The weekend is a great time to catch up on some of the reading you skipped during the week.  We hope you enjoy this set of long-form links.

Financial advisors in transition

Financial advisors should be helping clients with tough decisions, not the minutiae of portfolio management.  (Dan Ariely)

Investment advice is one “big scam.” (The EL CAP View)

Financial advisors are embracing behavioral finance.  (Bloomberg)

Our mental shortcuts are useful until it comes to investing.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

The financial crisis

The Belgian solution to the financial crisis.  (London Review of Books via @longreads)

On the advantages of the Danish mortgage model.  (Pragmatic Capitalism)

Steve Jobs

One of Steve Jobs’ great accomplishments was to make business cool again.  (Bloomberg also The American)

Why founders make better leaders.  (The Atlantic)

The Internet

Nina Khosla, “..the future of the social web is no longer on a network, it’s within communities.”  (TechCrunch)

Is the Internet destroying the middle class?  (Salon, Edge)

How the newspaper industry missed the great turn towards digital.  (Economic Principals)

Does academia get social media?  (The Atlantic)


Is homeland security spending paying off?  (LATimes via The Browser)

How to save Chicago.  (New Geography)

“Adverse possession” and the man with the $16 house.  (Dallas Observer via @longformorg)


Inside the surprisingly frenzied world of self-help author Timothy Ferris.  (New Yorker)

P. J. O’Rourke’s case against summer vacation.  (WSJ)


Why the impossible happens more often than we think.  (The Technium)

How anger and angst can help feed creativity.  (The Frontal Cortex)

Curing loneliness is as good for your health than quitting smoking.  (New Scientist)

Did Einstein discover E=mc²?  (Physics World via The Browser)


How different surfaces affect tennis play.  (Grantland)

Why 1986 was Joe Posnanski’s favorite year.  (SI)

Mixed media

On the market for “erotic capital.”  (Epicurean Dealmaker)

Ranchers on the pros and cons of beavers.  (WSJ)

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