05/21/15 – Thursday Interest-ing Reads

  • The Early Days of Dave: 7 Must-See Vintage Letterman Clips (blogs.wsj)
  • Buybacks still at record levels, but investors are starting to yawn (MarketWatch)
  • The case for taking advantage of a 401(k) is obvious to the point of people needing to be insane not to get it (MarketWatch)
  • A profile of the rise and (relative) fall of yogurt maker Chobani. (wsj)
  • How a 19th century shipwreck could give Canada control of the Arctic. (bloomberg)
  • This American VC Thinks He’s Getting Out of China Just in Time (Bloomberg)
  • A dozen things learned about investing from Jean Marie Eveillard. (25iq)
  • 13 stocks that appear on Goldman Sachs ($GS) list of “stocks that matter most to hedge funds.” (blogs.wsj)
  • Diversify widely. Avoid the smart beta hype. (blogs.cfainstitute)
  • How Comcast ($CMCSK) lost its regulatory edge. (fortune)
  • The San Fran Fed president is drunk on the local Kool-Aid. So now you know (Yahoo Finance)
  • Google brings Twitter back into its search results – this could help both companies out a lot (Royal Pingdom)
  • Are there investment consultants that add value? (researchpuzzle)
  • Hooking up your sprinkler to the web. (wired)
  • Rents Are Soaring Faster Than Home Values for the First Time Since 2012 (bloomberg)
  • Lumber Liquidators ($LL) plunges on the resignation of the company’s CEO. (nytimes)
  • An economist read’s Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”* (theatlantic)
  • Will ‘exchange traded managed funds’ be the salvation of active fund managers? (ft)
  • The big pension funds are so oversidiversified they don’t understand all the risks they are taking. (institutionalinvestor)
  • The Apple ($AAPL) Watch operates in two modes. (daringfireball)
  • Is Warren Buffett a hypocrite? A rebuttal. (brooklyninvestor.blogspot)
  • Lab test errors happen. Good luck finding out. (m.jsonline)
  • Where are the Cheap High Quality Value Stocks? (blog.alphaarchitect)
  • Howard Marks: Why I’m putting money to work in Europe (Bloomberg)
  • There’s no such thing as a normal economy. (arnoldkling)
  • You can’t out-ESPN ESPN. (medium)
  • Why yesterday’s housing data was so important. (bonddad.blogspot)
  • Guilty Pleas and Heavy Fines Seem to Be Cost of Business for Wall St. (nytimes)
  • Honda is jumping into the small jet market. (wsj)
  • “Most Obamacare enrollees are pretty happy with their coverage, a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.” (Vox)
  • Goldman Sachs ($GS) keeps building out its technology cred. (qz)
  • The return of Colonel Sanders, now played by SNL’s Darrell Hammond (PBS Newshour)
  • Why On Earth Is Chris Christie Still Pretending To Run For President? (talkingpointsmemo)
  • Why Liquidity-Starved Markets Fear the Worst Bankers, investors and hedge-fund managers are rattled by the lack of liquidity in the markets (wsj)
  • Market Is Becalmed, With No Reason to Rally or Sell (nytimes)
  • ETF model puts active managers to the test: NextShares offers a way to trade an active fund on an exchange (ft)
  • The top stocks held by four generations of Americans (Benzinga)
  • Running down the banks big forex fixing fines. (bloombergview)
  • Chromebook sales are killing it this year. (fortune)
  • Seven Years Later, Wall Street Hasn’t Learned Anything: Ethical breaches abound (theatlantic)
  • Inside the strange world of hostage survival school. (slate)
  • Your investing needs will not stand still. (alphabaskets)
  • Why do economists think they can calculate ‘equilibrium’ interest rates? (gmo)
  • Is Spotify’s new video feature a bigger threat to Apple or Netflix (or no one)? (Benzinga)
  • Weekly initial unemployment claims are at levels not seen since 2000. (calculatedriskblog)
  • Congrats Wall Street banks – you’re now officially felons (DealBook)
  • Letterman: 10 Most-Watched ‘Late Show’ Episodes (blogs.wsj)
  • 67 short pieces of advice you didn’t ask for (raptitude)
  • The story of a retired general who became a penny stock promoter. (bloomberg)
  • Don’t Blame Seasonal Quirks for Economy’s Winter Blues, Fed Paper Says (blogs.wsj)
  • The Mystery of Declining Productivity Growth (wsj)

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