11/27/15 – Friday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • Big banks are ceding SMB lending to the marketplace lenders. (wsj)
  • You have to listen to your podcasts some how. So why through these WSJ recommended Bluetooth headphones? (graphics.wsj)
  • James Osborne talks with Jason Voss about talk about the active-passive debate. (basonasset)
  • How the endowment effects affects portfolio managers and baseball GMs. (ft)
  • ‘NRA’s Sick Jihad’: N.Y. tabloid declares war on the NRA (washingtonpost)
  • Don’t discount the efficacy of self-help books. (aeon.co)
  • How Caltech’s basketball went from a joke to competitive. (si)
  • It’s still too early to buy back into Brazil. (nytimes)
  • Joe Weisenthal talks with Zac Bissonnette, author of “The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute.”* (soundcloud)
  • Activist investors don’t need to rattle every company’s cage. (wsj)
  • Alex Blumberg of Gimlet Media on the power of narrative (and audio). (99u)
  • 2016 Design of the Year: Ford GT (automobilemag)
  • Most Black Friday deals aren’t actually deals. (nytimes)
  • Even Ballet Dancers Are in Awe of Stephen Curry’s Moves (nytimes)
  • Capitalization-weighted indices underperform nearly every other weighting scheme. (evidenceinvestor.co.uk)
  • Why can’t we create a splash-proof toilet? (priceonomics)
  • The secret stock market accounting trick (nypost)
  • Pfizer ($PFE) didn’t need to buy Allergan ($AGN) to benefit from lower overseas taxes. (nytimes)
  • Jake Taylor has five good questions for Wesley Gray, co-author of “DIY Financial Advisor: A Simple Solution to Build and Protect Your Wealth.”* (youtube)
  • A discussion with Greg Ip about his book “Why Safety Can be Dangerous — and How Danger Makes Us Safe.”* (medium)
  • Michael Covel talks with Dr. Brett Steenbarger about “Trading Psychology 2.0″* (trendfollowing)
  • Black Friday Sales Numbers Are Useless And Wrong (fivethirtyeight)
  • Don’t hate the game, hate the players. The case of $KBIO. (thereformedbroker)
  • Retailers are getting pretty desperate. (marketwatch)
  • Why Chicago takes deep-dish pizza so seriously. An excerpt from “The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food” by Matthew Gavin Frank.* (blog.longreads)
  • Lessons learned from the death of one of the last great video rental stores. (vox)
  • Why Apple ($AAPL) should bid for NFL broadcast rights. (forbes)
  • Google Will Help You Shop on Black Friday (And Help Advertisers See Where You Went) (recode)
  • Why does American Samoa create so many talented football players? (story.californiasunday)
  • The world is getting older, faster than commonly thought. (wsj)
  • Podcasting feels a lot like blogging back in 2004. (niemanlab)
  • How retailers get the best of customers. (businessinsider)
  • Robinhood is opening up $0 commission trading to a handful of stock apps. (techcrunch)
  • Why Americans are driving again. (vox)
  • The false promise of a rule-based Fed. (blogs.wsj)
  • How Paul Volcker “whipped” inflation in his tenure at the Federal Reserve. (npr)
  • Hedge funds are digging through the bargain bin for highly discounted bond closed-end funds. (wsj)
  • Richard Hsu talks with Guy Spier of Aquamarine Capital about writing “The Education of a Value Investor.”* (soundcloud)
  • Chemical activity seems to have stabilized. (calculatedriskblog)
  • Is Soylent the future of food? A discussion with Soylent CEO Rob Rhinehart and Chris Dixon. (a16z)
  • Look to Kenya for the future of mobile money. (cbsnews)
  • Welcome to the Flat Stock Society (bloomberg)
  • Andrew Swanscott talks with Jay Kaeppel on the use of seasonal factors in trading. (bettersystemtrader)
  • Essential Listening: concrete discussions. (blogs.cfainstitute)
  • Why pay active managers for factor tilts? (evidenceinvestor.co.uk)
  • Recognizing those who have improved our financial lives (chicagotribune)
  • Comparing the move in the FANG stocks relative to the dotcom “Four Horsemen.” (jlfmi.tumblr)
  • Preparing For Lower Returns (theirrelevantinvestor.wordpress)
  • Weekly initial unemployment claims continue to trend at historic lows. (calculatedriskblog)

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