Saturday links: the quant threat

The weekend is a great time to catch up on some longer reads from the prior week. Enjoy!


Ten reasons the gold bugs lost big.  (Barry Ritholtz)

David Varadi, “In truth the quant is as much a threat to the classic portfolio manager role as the machine is to human labor.”  (CSS Analytics)

Peer-to-peer lending is going to be huge. (Knowledge@Wharton)

Weekend video

Frontline’s To Catch A Trader looks at the SAC Capital insider trading scandal.  (PBS)

Personal finance

Should you count Social Security as a bond?  (Morningstar)

Is you career a stock or a bond?  (Nerd’s Eye View)

The first law of personal finance.  (Monevator)

What a a Hippocratic Oath for financial advisors would look like.  (RIABiz)

How can any one be against financial literacy education?  (Pacific Standard)


Do economic values get transmitted from parent to child?  (Liberty Street Economics)

The world is going to have to deal with the risks (and costs) of coastal living.  (FT)

Is the university degree as credential doomed?  (HBR)


Smart organizations cannot live by data alone.  (Felix Salmon)

Open office plans don’t actually work.  (New Yorker)


How one venture capitalist spends his time.  (Hunter Walk)

On the similarities between entrepreneurs and con artists.  (James Surowiecki)


Five tech companies on the edge of irrelevance.  (ArsTechnica)

Why we don’t trust technology companies.  (Scientific American)

How techies are transforming San Francisco.  (WSJ)

Self-delusion, reinvention and the rise of Silicon Valley.  (TechCrunch)

Do we really want people spending their time and computing power to mine Bitcoins?  (Businessweek)


How Reddit’s AMAs became so popular.  (The Atlantic also The Verge)

The Jerry Seinfeld AMA.  (Reddit)


An interview with new Fed chief Janet Yellen.  (Time)

How Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, became a Silicon Valley star.  (Business Insider)

What will Angela Ahrendts do to spark Apple retail stores?  (Fast Company)


Are plants smarter than we think?  (New Yorker)

Indoor grown marijuana isn’t exactly green.  (Bloomberg)


Some tips on how to overcome procrastination.  (WSJ)

What it’s like to live without your childhood vaccinations.  (Slate)


Nestle is going to start testing nutrients directly with cells.  (WSJ)

Eating has become a minefield for many.  (Quartz)

When it comes to food, labels matter.  (Harvard)

Butter is back!  (Money & Co.)

Historical recipes are the hot new inspiration for chefs.  (WSJ)

Why the bluefin tuna is getting fished into extinction.  (The Atlantic)


The Baseball Hall of Fame is a mess.  (The Daily Beast)

Why sports writers didn’t blow the whistle on steroids in baseball sooner.  (Grantland)

The paranoid and obsessive life of a mid-level bookie.  (Cleveland Scene via @om)


An excerpt from Quick and Nimble: Lessons From Leading C.E.O.’s on How to Create a Culture of Innovation by Adam Bryant.  (NYTimes)

A Q&A with Fred Turner author of From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism.   (HBR)

An adaption from Scott Stossel’s My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind.  (The Atlantic)

Four lessons learned from Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned From Online Dating by Paul Oyer.  (Speakeasy)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

James Altucher, “Don’t have meetings with someone you don’t want to have a meeting with.”  (Altucher Confidential)

Didn’t go to CES this year? Some CES cheat sheets.  (The Verge, The Wirecutter, ArsTechnica, Wired)

Why we binge watch television.  (Newsweek)

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