Saturday links: swimming against the tide

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

Asset allocation requires “swimming against the tide.”  (Richard Bernstein)

Frequently asked questions about dividends and share buybacks.  (Credit Suisse)

Why creativity is important for investment professionals.  (Enterprising Investor)

A dozen reasons why Berkshire Hathaway’s ($BRKB) moat will survive Warren Buffett.  (25iq)

Personal finance

When savings trumps investing.  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

Can you be saving more?  (Fortune)

Is the ‘retirement crisis‘ overstated?  (Rekenthaler Report, ibid)

The NFL is trying to better educate its players about personal finance.  (CNN Money)

Business

Robots are making offshoring less attractive.  (HBR)

The slow death of Sears and JC Penney is putting the hurt on already weak malls.  (WSJ)

Startups

Opportunity first, term sheet last.  (Hunter Walk)

Corporate VCs are gaining steam.  (Pando Daily)

The economics of a small VC fund.  (This is going to be BIG… also A VC)

Why founders are willing to give up big chunks of their businesses.  (Business Insider)

Technology

Are home pages dead?  (Vox, Marginal Revolution, The Atlantic)

The next Silicon Valley will be on the Internet.  (The Gong Show)

What makes the Google ($GOOG) self-driving car go.  (The Atlantic)

Health

The “ancients” slept a lot differently than we do.  (Fast Company)

Gluten sensitivity may not be a thing.  (Business Insider)

Why are we getting taller?  (The Atlantic)

Liquids

Building a better coffee lid.  (Business Insider)

The taxonomy of carbonated waters.  (Slate)

Why your bourbon is getting pricey.  (Quartz)

Is this the start of energy-drink (for minors) backlash?  (WSJ)

Demand from craft brewers have sent hop prices soaring.  (FT)

Soylent

The economics of Soylent.  (Modeled Behavior)

Why we should be wary of reducing food to its simplest form.  (The Week)

Sports

These days Tommy John surgery is nearly a requirement for young MLB pitchers.  (NYTimes)

Can Little League help transform Camden, New Jersey?  (GQ)

Bill Curry wants to help college football programs with crisis management.  (Businessweek)

What professional athletes were effective both early and late in their careers?  (FiveThirtyEight)

Entertainment

Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse talk Lost ten years after the premiere of the show.  (Esquire)

Did Led Zeppelin steal an iconic riff from the band Spirit?  (Businessweek)

On the downside of reading bestselling books.  (TheWeek)

Books

Lunch with Tim Geithner author of Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises.  (FT)

Flashback time: an excerpt from Blake J. Harris’s new book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation.  (Grantland)

How a brain injury can unleash abilities from Jason Padgett’s Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel.  (WashingtonPost)

An excerpt from Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain.  (WSJ)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

When will Millenials warm to the stock market?  (Abnormal Returns)

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

Mixed media

To become mainstream marijuana is going to have to become more consistent.  (NYTimes)

The story of Chicago’s last tannery.  (The Distance)

Why you should work in pulses.  (Farnam Street)

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