Saturday links: dimming star managers

The weekend is a great time to catch up on some long form items that we passed up on during the week. Thanks for checking in.


Stress testing various asset allocation models.  (Empiritrage)

What are investors to do with momentum?  (Research Affiliates)

Why do stocks with accelerated growth rates underperform?  (Morningstar)

What role, if any, should bank deposits play in your portfolio?  (Pieria)

Fund managers

Portfolio managers are people too.  (Nerd’s Eye View)

The age of the star fund manager are over.  (IndexUniverse)

Who is Harry Dent?  (CBS News)

On the parallels between Ben Graham and John Maynard Keynes.  (Tim Harford)

How should financial planners charge for their services?  (Nerd’s Eye View)


A profile of Ben Bernanke, the “audacious pragmatist” on his exit from the Fed.  (NYTimes)

How Steve Case has reinvinvented himself.  (Businessweek)

A profile of Alex Karp, CEO of data mining giant Palantir.  (Forbes)


Microsoft ($MSFT) should have been broken up in 2000.  (Slate)

A closer look at Amazon’s ($AMZN) big bet on warehouse space.  (Bloomberg)

Apple ($AAPL) continues to take steps behind the scene to build “an integrated television set that is completely easy to use.”  (Quartz)

How to identify fake Twitter accounts.  (GigaOM)


On the “pitiless economics of [news on] the web.” (Felix Salmon)

On the phenomenon of “Internet burnout.” (Modeled Behavior, Grist)


The electric grid is not built for renewable energy.  (Businessweek, Scientific American)

Why we have to keep repeating the mantra that “correlation does not imply causation.”  (Scientific American)


Debunking the idea that there are “positivity” cascades.  (The Daily Beast)

The future of psychiatry may be through your gut (bacteria).  (The Verge)

Is the “paradox of choice” an urban myth?  (The Atlantic)


When patient safety rules create their own problems.  (New Yorker)

How the changing seasons affect us.  (Priceonomics Blog)

The case of annual checkups.  (Slate)

How exercise helps sleep.  (Well)


Just what constitutes a “craft brewer” these days.  (Time)

Lobstermen are at the mercy of the market.  (New Yorker)


In defense of football.  (WSJ)

What it takes to build a professional kicker/punter these days.  (The Atlantic)


ESPN has an income issue: that of its customers.  (The Atlantic)

ESPN caves to NFL pressure and bows out from a concussion documentary.  (NYTimes)


How A&E’s Duck Dynasty become a huge hit.  (Grantland)

Why is the golden age of television so dark?  (Bloomberg)


How a computer program outed J.K. Rowling as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling.  (Scientific American)

Some billionaires are trying to live together. An excerpt from Adam Gollner’s The Book of Immortality.  (The Daily Beast)

A short summary of Peter V. Rabins’ The Why of Things: Causality in Science, Medicine, and Life .  (Reading the Markets)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

What you may have missed in our Friday linkfest.  (Abnormal Returns)

Mixed media

Inside the world of professional debunkers.  (The Daily Beast)

The MBA as we know it is in desperate need of a pivot.  (Speakeasy)

Confessions of a job hopper.  (Herb Greenberg)

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