The weekend is a great time to catch up on some of the reading you skipped during the week.  We hope you enjoy this set of long-form links.


Just because a band (or a mutual fund) has the same name does not mean the lineup hasn’t changed dramatically.  (The Reformed Broker)

An in-depth look at portfolio rebalancing and why it matters for investors.  (AAII Journal)

Building a better Sharpe Ratio.  (Financial Advisor)

Do stocks always outperform in the long run?  (The Psy-Fi Blog)


Barry Ritholtz, author of Bailout Nation, recommends five books to help understand the financial crisis.  (The Browser)

The birth (and death) of the moral Wall Street.  (Marketplace)

Ex-Goldman Sachs ($GS) proprietary traders are finding it tough to make money on the outside.  (Bloomberg)


Niall Ferguson and Peter Thiel at Harvard.  (Global Macro Monitor)

If dense urbanization is a good thing, how can its activity be coordinated?  (Interfluidity)

The demographic dearth facing Asia.  (New Geography)


Inside the Dartmouth hazing scandal.  (Rolling Stone)

Is the bullying crisis overblown?  (WSJ)


Warren Buffett’s $50 billion decision.  (Forbes)

Background on “Roger”, chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, who led the successful hunt for OBL.  (WashingtonPost)

The most “significant and creative” female mathematician of all-time.  (NYTimes)

How a great ham maker conducts his craft.  (kottke)


Why a Kentucky victory could ruin college basketball for good.  (Grantland)

A look at the dark side of horse racing.  (NYTimes)


A profile of film maker Whit Stillman.  (Grantland)

An oral history of The Sopranos.  (Vanity Fair)

Mixed media

Is the iPhone camera the only one you need?  (WSJ)

An interview with Daniel Everett on the “grammar of happiness.”  (Boing Boing)

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