As a little crowdsourcing experiment we are going to try something new.  Below are the top ten posts Abnormal Returns readers clicked on for the week ended on Friday, October 30th.  The description is as it read in that day’s linkfest.

You could use this in a couple of ways.  First it could serve as a quick catch-up on what went on this past week.  In addition it might give you some clue as to what other readers found worthy of a click.

  1. Everyone is reading the newly bearish quarterly missive from Jeremy Grantham.  (Market Beat)
  2. The petrodollar recycling machine is humming again.  (Gregor Macdonald)
  3. Eric Falkenstein, “I would estimate 90% of all alpha is misrepresented.”  (Falkenblog)
  4. Investment books to help you think like an investor.  (Contrarian Edge)
  5. Paul Tudor Jones, gold and the future of hedge funds.  (The Pragmatic Capitalist)
  6. Nassim Taleb can’t understand why everyone misinterprets his writings.  (Falkenblog)
  7. Most investors would have been better off doing nothing the past eighteen months.  (IndexUniverse)
  8. A legal way to profit off insider trading.  (New Rules of Investing)
  9. Five steps to consistent profits.  (Kirk Report)
  10. What is the best way to “buy volatility“?  (Daily Options Report)

This approach is imperfect for any number of reasons including its dependence on the strength of our write-up, where it sits in the linkfest and items which include multiple links.

We also wanted to provide links to the five top Abnormal Returns posts (excluding linkfests).

  1. Why should we assume there is a stable relationship between the price of crude oil and the S&P 500?  We shouldn’t.  (Abnormal Returns)
  2. How is that the bond market is perceived to be “smarter” than the stock market?  (Abnormal Returns)
  3. Is buy-and-hold the best of a bad lot?  (Abnormal Returns)
  4. Pattern seeking run amok.  How we humans (and investors) see patterns were none exist.  (Abnormal Returns)
  5. David St. Hubbins, Bush & Obama, Wal-Mart (WMT) and why context matters when consuming media.  (Abnormal Returns)

We hope you found this little experiment interesting.  Please feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment below with your thoughts.  Thanks for reading this week.