Saturday links: lessons learned

The weekend is a great time to catch up on some posts that were either too long or simply didn’t fit in during the week. Hope you enjoy!


Eight lessons learned on investing via Jeremy Grantham.   (GMO)

Putting some estimates on prospective bond and stock returns.  (Monevator)


Why the Fed will never be able to reliably pop bubbles before they form.  (Quartz)

Does trend-chasing explain financial markets?  (Noahpinion)

Financial planning

On the difference between tax savings and tax deferral.  (Nerd’s Eye View)

A good (short) guide to financial planning.  (Vanguard)

Five lesson from the money woes of professional athletes.  (The Guardian)


Investment bankers work at the beck and call of their clients: blame them for the long hours.  (The Epicurean Dealmaker)

Lessons learned from Kevin Roose’s Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits. (Reading the Markets)


How economic PhDs took over the Federal Reserve.  (Justin Fox also Arnold Kling)

How When Harry Met Sally explains growing income inequality.  (The Atlantic)


Why not turn Detroit into Hong Kong?  (WSJ)

How Pittsburgh avoided Detroit’s fate.  (Politico)


Why America stopped driving. (Morgan Housel)

Do you really need to drive the latest model car?  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

New journalism

On the rise of economics-laced journalism.  (Priceonomics Blog)

A profile of Ezra Klein.  (NY Mag)


Retirees are the fastest growing class of startup founders.  (NYTimes)

Trying to quantify self-employed America is tougher than it looks.  (Justin Fox)


Why Carl Icahn is finding traction in Silicon Valley.  (The Verge)

How Ben Horowitz almost went to jail. (Ben’s Blog)


A review of Google Chromecast six months in.  (ReadWrite)

Google ($GOOG) is opening Chromecast to developers.  (Minyanville)


What exactly is NASA’s mission these days?  (Slate)

The airline pilot shortage is here ahead of schedule.  (WSJ)


Midwest farmers are looking to swap corn for other cash crops.  (NYTimes)

Why melted cheese makes everything better.  (WSJ)

Who really owns your “craft beer“?  (Time)


The NBA is awash in data.  (Grantland)

The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball by Benjamin Baumer and Andrew Zimbalist is “excellent and well-written…”  (Marginal Revolution)


A history of the SNL after-party.  (NYTimes)

An interview with Jimmy Fallon on the eve of his takeover of The Tonight Show.  (Vulture)


Will there ever be a true Netflix ($NFLX) for books?  (The Atlantic)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

Compounding experience, not just interest, redux.  (Abnormal Returns)

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

Mixed media

Four steps to satisficing.  (Slate)

The big banks don’t all that much banking any more.  (Pacific Standard)

America is the ultimate startup.  (Business Insider)

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