective, here’s how I felt about bonuses before I became a banker – and here’s what I know about them now.

All Around

Elon Musk: Interview With The FTs Person Of The Year – Financial Times

Recommended Books

If there’s one thing I’ll be doing lots of over the next few days, it’s reading.

Below are my top 5 picks when it comes to easy, entertaining, yet informative books on money, investing, and life.

In other words, perfect for your Christmas reading list.

#1:  The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness – Morgan Housel

#2:  The Almanack of Naval Ravikant:  A Guide To Wealth and Happiness – Eric Jorgenson

#3:  Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results – James Clear

#4:  The Simple Path To Wealth:  Your Roadmap To Financial Independence, and a Rich, Free Life – JL Collins

#5:  Bad Blood:  Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup – John Carreyrou

Merry Xmas all!

 

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