12/18/17 – Monday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • Berkshire Hathaway ($BRKA) just topped $300,000 a share for the first time. (bloomberg)
  • Can the Passive Juggernaut Roll On? (barrons)
  • Can you use drawdowns to time managed futures strategies? (mrzepczynski.blogspot)
  • Higher benefits are boosting worker pay. (blogs.wsj)
  • Tax Overhaul Could Be Big Win for U.S. Real Estate Investors (bloomberg)
  • Americans are buying more ‘non-essential’ stuff these days. (bloomberg)
  • New Tax Plan Looms Like a ‘Dagger’ Over New York New Tax Plan Looms Like a ‘Dagger’ Over New York City (Wall Street Journal)
  • Bitcoin ETF providers see new hope for approval (Financial Times)
  • Wall Street Wises Up to the Folly of Forecasting (Bloomberg View)
  • Study finds firms spent 94 cents of every dollar from 2004 tax holiday on share buybacks and dividends. Expect the same this time as well (wsj)
  • Bloomberg TV is coming to Twitter ($TWTR), today. (wsj)
  • Does wealth actually lead to greater happiness for the very wealthy? And, does inheriting wealth — versus earning it yourself — play a role in how happy that wealth makes us? (wsj)
  • Why the Australian Defence Organization Is Recruiting Cyber-Analysts on the Autism Spectrum (hbr)
  • Making sense of ETFs with Eric Balchunas and Joel Webber. (bloomberg)
  • Amazon ($AMZN) will not be undersold on smart speakers. (wsj)
  • Andy’s roundup of charts is a good way to start the week (Andrew Thrasher)
  • Things are getting a bit ridiculous, don’t you think? (dealbreaker)
  • Paul Vigna and Peter Rudegair, "Overall, 165 firms have raised more than $4 billion in 2017 through coin offerings…" (wsj)
  • Stock market volatility hasn’t been this low since the 1960s. (ft)
  • The Fed is, for now, locked into its policy. (blogs.uoregon.edu)
  • ETFs are looking at a $500 billion year. (etf)
  • Comparing the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF ($EEM) and iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF ($IEMG). (beta.morningstar)
  • A third of women in asset management have experienced sexual harassment. (ft)
  • Joyner Lucas’s Viral Hit "I’m Not Racist" Is Exhausting (vulture)
  • The Last Jedi did $450 million at the box office this weekend, the second biggest opening ever (New York Times)
  • Chipmakers today are doing more M&A than before. (nytimes)
  • CME ($CME) Bitcoin futures are now live. (wsj)
  • Is ZCash a better Bitcoin? (fortune)
  • The distribution of outcomes in 2018 could be huge. (awealthofcommonsense)
  • Three mistakes ETF investors should avoid. (beta.morningstar)
  • You really don’t want the yield curve to invert. (bloomberg)
  • The Pessimist's Guide to 2028 (bloomberg)
  • The 8 best audiobooks of 2017. (slate)
  • Homebuilder confidence is really strong to end the year. (calculatedriskblog)
  • 27 Strategies for Giving: Let nonprofit leaders, philanthropic advisers, innovators, investors and hardworking volunteers show you how. (bloomberg)
  • Barry Ritholtz’s holiday gift giving guide for that special someone in finance. (bloomberg)
  • The ETF Deathwatch for November 2017. (investwithanedge)
  • Goldman Says Growth Is Bigger Fed-Hike Factor Than Market Thinks (Bloomberg)
  • 2017 was a pretty easy ride for investors. (theatlasinvestor)
  • Given the strength in the stock market, the IPO market was a big disappointment. (venturebeat)
  • Mutual Fund Observer is running a matching grant challenge through year-end. (mailchi.mp)
  • Why the ALPS Alerian MLPF ($AMLP) consistently lags its benchmark. (sl-advisors)
  • Some equity ETFs are more sensitive to interest rates than others. (markovprocesses)
  • Michael on GMO’s "three paths" the market could take (Irrelevant Investor)
  • A great overview of the US stock market as we head into 2018. (fat-pitch.blogspot)

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