Saturday links: universe selection

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!


How to find a trading style that suits your personality.  (Jon Boorman)

Investors should buy stocks that they don’t have to obsess over.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

Ten lessons learned from Peter Lynch.  (Novel Investor via Wealth of Common Sense)

How being a passive investor builds mental toughness.  (Monevator)

Five misconceptions about indexing.  (Vanguard)


When building a momentum strategy, universe selection matters.  (CSS Analytics)

Does academic research kill future strategy returns?  (Rekenthaler Report)

The best strategy for rebalancing? Pick one and stick with it.  (Vanguard)

Personal finance

Five things professional athletes need to do take charge of their financial lives.  (Barry Ritholtz)

Should you use an automated investment service?  (Pragmatic Capitalism)

Some advice for young investors.  (A Dash of Insight)

How to fix the 401(k).   (WSJ)


Tips for introverts on how to better manage an open office environment.  (WSJ)

What it is like to be a professional Lego builder.  (Priceonomics Blog)

Meet one guy making a living playing fantasy sports.  (WSJ)

A dozen things learned from Jim Barksdale.  (25iq)


Why startups should be wary of ‘casual feedback.’  (Jeff Weiner)

How a startup, Perfect Audience, sold for $25.5 million.  (Slate)

Venture capital

How angel and venture capital markets interact.  (SSRN)

The seed capital game is moving online.  (peHUB)

Series A is the new Series B.  (TechCrunch)


Why food trends always seem to peter out.  (LATimes, Fortune)

The history of the Manhattan from Gary Regan’s The Joy of Mixology: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender’s Craft.  (Farnam Street)


Why is FIFA so poorly run?  (Economist)

Is ‘competitive yoga‘ an oxymoron?  (Vox)

The art and science of the pick in basketball.  (kottke)

How much will California Chrome be worth after today’s Belmont Stakes?  (WSJ)

MLB Advanced Media has become a beast.  (Quartz)


John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, is the model for modern authors.  (IBJ, New Yorker)

Twenty book recommendations from Charlie Munger including How the Scots Invented the Modern World.  (Farnam Street)

A Q&A with Colson Whitehead author of  The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death.  (Gawker)

A look at the nether regions of the oil world via Ken Silverstein’s The Secret World of Oil.  (FT)

The attributes that make certain products engaging also make them potentially addictive. Thoughts from Nir Eyal author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.  (TechCrunch)

Why everyone thinks they are above average. Insights from David McRaney explores in You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself.  (BrainPickings)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

Can Harvard Business School create an online business school without cannibalizing its core business?  (NYTimes)

Parents think their youngest child is smaller than in reality.  (Scientific American)

Does handwriting still matter?  (NYTimes)

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