07/26/17 – Wednesday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • Facebook ($FB) is not the friend of publishers. (qz)
  • How Venice Beach went upscale. (theatlantic)
  • Bankers Ditch Fat Salaries to Chase Digital Currency Riches (bloomberg)
  • Financial conditions are easing while the Fed is raising rates. (bloomberg)
  • Twitter ($TWTR) stock is up 40% off its lows. (venturebeat)
  • There aren’t enough good financial planning students to serve as interns. (wealthmanagement)
  • Venezuela: How a Rich Country Collapsed (cnn)
  • A Different Kind Of Liquidity (wordpress)
  • The Central Contradiction of the Democrats’ Better Deal (newrepublic)
  • If You Can Buy Only One Stock or ETF, Make It This One (marketwatch)
  • Decline and Fall of Increasingly Unrecognizable ‘The Economist’ (nationalreview)
  • JD Gardner, "If your advisor’s value proposition is the ability to find the best performing funds…stop wasting your time." (thebackcourtreport)
  • Relative Weirdness In Washington Hides Business Progress (bloomberg)
  • How to Survive Coming Stock Market Storm (scmp)
  • To Punish Putin, Economic Sanctions Are Unlikely to Do Trick (nytimes)
  • ‘Dunkirk’: A Bigger Reminder That Ideas Really Matter (anindependentmind)
  • Robots or not, Amazon ($AMZN) needs to fill positions in its warehouses. (wsj)
  • Four bad reasons to buy a home. (peterlazaroff)
  • Moderate Growth for the 2nd Quarter (realclear)
  • Apple ($AAPL) Earpods were inspired by Star Wars’ Stormtroopers. (theverge)
  • Stocks Ignore D.C. Uncertainty, but Maybe Not Dollar (marketwatch)
  • Love these stories of WSOP backers making big bucks on their "investments." (businessinsider)
  • We learn money lessons early in life. (humbledollar)
  • Don’t buy a big house because everyone else does. (basonasset)
  • If Congress Wants to Sunset IRS, It Must Achieve Tax Reform First (investors)
  • Predicting Recessions & Asset Allocation (capitalspectator)
  • On the benefits of a revocable living trust. (financialsamurai)
  • The downside of owning rental property. (financialsamurai)
  • More and more brokers continue to go independent. (wsj)
  • Vanguard is launching two new active funds. (citywireusa)
  • Please don’t send your kids to ‘finance camp’ this summer. (qz)
  • Michael Batnick, "If you’re an advisor and you’re afraid that automated solutions are going to replace you, you’re probably right to be worried." (theirrelevantinvestor)
  • How is momentum performing in 2017? It depends… (blog.alphaarchitect)
  • This is what defunding Planned Parenthood looks like (news.vice)
  • Whatever Happened to Inflation and the Fed’s 2% Target? (marketwatch)
  • How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology (theatlantic)
  • The do’s and don’ts of beneficiary designations. (beta.morningstar)
  • Financial planning is not either or: man or machine, its both. (kitces)
  • Chemical activity increased slightly in July. (calculatedriskblog)
  • The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills (nytimes)
  • RIP, Adobe ($ADBE) Flash, 2020. (wired)
  • There is nothing black or white about investing. (collaborativefund)
  • There’s a promising new HIV vaccine candidate in the pipeline (vox)
  • Confidence in Economy Remains Slightly Positive in U.S. (gallup)
  • Amazon Tumbling Almost 40%? Not as Crazy as It Sounds (yahoo)
  • The Fed’s About to Make a Big Policy Change. Here’s How It Works (cnbc)
  • The global market portfolio is not a ‘fixed mix.’ (fiduciary-matters.russellinvestments)
  • Watch college kids for the future of renting. (bloomberg)
  • 63,000 Public Employees at $100k Are the Problem In IL (forbes)
  • Examining ’17 Surge in Emerging Market Equities (fortunefinancialadvisors)
  • Democrats Don’t Just Want to Break Up the Banks (wapo)
  • After major life events you need to update your estate plan. (wsj)
  • Yes, Steph Curry Is Worth $201M (fee)
  • Warts and All, ACA Could Win Popularity Contest that Matters (realclearmarkets)
  • I’ve Spent 500 Days in Prison & Never Committed a Crime (inc)
  • Regulators are watching cryptocurrencies more closely. (avc)
  • Timber and farmland are out of favor with institutional investors. (theatlantic)
  • Great Companies that Have Lost Control of Their Narrative (247wallst)
  • America’s best new tenants are cell towers and data centers. (wsj)
  • When you’re in your 20s you should ‘starve and stack.’ (businessinsider)
  • Britons need to save 18% of their salaries to be able to retire. (ft)
  • Why is everyone hating on new ideas? (thereformedbroker)
  • Americans are fixing it, not listing it. (wsj)
  • Betterment is moving to provide investors with ESG options. (businessinsider)
  • Check your life insurance policies to see if they lapse once you turn 100. (wsj)
  • It’s Time to Go Large in Small-Caps (barrons)
  • Blather: Central Bankers Are Way Too Invested to Pull Back Now (bloomberg)
  • How we made Prince’s "Purple Rain" (theguardian)
  • Middle-class entitlements make tax reform way more complicated. (bloomberg)
  • I Bought It For The Dividend… (realinvestmentadvice)
  • This is the Achilles heel of backtests. (awealthofcommonsense)
  • Just How Ugly Is America’s Balance Sheet Anyway? (thefiscaltimes)
  • Ignore the Price, Remember the Dividends (suredividend)
  • The world needs more lithium. (thereformedbroker)
  • The pedestrian buttons at crosswalks don’t do sh*t. (bostonglobe)
  • T.J. Miller Knows You Think He’s Nuts for Exiting Silicon Valley (vulture)
  • Money is a "consensual hallucination." (feld)
  • China Manipulating Currency? What Big Mac/Mini Mac Indexes Say (pbs)

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