Sunday links: the new secular holiday

Quotes of the day

Seth Godin, “Halloween and the Super Bowl are the new secular holidays, the group-mania events that prove we’re able to stay in sync.”  (Seth Godin)

Michael Brendan Daugherty, “..the community parties, the enormous and elaborately fried feasts, and the felt-obligation to “be a part of it” that have made this Sunday into the most religious day in the American calendar.”  (The Week)

Chart of the day

XLUSPX 0214 Sunday links:  the new secular holiday

Utilities (and REITs) were standouts last week.  (StockCharts Blog, Global Macro Monitor)


The sentiment picture going into February is pretty stark.  (Short Side of Long)

A look at the sad five year history of $VXX and $VXZ.  (VIX and More)

Ranking countries by their CAPE ratio.  (Telegraph)


Corrections are a regular occurrence. What next?  (A Dash of Insight)

How did the ‘couch potato‘ portfolio do in 2013?  (Scott Burns)

Why ‘buying what you know‘ is a flawed strategy.  (Blackrock Blog via BI)


The next big product from Apple ($AAPL) could be a health/fitness focused wearable.  (9to5Mac also A VC)

The US is getting saturated with casinos.  (Time)


The February MFO commentary is chocked full.  (Mutual Fund Observer)

The only convertible bond ETF has garnered some $2 billion in AUM.  (Morningstar)


Emerging markets are at a critical point.  (Humble Student)

Who is to blame for the most recent emerging markets crisis?  (Felix Salmon)

Five reasons the ECB will have to ease again.  (Sober Look)

What is wrong with the Russian economy?  (Marginal Revolution)


A look back at the economic week that was.  (Bonddad Blog)

The economic schedule for the coming week.  (Calculated Risk, Turnkey Analyst)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

What books Abnormal Returns readers purchased in January.  (Abnormal Returns)

Are alternative assets a solution to the 401(k) problem?  (Abnormal Returns)

Top clicks this week on the site.  (Abnormal Returns)

What you missed in our Saturday linkfest.  (Abnormal Returns)

Mixed media

Not everyone wants to retire.  (NYTimes)

Why print publications have had such a difficult time going online.  (GigaOM)

Will anonymity make for a better social experience?  (Recode)

You can support Abnormal Returns by visiting Amazon. You can also follow us on StockTwits and Twitter.

Abnormal Returns is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to If you click on my links and buy anything, even something other than the product advertised, I earn a small commission, yet you don't pay any extra. Thank you for your support.

The information in this blog post represents my own opinions and does not contain a recommendation for any particular security or investment. I or my affiliates may hold positions or other interests in securities mentioned in the Blog, please see my Disclaimer page for my full disclaimer.

blog comments powered by Disqus
  • Tadas ViskantaAbnormal Returns has over its seven-year life become a fixture in the financial blogosphere. Over thousands of posts we have striven to bring the best of the financial blogosphere to readers. In that time the idea of a “forecast-free investment blog” remains as useful as it did six years ago. More »

  • StockTwits Follow Abnormal Returns on StockTwits Follow Abnormal Returns on Twitter Follow StockTwits on Facebook Subscribe to Abnormal Returns RSS via Email Subscribe to Abnormal Returns RSS
  • Recent Posts

  • Archives

  • Join StockTwits
  • Get Updates!

    100% Privacy. We don't spam.