02/04/16 – Thursday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • Why diets don’t work and how we deal with hunger. (aeon.co)
  • Security theater and what it means for investing. (psyfitec)
  • The problem of peer review. (andrewgelman)
  • The economics of pawn shops. (priceonomics)
  • This is what regret looks like for the Pentagon (businessinsider)
  • Weekly initial unemployment claims are still trending at low levels. (calculatedriskblog)
  • Stop Saying Twitter Is Doomed. That’s a False Narrative. (slate)
  • 8 proven ways to “fake it till you make it.” (mentalfloss)
  • The Fed’s idea of “normal” is way off. (economistsview.typepad)
  • A hedge fund has laid out why it is closing — and it is enough to set alarm bells ringing everywhere (Business Insider)
  • Behind China’s woes, myth of competent autocrats (asia.nikkei)
  • Beware the Minuses of Negative Interest Rates (barrons)
  • What ‘Panic’ Meant to Investors 143 Years Ago (blogs.wsj)
  • This is cray – in calendar years in which the S&P 500 makes a 52-week low, you’re twice as likely to finish lower (Irrelevant Investor)
  • Conoco cuts its dividend. Begun, the Div Wars have. (Bloomberg)
  • The economics of buying vs. renting a house. (marginalrevolution)
  • The battle over residential solar power is heating up in Nevada. (bloomberg)
  • MC Meb Faber drops a scorching new white paper on portfolio construction in a low-yield environment (Meb Faber)
  • Why We’re Terrified of Typical: Most of the time, swans are white. (fool)
  • Tough Start for Markets Catches Hedge Funds Off Guard (Wall Street Journal)
  • A new Essential Listening is up with talks about hedge fund cloning, high-end real estate and the world of adhesives. (blogs.cfainstitute)
  • One nascent hedge fund is satellite cargo tracking to trade markets. (institutionalinvestor)
  • The Yield Curve Inverted! (kind of) (MoneyBeat)
  • Okay, write this down: Now we’re rooting for a weak dollar (Wall Street Journal)
  • Fed vs. the Dollar: Why Yellen Can’t Win (wsj)
  • A dozen things learned about money from Grouch Marx. (25iq)
  • Yahoo ($YHOO) isn’t a tech company it is a media company. (fortune)
  • 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy. (vulture)
  • A Calm Voice and a Steady Hand (driftingtofifty.blogspot)
  • Toxic Loans Around the World Weigh on Global Growth (New York Times)
  • Money managers that do not add value are losing assets in droves (Bloomberg)
  • For Alphabet, the Path to Becoming the Most Valuable Company in the World (New York Times)
  • The largest female-run hedge fund is doing great work for the Yale endowment. (bloomberg)
  • Bond mechanics confuse the average investor. (awealthofcommonsense)
  • Is impostor syndrome a sign of greatness? (qz)
  • There is NEVER a perfect time to invest in the stock market. (fmdcapital)
  • “Tell me about when you failed” (qz)
  • Here’s What Oil and Gas’s Ugly 2015 Did to Business Investment (blogs.wsj)
  • How birth certificates became a thing. (atlasobscura)
  • “Sell Hubris, Buy Humiliation” (TRB)
  • A new Graham and Doddsville newsletter is up with an interview with Shane Parrish of Farnam Street. (www8.gsb.columbia.edu)
  • Battlestar Galactica Has Great Parallels To The Modern Military (taskandpurpose)
  • What’s the right valuation comparison for Apple ($AAPL)? (investorplace)
  • What the f*** is going on with bank stocks around the world? (stockcharts.com)
  • Culture, mathematical models, and Neandertal extinction (johnhawks)
  • How investors can use AI to aid investment decision making. (technologyreview)
  • What “super bosses” do to empower employees. (washingtonpost)

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