Saturday links: risk prone markets

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.

Investing

The top three issues financial planners face in 2013.  (Nerd’s Eye View)

Howard Marks on today’s “elevated, risk-prone” credit markets.  (Oaktree Capital)

An introduction to the equity risk premium.  (See It Market)

How Vanguard got into the ETF business.  (IndexUniverse)

Hedge funds

Ten lessons learned in investing in early and startup hedge funds.  (Inside Investing)

A profile of hedge fund manager Crispin Odey.  (Bloomberg)

Economy

A look back at the recessions of the latter 20th century and 21st century.  (A Dash of Insight)

The Fed’s models for bank risk are not surprisingly flawed.  (Floyd Norris)

Companies

Can Meg Whitman turn Hewlett-Packard ($HPQ) around?  (Businessweek)

An excerpt from Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan’s The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office.  (WSJ)

There is a bull market in corporate investigators.  (Economist)

History

Lunch with Robert Caro, biographer of Lyndon Johnson the “most important President of the 20th century.”  (FT)

A cool map showing how long it took to travel in America in the 1800s.  (Flowing Data)

Online

The web has made the “improbable the new normal.”  (The Technium via kottke)

The end of the university as we know it is coming.  (The American Interest)

Using technology to solve the patient compliance problem.  (WSJ)

Online dating

Is online dating a threat to monogamy?  (The Atlantic)

An excerpt from Amy Webb’s Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match.  (WSJ)

Games

The murky history of foosball.  (Smithsonian via Digg)

Can this guy save pinball?  (Slate)

How SEC football became such a big business.  (Time)

Entertainment

How to get on The Price is Right.  (Deadspin)

On the making of The Blues Brothers.  (Vanity Fair)

The true genius of Monty Python.  (The Atlantic)

The top ten issues in the music industry.  (Bob Lefsetz)

Global

The “demographic transition” is happening faster than previously thought.  (Slate)

How Jesus Christ ended up buried in a mountain hamlet in Japan.  (Smithsonian via @thebrowser)

Multimedia

Jesse Thorn talks with Seth Godin on creating content that matters.  (Bullseye)

A great discussion with Brad Feld and Jason Calcanis on This Week in Startups.  (Feld)

Food

Coffee capsules are taking over the world.  (aeon magazine)

Chefs are holding their customers hostage via the tasting menu.  (Vanity Fair via Felix Salmon)

Mixed media

The science of Sherlock Holmes.  (New Scientist)

It’s good to be the city of Nashville at the moment.  (NYTimes)

An interview with the “bookish banker” The Epicurean Dealmaker.  (Vol.1Brooklyn)

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