03/24/15 – Tuesday Interest-ing Reads

  • Complexity and costs: two portfolio killers. (ft)
  • Three things startup CEOs need to focus on. (qz)
  • The case for railcar manufacturer Trinity Industries ($TRN). (deadcompanieswalking.tumblr)
  • Whatever you call it, this investor wants to be the first money in. (thisisgoingtobebig)
  • China Wants to Buy Europe (bloombergview)
  • Why we’re all overconfident (pri)
  • An open letter to YC founders on the eve of Demo Day. (startupljackson)
  • Some exercises on how to avoid ‘text neck.’ (ft)
  • Chemical activity points towards continued economic growth. (valueplays)
  • Why mutual funds love to buy shares in pre-IPO companies. (thereformedbroker)
  • Speaking of high costs, the downside of managed futures mutual funds. (news.morningstar)
  • Private companies actually want and/or need capital. Why shouldn’t managers invest there? (bloombergview)
  • Can publishers like the New York Times survive a Facebook content partnership? (New York Times)
  • Why Starbucks ($SBUX) is so active in social issues. (bloombergview)
  • New bank formation has pretty much ground to a halt. (cbsnews)
  • The danger in high dividend stocks. (alphaarchitect)
  • “A lot of so-called financial experts are a disguised form of fraudster. They’re second cousins to the spiritualists who tell grieving parents they can talk to their dead children.” (Psy-Fi Blog)
  • Fundbox is looking to become an small business invoice lender. (wired)
  • Chicago’s futures pits used to be a track for upward mobility. (nytimes)
  • A survey of where the Fed Funds rate will be in three years. (economicmusings)
  • How the biotech boom compares the dotcom boom? (theirrelevantinvestor.tumblr)
  • Why company founders need to think about “worst case scenarios” before they get too far down the road. (latimes)
  • Old age doesn’t kill bull markets. (blog.yardeni)
  • The credit clock tolls for (some of) thee (ftalphaville.ft)
  • The world’s fifth-largest food supplier is almost out of water (businessinsider)
  • The War Over Who Steve Jobs Was (medium)
  • Futures trading — as distinguished from options trading, its more cerebral relative — was a way for those with a blue-collar background to enter the white-collar world. (DealBook)
  • A Scary Movie: Filling Your 401(k) With Company Stock (nytimes)
  • The Benzinga FinTech Awards is this spring’s MUST attend event . New York City in two weeks. (Benzinga)
  • Pinterest will no longer force departing employees to exercise their options. (fortune)
  • Check out our automated investing service, Liftoff today! (Liftoff)
  • 50 Million Users: The Making of an ‘Angry Birds’ Internet Meme (blogs.wsj)
  • What happens when Vanguard owns (almost) everything? (news.morningstar)
  • Why it is a good thing Wall Streeters are going into tech. (nytimes)
  • Are there any easy ways to buy small, high quality companies? (marketwatch)
  • How the term ‘unicorns’ came to be used for mega-startups. (wsj)
  • A look at the Markel ($MKL) 2014 annual report. (brooklyninvestor.blogspot)
  • It’s Time for Baseball to Forgive Pete Rose (wsj)
  • Can any company really act like a startup? (vox)
  • Apple Opens Up to Praise New Book on Steve Jobs, and Criticize an Old One (nytimes)
  • How Facebook ($FB) could kill the news brand. (fusion)
  • Hulbert: You won’t know the bull market is over until the bear is here (MarketWatch)
  • Hedge Funds Are Boosting Tech Valuations to Dangerous Heights (bloomberg)
  • Apple ($AAPL) TV is a sleeping giant. (wired)
  • European PMIs show an economy picking up speed (Wall Street Journal)
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: France, Germany and Italy said to join (theguardian)
  • A reading list for entrepreneurs including “Zero To One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.” (medium)
  • George Soros: but Greece is f*cked. (Bloomberg)

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