Quote of the day

Kent Thune, “Online columnists know they have but just a few seconds to get your click.  To do this, they press your fear, greed and illusion of control buttons to distract you away from your search for useful information.”  (Big Picture)

Chart of the day

Where did all the bears go?  (The Short Side of Long)


Behold the reversal in credit.  (Sober Look, Buttonwood)

Tough times in Europe today.  (Money Game, Wonkblog, Sober Look)

Political uncertainty is on the rise.  (BCA Research)

Try to rack up some gains before the Presidential Election.  (Crossing Wall Street, StreetTalk Live)

$VXX for dummies.  (MarketSci Blog, ibid)


Comparing the Magic Formula against value-weighted indices.  (The Brooklyn Investor)

Ten reasons why everyone should learn to trade, even a little.  (Brian Lund)

Financial repression: it’s savers vs. the budget deficit.  (Businessweek)

Diversified portfolios by definition include underperforming assets.  (Above the Market)


Things that are going Google’s ($GOOG) way.  (Howard Lindzon also TDB)

Chicago’s Merchandise Mart is turning into the Technology Mart.  (NYTimes)

Assessing the value of the Kraft ($KRFT)Mondelez Intl. ($MDLZ) split.  (In Pursuit of Value)

If you’ve never heard of Square you should.  (Slate)


How Neuberger Berman survived the Lehman bankruptcy.  (Fortune)

The world’s cheapest ETF portfolio got cheaper.  (IndexUniverse, ibid)

Why your target date fund may be doing it wrong.  (SmartMoney also Systematic Relative Strength)


Mexico is hedging their oil output.  (FT also WSJ)

How to handle a split up of the Euro.  (Fortune)

Germany moves to rein in high frequency trading.  (WSJ, Points and Figures)

What’s below frontier market status? Argentina may find out.  (FT Alphaville)


On the weakness in capital goods orders. (Capital Spectator)

Miles driven continues to flat line.  (Calculated Risk)

Labor’s share of national income has been in decline for decades.  (Felix Salmon, FT Alphaville)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

What you missed in our Wednesday morning linkfest.  (Abnormal Returns)

Mixed media

Pay attention to your body clock for peak performance.  (WSJ)

How exercise can help you learn new skills.  (Well)

Rethinking the issue of salt and hypertension.  (Scientific American)

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