03/04/16 – Friday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • Peter Kafka talks with Adrian Wojnarowski about The Vertical and the great fit between The NBA and online media. (recode)
  • If you think “Pizza Rat” is an isolated incident, think again. (gimletmedia)
  • Do You Really Need Rental Car Insurance? 8 Things to Know (nytimes)
  • Eric Jackson talks with Peter Kafka at Recode about the challenges of the bundle. (soundcloud)
  • Tires have been a better business than autos of late. (bloomberg)
  • A talk with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. (freakonomics)
  • Russ Roberts talks with Alison Wolf author of “The XX Factor.”* (econtalk)
  • How much does a passport from St. Kitts cost? (npr)
  • Wall Street’s steakhouses are empty. (bloomberg)
  • Junk bond inflows are soaring. (next.ft)
  • James Altucher talks with Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran about what makes for a great salesperson and entrpreneur. (jamesaltucher)
  • Equity market stress has declined. (capitalspectator)
  • Another strong employment report from February with a 4.9% unemployment rate. (calculatedriskblog)
  • Why have some Madoff victims not filed claims for restitution? (bloomberg)
  • Barry Ritholtz talks with Emanual Derman author of “My Life as a Quant.”* (ritholtz)
  • Quants (and computers) don’t eat steak. (thereformedbroker)
  • The highly profitable, deeply adorable, and emotionally fraught world of Instagram’s famous animals (qz)
  • Spectacular Advice: How a Warby Parker CEO gets things done. (slate)
  • Who Spends More: The Whole Foods or Walmart Shopper? (priceonomics)
  • The big impact a “free” podcast can have on people. (freakonomics)
  • Initial jobless claims continue to trend well below 300k. (bespokepremium)
  • You don’t need to catch every investment wave. (awealthofcommonsense)
  • How one financial advisor unearthed the Allen Stanford fraud. (bloomberg)
  • Mutual funds are pulling back on their startup investments. (wsj)
  • Five piece of conventional wisdom that are wrong. (blogs.cfainstitute)
  • Russ Roberts talks with Matthew Ridley author of “The Evolution of Everything” about viewing the world through the lens of “emergent order.” (econtalk)
  • The SPDR Gender Diversity Index ETF ($SHE) launches next week. (nytimes)
  • There are only three ways to make money in the market. (dynamichedge)
  • A new edition of Essential Listening is up with looks at becoming a quant, the power of evolution and the Chinese market. (blogs.cfainstitute)
  • But junk bonds are not all that cheap once you adjust for energy bonds. (blogs.barrons)
  • How to Stay Sane on a Business Trip (nytimes)
  • Who falls for financial scams? (latimes)
  • Michael Covel talks with Michael Ellsberg author of “The Last Safe Investment: Spending Now to Increase Your True Wealth Forever.”* (trendfollowing)
  • Market timers are still bearish. (marketwatch)
  • Fracking may have been a bubble but it changed the world. (slate)
  • Q&A with the chairman of the Financial Planning Association, discussing fees, financial advice, market volatility and the new Department of Labor fiduciary standard (chicagotribune)
  • The Google OnHub and Eero home wi-fi solution are easy upgrades. (next.ft)
  • The Problem With Trying to Quantify Risk (awealthofcommonsense)
  • Knowing what not to read is as important as what to read. (fool)
  • Startups are in decline but high potential startups are on the rise. (fivethirtyeight)
  • 7 steps for a better evening shutdown ritual. (bakadesuyo)
  • See the World Through Smithsonian’s Staggering Photo Competition (bloomberg)

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