Here's this week's collection of worthwhile reads on investing, personal finance, stewardship — and even medical statistics. We hope you find these articles to be helpful.
- ETFs, born from 1987 market crash, are so far making 2020 less awful (MarketWatch). The coronavirus crash serves as a reminder of what ETFs were originally intended for.
- US bond returns vary dramatically so far in 2020 (The Capital Spectator). Depending on the slice of the bond market, year-to-date results vary from strong gains to deep losses.
- It’s official: IRS delays tax filing deadline to July 15, Mnuchin says (Forbes). At first, only the payment deadline was extended. Now the filing deadline has been extended too.
- Coronavirus crisis: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD to suspend foreclosures through April (USA Today). In addition, several cities have passed moratoriums on evictions from rental housing. (Also: Secretary DeVos suspends federal student loan payments, waives interest during national emergency.)
- Global Covid-19 case fatality rates (The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford). This non-financial article contains encouraging news: Mortality rates for the coronavirus now appear to be much lower than first thought.
And from the bloggers and pundits...
- Wise words on surviving bear markets (Jon Petersen, Novel Investor). Quotes worth re-quoting from investing gurus Peter Lynch, John Bogle, Charles Ellis, Benjamin Graham, and more.
- When is the right time to buy stocks? (Michael Batnick, The Irrelevant Investor). Those who invested during our nation's darkest days ultimately were rewarded.
- Returns from the bottom of bear markets (Ben Carlson, A Wealth of Common Sense). The bigger the losses the higher the expected future returns.
- Generosity in a time of hoarding (Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition). By giving, while others are hoarding, we demonstrate that we trust in God as our great provider.
- Love thy neighbor now (Barbara Twardowski, Next Avenue). Ten thoughtful ways to help others.
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