What caught my eye this week.
Hard to make this sound anything like a (not paid for) plug, but I’m sure our many readers who’ve been waiting for it will all want to know that Vanguard is finally ready to take your money into its Personal Pension (SIPP).
I covered the main features of Vanguard’s SIPP back in December, so won’t repeat that again. Instead here’s a couple of other articles that have run to mark the launch.
Jeremy Fawcett, head of Platforum, said the Vanguard Personal Pension’s competitiveness compared with Sipps offered by 14 other leading platforms across a range of investment scenarios, makes it ‘one of the lowest-cost options on the market, especially for those at the beginning of their journey’.
The research consultancy found that a typical investor would pay £172 per year to invest a £40,000 annual Sipp contribution, compared to an average of £238 on competitor platforms, with the most expensive charging £396.
And from the Financial Times [Search result]:
The Vanguard SIPP is initially only available to savers who are still building their pensions, or in accumulation, but is expected to open to retirees drawing on their pensions from the start of the 2020/21 tax year. This is a significant market.
There were 984,583 pension drawdown policies in existence at the end of March 2019, according to the results of a Freedom of Information request submitted by Hargreaves Lansdown to the Financial Conduct Authority.
It’s worth noting the Vanguard SIPP option may not be the cheapest in every case. Depending on how you want to construct your pension, it could not even have all the building blocks you need either, as it’s limited to Vanguard’s own funds.
Still, I think it’s probably going to Vanguard-ize the UK personal pensions industry in pretty short order. We can discuss what ‘Vanguard-ize’ means in the comments!
Have a great weekend.
Oops. One of those weeks. For starters The Accumulator was doing sums for his next SWR article. For my part, I had all sorts on. We must try harder!
From the archive-ator: Do great investors live longer? – Monevator
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Growing numbers of British firms say coronavirus outbreak is hitting their supply chains – ThisIsMoney
The huge AirBnB scam that’s taking over London – WIRED
Secretive UK tax unit homes in on rich families [On Family Investment Companies; search result] – FT
Housing market looks set for spring surge, as January sees highest level of property sales for two years – ThisIsMoney
UK’s cash economy ‘close to collapse’ – Guardian
The dangerous democratization of alternative assets – Institutional Investor
Products and services
How to ‘do the splits’ on your mortgage [Search result] – FT
New polymer £20 featuring painter Turner enters circulation – BBC
Premium Bond prize rate to be cut to 1.3%… – MoneySavingExpert
…while Nationwide launches a lottery-style savings account – ThisIsMoney
You can still claim your free share from Freetrade [and I get one, too] – Freetrade
How to invest in rare books – ThisIsMoney
Price of first class stamps to rise 6p to 76p – BBC
RateSetter will give you £20 [and me a cash bonus] within 30 days of you putting in your first £10 – RateSetter
Shared ownership homes for sale [Gallery] – Guardian
Comment and opinion
Avoid the zeroes – Of Dollars and Data
Garbage time – Humble Dollar
Picking bad stocks – XKCD
Merryn Somerset-Webb: Pensions tax relief is on a slippery slope [Search result] – FT
Event horizon: The safe withdrawal rate, annuities, and the brutal reality of low interest rates – Finimus
The value of advice: Improving portfolio diversification [Research paper, PDF] – Vanguard
When does investing become speculation? – Morningstar
One portfolio risk to rule them all – Movement Capital
Bobby Seagull: The puzzle of managing money [Search result] – FT
Resigned to my fate – The FIREStarter
The biggest truth in personal finance – Get Rich Slowly
Your cheating’ wallet: On financial infidelity – New York Times
This one change can improve your retirement wealth by 50% [US wrappers, but relevant] – MarketWatch
Dow 100,000 – Klement on Investing
Day-trading déjà vu
Small investors on epic buying spree fueled by free trades; drove up price of Apple and Tesla – Bloomberg
More Reddit: bull attack [Search result; Stock pumping retail day traders are back, this time using options] – FT
Naughty corner: Active antics
Hunting for sustainable dividend growth [PDF] – UK Value Investor
Larry Swedroe: Value investors should follow their heads, not their stomachs – Evidence-based Investor
Avalanche accidents and investment risk – Behavioural Investment
Manchester and London Trust: Long the future – IT Investor
Venture capital: Worth venturing into? – Factor Research
Politics and Brexit
Why is the UK arguing about a Brexit matter that is already agreed? [Search result] – FT
UK to close doors to non-English speakers and unskilled workers – Guardian
The end of free movement: This is a nation dismantling itself over nonsense – Politics.co.uk
Kindle book bargains
Lab Rats: Why Modern Work Makes Us Miserable by Dan Lyons – £2.99 on Kindle
Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital—and How to Get It by Scott Kupor – £1.99 on Kindle
Hit Refresh: A Memoir by Microsoft’s CEO by Satya Nadella – £1.99 on Kindle
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker – £0.99 on Kindle
Off our beat
What’s in your jar of awesome? – RAD Reads
JP Morgan economists warn climate crisis is a threat to human race – Guardian
100 little [big] ideas – Morgan Housel
How NOT to run a business – Charles Sizemore
Can a shorter workweek make people happier? [Graphic] – Visual Capitalist
SpaceX has plans to fly tourists twice as high as the International Space Station – New Scientist
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