On the eve of the fifth anniversary of 9/11 we point you to a couple of interesting items in this linkfest.

Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture has some pointed comments on the “excess” that has risen up around this year’s anniversary.

Michael Santoli at Barron’s touches on the question of whether the equity risk premium has permanently risen post-9/11.

Adam Warner at the Daily Options Report with another interesting weekend linkfest.

Mark Hulbert in the New York Times reviews a study that shows stock spam (sadly) works.

Brett Steenbarger at TraderFeed on what has changed in the past four months in the markets.

Jay Walker at the Confused Capitalist on a book that focuses on the importance of finding dividend-paying stocks “… that have a history of raising their dividends over time.”

Jonathan Clements in the Wall Street Journal debunks the “magic” behind seven personal finance truisms.

Paul Kedrosky at Infectious Greed points to a paper that shows that many hedge funds exhibit style drift.

Andrew Ross Sorkin in the New York Times on how buyout talk has shifted towards “elephant” territory.

DealBook points to a story on how some hedge fund managers is transforming the way charities do business.

James Hamilton at Econbrowser on the (un)importance of this week’s announcement of a large oil field find in the Gulf of Mexico.

With all the talk about income inequality Greg Mankiw wonders who this elite 0.01% of the income distribution actually are?

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