04/07/16 – Thursday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • An excerpt from Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Lo’s “The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life.”* (wsj)
  • Why Are Voters Angry? It’s the 1099 Economy, Stupid. (newrepublic)
  • Tony Isola takes indexed annuities to the woodshed (A Teachable Moment)
  • Seeing things that aren’t there: Seeing animals in clouds, or a face in the moon, are examples of pareidolia. Look here for photos and to test your own ability to see things that aren’t there.&#xA0 (earthsky)
  • There goes N….Alphabet’s ($GOOGL) Nest subsidiary is struggling. (vox)
  • Apple ($AAPL) is 40 years old. What comes next? (qz)
  • Lessons learned from the Wright Brothers. (thewaiterspad)
  • Why aren’t we paying for stuff more often with our phones? (nytimes)
  • Things learned from Chamath Palihapitiya About investing and business. (25iq)
  • The Fed needs to sure that liftoff is for sure. (economistsview.typepad)
  • When a New Cell Phone Almost Ruins Your Relationship (features.wearemel)
  • A new Essential Listening is up with episodes on short selling, Elon Musk and RFD-TV. (blogs.cfainstitute)
  • Weekly initial unemployment claims continue to trend well below 300k. (calculatedriskblog)
  • The financial industry is facing it’s ‘Napster moment’ as ETFs take share from active mutual funds. (bloomberg)
  • Read Jamie Dimon’s annual letter to shareholders (Street Insider)
  • GE CEO Immelt: Shut up, Bernie. (Washington Post)
  • There is no shortage of new sector ETFs. (etf)
  • What Were They Thinking? The problem with studying the past.&#xA0 (fool)
  • The future is now: A fleet of trucks just drove themselves across Europe (Quartz)
  • Starboard Value’s run as activist at Darden Restaurants ($DRI) was textbook. (wsj)
  • JP Morgan ($JPM) is not getting smaller any time soon. (businessinsider)
  • ETFs have been slower to take off in Canada. (theglobeandmail)
  • Wall Street avoided the worst outcome for fiduciary rules. (wsj)
  • Investing is simple, but we tend to complicate it. (systematicrelativestrength)
  • A big data approach to public speaking. (gsb.stanford.edu)
  • The story of the new AFC Wimbledon. (medium)
  • A bunch of “five book” selections including “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande. (rpseawright.wordpress)
  •  Why the sun-drenched state of Texas isn’t No. 1 in solar energy (bizbeatblog.dallasnews)
  • Yahoo’s ($YHOO) road to sale keeps getting tougher. (recode)
  • Is the job of CEO of Disney ($DIS) too big for one person to fill? (ft)
  • Blame low gas prices: "Americans took about 150 million fewer bus rides last year, but boarded trains in slightly higher numbers than in 2014." (blogs.wsj)
  • Pfizer ($PFE) once again is at square one. (nytimes)
  • How would you invest differently if you couldn’t sell for ten years? (alephblog)
  • “The ability to effectively communicate with people outside the realm of finance is something of a lost art for most investment firms.” (A Wealth Of Common Sense)
  • Complex investing schemes often sound more impressive. (fmdcapital)
  • Conflict of Interest Rule Could Save Americans Billions in Retirement: Fiduciary standard will force brokers to do what’s best for clients instead of looking out for themselves (bloomberg)
  • One Thing California, Texas Have in Common Is Negative Power (bloomberg)
  • Harvard has very little to do with what the vast majority of college students experience. (fivethirtyeight)
  • Wall Street Dodged a Bullet on the Retirement Fiduciary Rule (fortune)
  • Dimon: My balance sheet so strong I could absorb all y’all losses (MoneyBeat)
  • What the health care industry will look like in ten years. (strategy-business)
  • SnapChat is following a classic model of incrementally adding functionality. (stratechery)
  • 10 crazy things people in Finance actually believe. (awealthofcommonsense)
  • CERN Is Seeking Secrets of the Universe, or Maybe Opening the Portals of Hell (wsj)
  • The downside of having an Amazon ($AMZN) Echo. (hunterwalk)

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