05/20/16 – Friday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • The hidden dangers of being risk averse. (hbr)
  • Seven career paths in behavioral finance. (nocturnecapital)
  • The two big low-vol ETFs go about their business very differently. (bloomberg)
  • Deere: Farm income depression continues (Bloomberg)
  • Should lending platforms, their employees, and their board members be permitted to lend on their platforms directly or through hedge funds? (finalternatives)
  • Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway talk about how peer-to-peer lending became marketplace lending and went bad in the process. (bloomberg)
  • Some notes from the 2016 SALT conference. (marketfolly)
  • Even self-directed investors are seeking more guidance these days (ValueWalk)
  • Five big tech companies hold some $500 billion in cash on the balance sheet. (next.ft)
  • Hedge funds are looking closely at AI to help keep an edge in the markets. (ft)
  • Do yoga pants count as business casual? (bloomberg)
  • Back to the future: the BOX Options Exchange is opening a new open-outcry pit. (bloomberg)
  • Ben on why FinTech does not replace the need for human finance pros (A Wealth Of Common Sense)
  • Three lessons from the rise (and fall) of hedge funds. (news.morningstar)
  • The Fed minutes are noise. (alephblog)
  • Why the US Treasury should issue 50-year bonds. (bloomberg)
  • Having a good track record is only part of the issue. Michael Martin talks with Peter Borish of Quad Capital about the importance of “everything else.” (martinkronicle)
  • How Islamic-compliant banking became a reality in the US. (npr)
  • PRX is getting into the for-profit podcasting game. (poynter)
  • Why investors get murdered in IPOs (Evidence-Based Investor)
  • How Warren Buffett schedules meetings. (m.signalvnoise)
  • How to be Tim Ferriss the “human guinea pig.” (freakonomics)
  • How failing to stop a migrant crisis led to the fall of the Roman Empire (Quartz)
  • You probably haven’ heard of the Public Finance Authority a big bond issuer. (bloomberg)
  • How “Billions” accurately captures what happens on Wall Street. (medium)
  • The “Soros Put” story appears in the media every year (Price Action Lab)
  • David Booth’s new lifetime achievement award is well-deserved (Institutional Investor)
  • Revisiting the size premium from a different perspective (ETF.com)
  • Apple ($AAPL) is going to be a different company in the future. (aboveavalon)
  • Jordan Harbinger talks with Dr. Melanie Watkins on minimizing the myth of mental illness. (theartofcharm)
  • Sonal and Michael talk with Ezra Klein of Vox about a range of topics including media entrepreneurship. (a16z)
  • What companies have the most stable earnings growth? (crossingwallstreet)
  • The “rebalancing bonus” doesn’t always show up (The FP Engineer)
  • Barry Ritholtz talks with Robert Frank author of “Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy” about income inequality. (ritholtz)
  • Six lessons learned from working three months in a big investment office. (institutionalinvestor)
  • Yahoo ($YHOO) is disappointed what bidders are willing to pay for its core business. (wsj)
  • Shane Parrish talks with Ryan Holiday author of “Ego is the Enemy.” (farnamstreetblog)
  • Oil continues to rip higher as output falls (Bloomberg)
  • The SEC is taking a closer look at the entire ‘life cycle’ of ETFs. (marketwatch)
  • Insults are a universal phenomenon. What makes for a good one? (gimletmedia)
  • Outstanding credit card balances hit $1 trillion, a post-crisis high (Wall Street Journal)

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