01/06/16 – Wednesday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • Vanguard had $236 billion in inflows in 2015. (wsj)
  • The Conservative Case for Solar Subsidies (nytimes)
  • The Impact of the Fiduciary Standard on the Finance Industry (awealthofcommonsense)
  • Twitter ($TWTR) has ‘walled garden’ envy. (slate)
  • On the decline of the suburban office park. (theatlantic)
  • Yahoo ($YHOO) just keeps on attracting activist investors. (nytimes)
  • The year in volatility (and the $VIX). (vixandmore.blogspot)
  • ‘2&20’ can still lead to huge payouts to hedge funds in a down year. (next.ft)
  • Most Americans Agree With Obama That More Gun Buyers Should Get Background Checks (fivethirtyeight)
  • Biggest Economies Face $7 Trillion Debt Refinancing Tab in 2016 (bloomberg)
  • When You Should Worry About Failure, and When You Shouldn’t (hbr)
  • Franklin Templeton ($BEN) is getting into the smart beta ETF game. (blogs.barrons)
  • Why not let hedge funds do your stock picking for you? (mebfaber)
  • Are we already in the midst of a global bear market? (thereformedbroker)
  • Five reasons to start an RIA and four things to think about. (blogs.cfainstitute)
  • How robo-advisors can deal with market volatility. (investmentnews)
  • Bernanke: What did you do in the currency war, Daddy? (brookings.edu)
  • 2015 was a good year for dividends. (crossingwallstreet)
  • 2016 Will Be (Another) Test Of The Economic Recovery (fivethirtyeight)
  • US car sales hit a record high in 2015. (washingtonpost)
  • The psychological strain of being on call. (scientificamerican)
  • Why the Government Owns So Much Land in the West (nytimes)
  • Why global economic disaster is an unlikely event (ft)
  • Bullish on oil? There are better ways than to play the United States Oil Fund ($USO). (bloomberg)
  • Why hedge funds are underperforming. (pragcap)
  • Comparing the performance of Betterment and Wealthfront portfolios in 2015. (mebfaber)
  • The ADP employment report showed growth in December. (capitalspectator)
  • How best to characterize China’s economic slowdown? (marginalrevolution)
  • On the attraction of high quality stocks. (crossingwallstreet)
  • Ugh. Twitter ($TWTR) wants to increase the length of tweets to 10k characters. (bloomberg)
  • Past performance isn’t enough to select winning mutual funds. (news.morningstar)
  • Why Chipotle ($CMG) failed to take steps to combat food-borne illness (strategy-business)
  • A Big Victory for Utilities in the Net Metering Battle Over Rooftop Solar (technologyreview)
  • Creativity Is Not An Accident (scottberkun)
  • Significant Contribution: Apple Watches & Cars (asymco)
  • How these Chicago firms took on spoofing (chicagobusiness)
  • President Obama’s boldest action on guns yet, explained (vox)
  • Four lessons for advisors from “The Big Short.” (investmentnews)
  • Boutique investment banks, like Centerview Partners, are gaining share. (nytimes)
  • The December ISM non-manufacturing survey declined. (calculatedriskblog)
  • How well are you gauging the benefit from your spending? (nytimes)
  • Investors need to understand that high yield bonds are a different beast. (institutionalinvestor)

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