MoneyBird’s Weekly Roundup: Volume 1

MoneyBird’s Weekly Roundup: Volume 1

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Every week, I try to learn something new so that my knowledge can compound, just like my investments. I read a book, listen to a group of podcasts, read a few newspapers and magazines, and find interesting blog articles.

Here are some of my favorite podcasts, pieces of journalism, and blog articles for the week. They revolve around the themes of this blog.

For 2017, I read a book every week. For 2018, I’m trying to do the same.

If you’ve written an awesome piece of content, send it my way through the contact form. Quant-y, psychology, or personal story pieces about money, entrepreneurship, or self-improvement are our favorites over here :).

Book I (re)read this week:

Smarter, Faster, Better By Duhigg – It’s a real page turner on productivity and accomplishing more with less time. The book was an easy read — it feels like one long fascinating New York Times article. My favorite part was the SMART goal portion — check it out.


Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet – Freakonomics brings up how we could solve the planet’s issues with its ever entertaining host.

The OG Yield Curve Whisperer – I’m sure you’ve read many articles and blog posts about how the inverted yield curve predicts a recession. Now hear from the 1st guy who proposed this theory. Meet Campbell Harvey, the man who first came up with the theory in the 80s.

Blog Posts

Making Your First Money As A Kid: What Was Your First Job? Peter of Bible Money Matters shares with us his jobs as a kid and some other bloggers who do the same. Even as a kid he understood that working harder always meant you could better yourself.

How I Pay $400 Rent A Month In Seattle – An amusing tale of how Jack manages to find what I think is the cheapest amount for rent that I’ve ever heard of in Seattle. We’ll see how it goes!

Imperfect Zero Waste: Guest Post By Frugasaurus – If everyone did a little to help out the planet, we could make the world a much better place. Check out how someone tries to accomplish a zero waste lifestyle.

How To Host A Blog For Free On AWS For A Year: Firebear had mentioned how to do this earlier, but I never bothered to Google how. Good thing Hiro put together a page on how to do it! Note: If you’re not tech-oriented, please note AWS does not offer customer service (the bottom tier is free, what do you expect?). If you’re tech-oriented, consider it. If not, perhaps pay for hosting with a host provider.


The Student Debt Problem Is Worse Than We Imagined – A short look at the numbers for student loans. Did you know the government started tracking student loan defaults? Of the students who began repayment in 2012, 10 percent were in default just three years later.

The most alarming thing is how the article describes it. I quote: “Of borrowers who started repaying in 2012, just over 10 percent had defaulted three years later. That’s not too bad”.

Since when is this not too bad?! That’s nuts! 10 percent?! If you were running a bank with the interest rates the government had given, your company would be in real trouble.

People who have student loan debt, get on fixing that right now.

America Has Fallen Out Of Love With The Sedan – The WSJ reports on some car statistics given how oil has been recently. SUVs have been coming into power the past few years — Will electric be in vogue when the tide finally turns? How much does Tesla go up when oil does change in price?

If you have a SUV, consider the gas costs in a few years when gas potentially goes through the roof.

Who Killed Toys ‘R’ Us? Hint: It Wasn’t Only Amazon – An enthralling post-mortum on the fate of Toy’s R Us. Much like millennials are blamed for everything these days, Amazon is blamed for the demise of most retailers. So, what were the real other forces in Toy’s R Us’s demise?

Author: Olivia

Olivia worked in finance and wants you to learn the secrets of financial independence. She believes there are so many ways to monetize your life and make money doing the things you're already doing because so many companies offer free money.

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One thought on “MoneyBird’s Weekly Roundup: Volume 1

  1. I’ll check out ‘Smarter, Faster, Better’, sounds like an interesting book about productivity. I like Duhigg’s ‘The Power of Habit’ so I think this one shouldn’t disappoint.

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