Saturday links: macroeconomic problems

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


An interview with Ned Davis.  (Big Picture)

What is the lure of hedge funds anymore?  (Research Affiliates)

How to invest in the value premium.  (Monevator)

Nate Silver on how he tries to counteract overconfidence in investing.  (IndexUniverse)

Is dividend investing just value investing in disguise?  (Financial Planning via @kitces)


My time at Lehman Brothers.  (Nicholas Chirls)

What it’s like to work at an inter-bank broker.  (The Guardian)

Can UBS turn its wealth management unit around?  (Bloomberg)

Social finance

How social media is transforming the financial community: an interview with Howard Lindzon.  (Open Markets)

A network analysis of Bloomberg’s new Twitter list.  (Enterprising Investor)

On the future of finance blogging including a good list of the various flavors of blogs.  (FT Alphaville)

How crowdfunding is going to affect the opportunities in the public markets.  (Ivanhoff Capital)


The problem inherent in macroeconomics. (Justin Fox)

The end of economic growth.  (Minyanville, part 2)

Germany has a wealth distribution problem.  (voxEU)


JC Penney ($JCP) proves people want a deal, not necessarily low prices.  (NYTimes)

Man cannot live on economics alone.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

Small tweaks can induce big changes in behavior.  (Tim Harford)


The second coming of Facebook ($FB).  (Fortune)

When did “business models” become a thing?  (Quartz)

A look at the new world of legalized marijuana.  (GQ also WSJ)

IPOs slow down innovation at tech companies.  (Quartz)


Bill Gurley, “There is big difference between what you can extract versus what you should extract.”  (Above the Crowd)

Immigrants power the startup economy.  (Economist)


Why museums shouldn’t be free.  (Quartz)

The car is set to make big technological leap into the future.  (Economist)


The tough times for the MLB player on the bubble.  (WSJ)

Can Rosie Napravnik win the Kentucky Derby?  (NYTimes)


The success of Homo sapiens may be because of breeding with other proto-humans.  (Scientific American)

The search for life on Mars is now in its sixth decade.  (New Yorker)

What space can teach us about healthy living.  (Scientific American)


Why Boston hospitals were ready for mass casualties.  (New Yorker)

Why are some people more motivated to exercise?  (Well)


Is Stanford the new Harvard?  (Slate)

Are colleges getting by now on “dumb money”?  (macroblog)


Robert Downey 3.0.  (GQ)

The business of Phish.  (Priceonomics via Big Picture)

David Lee Roth is the “last rock star.”  (BuzzFeed)

What it’s like in the junior program at The Magic Castle.  (WSJ)


An excerpt from Brian Stelter’s Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.  (NYTimes)

An interview with Sheryl Sandberg about the uproar about her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.  (FT)

Why we aren’t running out of everything. A refutation of Jeremy Grantham from Ramez Naan, author of The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet.  (BI)

Nico Mele, author of The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath, on what news organizations need to do to survive.  (Nieman Journalism Lab)

Mixed media

You are not using the term curator correctly.  (Librarian Hats via @brainpickings)

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