Saturday links: fiduciaries vs. businessmen

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.


Here’s what to do if you missed the market’s big post-crisis rally.  (Barry Ritholtz)

The upside of the global market correction.  (Jason Zweig)

On the importance of expectations for value investors.  (Oddball Stocks)

The sequence of returns matters a great deal for investors.  (Monevator)

Investors who did the least did the best.  (Vanguard)


John Bogle’s speech on the “commercialization of the mutual fund industry.”  (John Bogle also RIABiz, Morningstar)

The most and least effective stock buyback programs.  (Institutional Investor)

A profile of non-investment grade investors GSO Capital.  (Institutional Investor)


Meir Statman on why we need a mandatory retirement savings program.  (Financial Analysts Journal)

Why the creator of the 401(k) plan thinks it is a failure.  (Marketplace)

Essential reading on the US retirement crisis.  (Enterprising Investor)


The biggest threat to the global economy could come from outer space.  (The Atlantic)

Fiscalists vs. monetarists: a bloggy taxonomy.  (FT Alphaville)

What is ‘neoclassical economics‘ anyway ?  (Noahpinion)


LinkedIn ($LNKD) is becoming integral to business these days.  (Fortune)

Was Kodak doomed to bankruptcy?  (Medium via @longreads)


Why cities are centers for innovation: more human connections.  (The Atlantic)

Can New York City really put in place real flood protection?  (Scientific American)

The future of the American cities: suburbs are no longer the destination they were.  (FT)


A look at the long-term decline in marriage.  (The Atlantic)

Nicaragua’s long history of trying to build a canal across the country.  (Quartz)


Childhood concussions are often missed or misdiagnosed.  (Scientific American also ScienceBlog)

What men and women are trying to get out of speed dating: a data analysis.  (Flowing Data)

Must cats die so birds can live?  (New York)

Our unconscious prevents us from seeing a whole lot.  (Scientific American)


Five reasons why social media won’t consolidate.  (HBR)

Examples of the power of “connecting people to information previously unavailable to them.”  (Wired)

How startups can look for a new way out.  (Pando Daily)


Why Netflix ($NFLX) is producing original content.  (Felix Salmon)

Everything is fast, fast, fast in media today. Maybe it is time for “slow media.”  (Pando Daily)

Shocked to hear that all is not as it seems on a reality TV, the Shark Tank edition.  (NYTimes also Forbes)


A few notes on Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton.  (CXO Advisory Group)

An excerpt from Drew Magary’s Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First Century Parenthood.  (Deadspin)

An excerpt from Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg.  (WSJ)

Mixed media

A look inside the weird world of SkyMall.  (The Atlantic)

Seven myths about cooking steak.  (Serious Eats via kottke)

Want more home runs? Juice the ball.  (WSJ)

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