Saturday links: money on the table

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!

Investing

Gentlemen investors like Sir John Templeton are a rarity today.  (Crossing Wall Street)

Lessons learned from Ray Dalio.  (Morningstar)

The Graham and Doddsville newsletter for Winter 2014 is out and features Lee Ainslie.  (Columbia)

How to bring fundamental indexing to the bond market.  (Research Affiliates)

Personal finance

77 reasons why you are bad at money.  (Morgan Housel)

Ten ways you are leaving money on the table.  (WSJ)

Comparing the major online money managers.  (NYTimes)

When company stock options become golden handcuffs.  (Wealthfront)

Finance

How private banks make money.  (The Banker’s Umbrella, part 2, part 3)

A research paper that looks at the investment career of John Maynard Keynes.  (AEA via @timharford)

Economics

An excerpt from Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee’s The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.  (The Atlantic)

Economic lessons learned from Downton Abbey.  (Washington Post)

Business

Amazon Web Services as a metaphor for other businesses.  (Andrew Weissman)

The story behind eBay’s ($EBAY) resurgence.  (Business Insider)

The experience of certain early Facebook ($FB) employees.  (Mashable)

A profile of the young CEO of In-N-Out Burger.  (Orange Coast via @longreads)

Startups

Tomasz Tunguz, “More runway implies better odds of success.”  (Tom Tunguz)

From the backseat to the front: what it is like to be an Uber driver.  (Boston)

What really motivates users: an excerpt from  Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit-Forming Products, a new book by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover.  (TechCrunch)

Technology

MOOCs are a high fixed-cost business.  (John Cochrane via Arnold Kling)

Why is the high tech sector losing is dynamism?  (HBR)

Can we teach computers to start programming themselves?  (Institutional Investor)

Felix Salmon, “Twitter and Facebook have become the new indispensable bundles — and in doing so have changed the nature of what news is.”  (Reuters)

Science

All animals play. Why?  (The Baffler)

Chickens are smarter than commonly thought.  (Scientific American)

Health

A cautionary tale for big medicine: the decline of big law.  (The Atlantic)

Those vitamins you take may be bad for your workout.  (Well)

Why you should eat full-fat dairy.  (NPR)

Sports

Debunking the hot hand fallacy, kinda.  (Boston Globe, Priceonomics Blog)

David Epstein author of The Sports Gene on how gender affects athletic performance.  (Washington Post)

Entertainment

In defense of binge watching television.  (Slate)

Are too many films being made?  (Pando Daily)

Netflix ($NFLX) has completely changed the market for reruns.  (Businessweek)

The three men who turned The Beatles into a booming business.  (The Fiscal Times)

Books

Is Amazon ($AMZN) good for the book business?  (New Yorker also Slate)

Why writers are the worst procrastinators.  (The Atlantic)

Excerpts

A Q&A with Michael Wheeler author of The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World.  (Washington Post)

The four basics of quitting almost anything. Insights from Peg Streep’s Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work(SpeakEasy)

An interesting discussion with James Fallon author of The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain.  (BigTeeVee)

Five lessons from Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton’s Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending.  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

Three things Bill Gates wishes he had done twenty years ago.  (Quartz)

Where do business schools go from here?  (Economist)

Mindfulness in the age of complexity.  (HBR)

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