Saturday links: Millennial malaise

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!


The fundamental difference between venture capital and value investing.  (25iq)

Do you need to hold commodities in your portfolio?  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

Why are Millennials investing so conservatively?  (Millenial Invest)

The power of utilities to signal market environments.  (SSRN)

Financial advisors

Retirement planning is about a whole lot more than asset allocation.  (ThinkAdvisor)

Five things human advisors can do that robo-advisors can’t do.  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

The term ‘robo-advisors‘ underplays their significance.  (RIABiz)


The very idea of money is undergoing a fundamental transformation.  (NYTimes)

An interview with John Campbell the common thread that connects this year’s Nobel Prize winners in Economics.  (Justin Fox)


Lessons learned from the success of Pixar.  (Fast Company)

Drones and robots are going to do more of the dirty work in mining.  (Bloomberg)

The woman behind Apple’s ($AAPL) first icons.  (Priceonomics Blog)


Virtual reality is going to be huge.  (NYTimes)

The CIA is taking advantage of crowdsourcing.  (NPR)


It’s never been easier to become a VC but it’s never been harder to stay one.  (Hunter Walk)

How to use AngelList.  (TechCrunch)

On the high psychological price of entrepreneurship.  (Inc.)

If you want to succeed start with doing one thing really well.  (Medium)

How the two founders of ZipCar lost their company.  (The Verge)


The world has fallen in love with the most wasteful form of coffee.  (Quartz)

Coconut oil is better than butter.  (WSJ)

Director Steven Soderbergh wants to sell you some Bolivian liquor, singani.  (Slate)

How climate change is going to affect the fish we eat.  (Quartz)

Diet soda sales are in free fall.  (WSJ)


Why don’t more basketball players wear mouthguards?  (NYtimes)

Should college athletes be able to get a “sports performance degree“?  (Inside Higher Ed)

Why are steals so important in basketball?  (FiveThirtyEight)


Why umpires are reluctant to call third strikes.  (FiveThirtyEight)

Why do minor league baseball players make so little (sub-minimum wage) money?  (Slate)


Hollywood is taking note and Silicon Valley is now worthy of full-on satire.  (WSJ, The Verge)

Why you don’t notice movie bloopers.  (Pacific Standard)


An excerpt from Michael Lewis’ new book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. (NYTimes)

An interview with Biz Stone author of Things a Little Bird Told Me.  (The Week)


Milwaukee is sinking, literally.  (Bloomberg)

Chicago under Rahm Emanuel is still being run for the benefit of a cadre of insiders.  (Pando Daily)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

The case for buying fewer (but better) clothes.  (Quartz)

Why your umbrella sucks.  (Digg via @om)

Five rules for a happy life.  (WSJ)

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