12/30/16 – Friday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • Investment returns are frequently misstated by marketers. (beta.morningstar)
  • • The Best Worst Restaurant Reviews of the Past Decade (bloomberg)
  • Still no sign of weakness from weekly initial unemployment claims. (calculatedriskblog)
  • Are mergers good or bad for the economy? (cbsnews)
  • On the importance of avoiding being a forced seller. (theirrelevantinvestor)
  • Is now really the right time for a big economic stimulus? (bloomberg)
  • Ben Carlson, "People hate to admit that they don’t know everything." (awealthofcommonsense)
  • Why Airpods are a big deal for Apple ($AAPL). (aboveavalon)
  • Anthony Crudele talks with Jesse Felder about the bond market sell-off. (futuresradioshow)
  • Tech companies are fighting hard to add women to their boards. (nytimes)
  • The equity risk premium has fallen: the question is why. (fatasmihov.blogspot)
  • Dan Harris talks with actor/director Josh Radnor of "How I Met Your Mother" about his meditation practice. (overcast.fm)
  • 17% of Americans never shop on Amazon ($AMZN). (wsj)
  • The best podcasts for self-improvement. (wsj)
  • Is your smartphone working for you? (sethgodin.typepad)
  • The number of US mutual funds is falling. (ft)
  • How to make a better pitch: speak plain English. (meylercapital)
  • The NYMEX is shutting down its trading floor for good today. (wsj)
  • The Internet is killing curly quotes. (theatlantic)
  • Apple ($AAPL) AirPods are on backorder. (9to5mac)
  • Malcolm Gladwell talks with Michael Lewis about his new book " The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds." (92yondemand)
  • Are mergers good or bad for the economy? (cbsnews)
  • Brett Steenbarger, "Noticing a problem is necessary to solving it, but not sufficient." (traderfeed.blogspot)
  • • New York’s incredibly expensive new subway explains why we can’t have nice things (businessinsider)
  • Howard Lindzon talks to some college kids about investing for "profits and joy." (medium)
  • Adam Grant talks with Michael Lewis about "The Undoing Project." (heleo)
  • TheStreet Inc. ($TST) is at-risk of being de-listed. (latimes)
  •  The Age of Incompetence (project-syndicate)
  • What RV sales tell us about the state of the American economy. (theatlantic)
  • • Investing’s Crowded Conscience (bloomberg)
  • • Is Forecasting Always A Folly? (dashofinsight)
  • • Many of 2016’s Recession Warning Signs Turned Out to Be Economic False Alarms (blogs.wsj)
  • The year in volatility. (etf)
  • • I’ve Worked Bar Security, Here’s How to Talk Your Way Out of a Bar Fight (lifehacker)
  • Jordan Harbinger talks with Julian Guthrie author of "How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight." (theartofcharm)
  • Patrick O’Shaughnessy talks books (and more) with Shane Parrish of Farnam Street. (investorfieldguide)
  • Lawrence Levy author of "To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History" gives a Google Talk. (youtube)
  • 2016 was a slow year for global IPOs. (ft)
  • Michael Martin talks with Daniel Crosby author of "The Laws of Wealth: Psychology and the Secret to Investing Success." (martinkronicle)
  • Investment funds worth trillions are dropping fossil fuel stocks (NYtimes)
  • The golden age of hedge funds is over. (bloomberg)

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