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Paul Kedrosky at Infectious Greed has been reading some interesting academic research and has some highlights. Apparently being a monopolist is not all it is cracked up to be. Relative value pairs trading works better than any one should really expect. Problem gamblers believe they can outplay the odds.

Diya Gullapalli at the Wall Street Journal reports on the inflows into large cap value funds and the pressure for them to invest that idle cash.

Katie Benner at TheStreet.com examines the continued evolution of ETFs from indexes to active management.

Brett Steenbarger at TraderFeed with a “concise formula for trading success..”

dailyii.com highlights a critic who is all over the topic of investment banking conflicts.

Adam Warner at the Daily Options Report has some items for a lazy Friday afternoon.

Mark Thoma at Economist’s View highlights a piece that demonstrates a link between the “framing effect” and particular regions of the brain.

It will be interesting to see if these new product introductions can offset the disturbing options accounting issues at Apple Computer (APPL).

We are not much for geopolitics on this blog, but we found an article by Peter Waldman at the Wall Street Journal on the nature of the “religious situation in the Middle East” interesting.

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