Saturday links: exercising good judgment

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.


A dozen things learned from Bill Ruane on investing.  (25iq)

Defining a new asset allocation model for the future.  (The Portfolio Whiteboard Project via Aleph Blog)

Can you use crowdsourced earnings to generate alpha?  (Estimize)

The Fall 2013 edition of the Graham & Doddsville newsletter is out.  (Market Folly)

Fidelity Investments has not been on the cutting edge for quite some time.  (Bloomberg)

Personal finance

There is a big difference between financial literacy and good judgment.  (Morgan Housel)

Financial planning is all about setting priorities.  (Nerd’s Eye View)

Compound interest and the tradeoff between financial freedom and living life.  (Monevator)

How aging affects our financial decision making.  (Forbes)

Five qualities that make a great financial advisor.  (Pete the Planner)


Obamacare is boon for small businesses.  (James Surowiecki)

Grocery stores are getting disrupted.  (Time)

Pay TV as we know it will be dead by 2025.  (TechHive)


Inside an Apple Store on a launch day.  (McSweeney’s)

An excerpt from Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.  (Businessweek)

An excerpt from Nick Bilton’s Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal.  (NYTimes)


Building AngelList syndicates is tougher than it looks on the surface.  (Betaworks)

Out of the spotlight Quora just keeps getting better.  (Pando Daily)

Comparing ‘Shark Tank‘ to venture capital reality.  (Forbes)

Can a business built on adultery, Ashley Madison, ever be mainstream?  (Newsweek)

Behind the design of the Nest Protect which looks to change how we think about smoke detectors.  (Wired)

Football and concussions

An excerpt from League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru.  (SI)

The Frontline documentary version League Of Denial is also a must-see.  (BuzzFeed)

You can’t choose between football and concussions.  (Grantland)

A diagnostic test for CTE could soon be a reality.  (Wired)


On the evil genius of fantasy football.  (Slate)

Head trauma and hockey fights: the case for a full-out ban on fighting.  (NYTimes)

The United Sports of America: what if every state could have only one sport?  (Slate)

An excerpt from Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell.  (WSJ)


The secrets of a happier commute.  (WSJ)

How to live in a world where luck plays a significant role.  (The Epicurean Dealmaker)

Nine rules to “spending more time with your family” in retirement work better.  (WSJ)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

A protege of Jiro Ono, of Jiro Dreams of Sushi fame, has opened a sushi bar in New York City to rave reviews.  (Business Insider)

A look at the green business of mini-hydropower plants.  (WSJ)

Bad news: cheaters experience a short-term high.  (Well)

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