The best of what we read, watched and listened to this week

The best of what we read, watched and listened to this week

Image by Miranda Bleijenberg from Pixabay 

By now we should all be aware of the general health benefits of exercise, even if we don’t necessarily take as much of it as we should.  Yet it appears that regular exercise can also help protect us against dying from coronavirus (as long as nobody coughs on you at the gym, of course).  Regular exercise may cut COVID-19 death risk by a third  [3 min read]

Inflation rose slightly in the UK last month although it is still at a historically low level.  Economists are divided on whether the rise will continue but if it does, which asset classes offer the most effective hedge against it? Spoiler alert – it’s not gold.  Or Bitcoin…  Investing For Inflation  [7 min read]

We were among the first UK adopters of its funds and here David Booth, one of the founders of Dimensional Fund Advisors in 1981, sets out some of the timeless lessons about investing that he has learned over the course of his career.  Five Timeless Investment Lessons I’ve Learned  [7 min read]

Was the UK’s awarding of ‘nul points’ to ultimate winners Abba at Eurovision in 1974 an example of tactical voting?  Abba: Why the UK gave the Swedish band ‘nul points’ at Eurovision  [6 min read]
 
As a student some years ago I recall reading about an episode where well-meaning scientists attempted to improve the ecosystem of an island by introducing a predator to control one species.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before they found that the introduced species had much less appetite for eating the problem species than it had for the eggs of its only natural predator.  It is encouraging to report that lessons have clearly been learned since then and applied to a tiny Caribbean island which has become a model for how nature can recover if given half a chance.  Redonda: The Caribbean island transformed into an eco haven  [4 min read]

Happy St George’s Day (even though St George never even visited England).

We hope you have a good weekend.

Charles and Rob