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.

Getting older

Tim Richards, “Whether we like it or not, governments are forcing us to take risks with our capital or suffer a long and penurious old age.”  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

On the “retirement bubble.”  (Aleph Blog)

The myth of the middle age crisis.  (Scientific American)

Finance and economics

How P/E ratios respond to real interest rates and inflation rates. (Research Affiliates via World Beta)

How to get a job in investment banking.  (The Epicurean Dealmaker)

John Kay on the sorry state of the economics profession.  (John Kay via The Psy-Fi Blog)


Peter Thiel on the “end of the future.”  (National Review)

A look back at the iPhone 4S introduction.  (Daring Fireball)

The one thing that got “inarguably better” in the 21st century was personal technology.  (WSJ)

A look at Steve Jobs’ early career.  (Businessweek)

Mixed media

The shale gas revolution hinges on its ability to avoid environmental damage.  (FT)

The past decade in college degree attainment.  (New Geography)

A real life pirate story.  (NYTimes)


A look at the “Michael Lewis Effect.”  (New York Magazine)

Robert Solow reviews Sylvia Nasar’s Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius.*  (TNR)

An excerpt from Barry Ritholtz’s Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy* on the unintended consequences of government action.  (Big Picture)

More excerpts from Colin Woodard’s American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.*  (Bloomberg, ibid, ibid)

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