Thursday links: fruitless drive for performance

Quote of the day

Marshall Jaffe, “In an obsessive but fruitless drive for performance too many fund managers compromise the single most important weapon in their arsenal: their investment process.”  (ThinkAdvisor)

Note card of the day

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All the financial advice you may ever need…on a note card.  (@haroldpollack via @m_sendhil)


Taking a look at an old market maxim: sell Rosh Hashanah buy Yom Kippur.  (Total Return, Bespoke)

The S&P 500 is not particularly correlated with changes in the Fed’s balance sheet.  (Pragmatic Capitalism)


The big risk to the markets: a spike in Treasury yields.  (Market Anthropology)

Should investors worry about a 3% 10 year?  (MoneyBeat)

Jumbo mortgage rates are below conforming mortgages.  (WSJ)

The market is not looking for much inflation.  (Capital Spectator)


On the limits of fundamental analysis.  (Crossing Wall Street)

Two ways of protecting your account from yourself.  (Trader Habits)

The world’s largest longest backtest of momentum.  (SSRN)

A new e-book by William Bernstein, Deep Risk: How History Informs Portfolio Design, is always worth noting.  (Amazon)


How to put a valuation on Tesla ($TSLA).  (Musings on Markets)

Vitaily Katsenelson, “Microsoft’s turnaround just became at least 30 percent more difficult.”  (Institutional Investor)

Nokia ($NOK) had to die so the smartphone could live.  (The Atlantic)


Insider trading laws don’t apply to muni bonds.  (WSJ)

Ten steps on Twitter’s road to an IPO.  (Buzzfeed Business)

The startups that are democratizing quantitative trading.  (Forbes)

Hearsay the social network for bankers.  (Dealbook)


Sheila Bair, “Nothing has fundamentally changed to address the structural weaknesses of money funds..”  (Bloomberg)

Alternative funds are no longer all that alternative.  (WSJ)


The case for optimism in the UK.  (Gavyn Davies)

The Reserve Bank of Australia is on quite a streak.  (Slate)


Weekly initial unemployment claims drop and the ADP payroll number was meh.  (Calculated Risk, ibid)

The ISM non-manufacturing report for August shows faster growth.  (Real Time EconomicsCalculated Risk)

The balance sheet recession is over.  (Bonddad Blog)

Auto sales are now back at pre-crisis levels.  (The Daily Beast, Dr. Ed’s Blog, WSJ)

Americans have started having babies again.   (WSJ)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

How smart can a smartwatch ever be?  (New Yorker)

Pandora ($P) claims to not be worried about iTunes Radio.  (Quartz)

Oyster is the Netflix for books.  (Pando Daily)

What said America can’t innovate any more? Campbell’s ($CPB) is bring soup to your Keurig.  (WSJ)

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