02/17/16 – Wednesday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • Zenefits and Regulation (stratechery)
  • Charles Sizemore, “Gold is less of an investment and more of an emotional ideology.” (charlessizemore)
  • Vanguard is only going to get bigger in the financial advice space (investmentnews)
  • Amazon ($AMZN) and Netflix ($NFLX) both re-invest significantly in their businesses. (aswathdamodaran.blogspot)
  • The case for building a custom benchmark. (news.morningstar)
  • 5 Ways Scalia’s Death Complicates The 2016 Election (npr)
  • Does your dog love you? (blogs.scientificamerican)
  • The difference between what Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos are looking for in a business (ValueWalk)
  • We spend too much effort to save small amounts on low-dollar value items. (nytimes)
  • The stock market IS NOT the economy. (strategy-business)
  • Should you fire your advisor because they underperformed the market? (blog.petetheplanner)
  • In Battle of Havens, Treasuries Outshine Gold for ETF Investors (bloomberg)
  • First time home buyers are losing out to cash-rich buyers. (wsj)
  • Industrial production jumped in January. (calculatedriskblog)
  • Crazy Nut Donald Trump Thinks George W. Bush Was President on 9/11 (nymag)
  • Where are you in the techno-optimism spectrum? (ultimibarbarorum)
  • Oil is so cheap that pirates are taking a pass. (bloomberg)
  • The rebound we’ve seen over the last few days looks like classic bear market action (Price Action Lab)
  • Work zone: Directory of mixed-used projects (sportsbusinessdaily)
  • Wolf:Banks are still the weak links in the economic chain (ft)
  • Does your tax preparer know what they are doing? (bloomberg)
  • Before Scalia’s Death, a Clash Between G.O.P. and Obama Over Appellate Judges (nytimes)
  • What it’s like to be a financial advisor to musicians and athletes. (investmentnews)
  • The Never-Ending Story: Europe’s Banks Face a Frightening Future (bloomberg)
  • Everybody hates airline wifi. Why does GoGo ($GOGO) still dominate? (chicagobusiness)
  • Basic portfolio construction: there are really only two asset classes to worry about. (thepfengineer)
  • Wes Gray: What drives low interest rates, fear or the Fed? (Enterprising Investor)
  • The Big Long: Somebody made a killing on all those CDOs and asset-backed loans at the bottom of the market (Bloomberg)
  • How long will you wait for smart beta to work? (canadiancouchpotato)
  • New Stadium? Teams Now Want the Whole Neighborhood (bloombergview)
  • Are We Doomed to Slow Growth? (New York Times Magazine)
  • Some bottom picking in the MLP space. (charlessizemore)
  • Why top-performing funds mean revert. (blog.abglobal)
  • Noah Smith: The Next Big Idea in Economic Growth (Bloomberg View)
  • “almost a third of investors surveyed think that another full-blown financial crisis is due in the next three years” (MoneyBeat)
  • Ross Heart, “Maybe financial literacy is as simple as navigating the best as one can.” (seeitmarket)
  • Harold Pollack, co-author of “The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Need to be Complicated” examines when you should pay for financial advice.* (vox)
  • Why saving for retirement is difficult for many. (blog.abglobal)
  • The infatuation with high-cost, low-performing investment managers is irrepressable. It’s bordering on mental illness. (ETF.com)
  • Ten high conviction picks from the ultimate stock pickers. (news.morningstar)
  • Why Apple is not cooperating with the anti-terror authorities (The Atlantic)
  • Apple ($AAPL) is borrowing money to pay dividends and buy back stock. (nytimes)
  • Life insurance made easy. (nytimes)
  • …but just for fun, the new 13Fs are out – here’s what your favorite hedge fund is buying or selling (ValueWalk)
  • Bill Simmons will soon be back online at TheRinger.com. (money.cnn)
  • Times are changing for US Treasury market (Financial Times)
  • Steve Randy Waldman comes out in support of Bernie. Here’s why: (Interfluidity)
  • Eight core ideas to guide retirement income planning. (advisorperspectives)
  • A lawsuit demonstrates how the personal finance “industry” can be very profitable. (slate)
  • ‘Costcoholics’: Costco’s $113.7 Billion Addicts (forbes)
  • Renting is the new owning. (mobile.nytimes)
  • Robo-advisors will not cure us of our behavioral biases. (psyfitec)

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