The weekend is a great time to catch up on some long form items that we passed up on during the week. Thanks for checking in.


On the death of bonds as an asset class.  (GMO)

Some simple tweaks to market cap weighting.  (Mebane Faber)


On the correlation between commodity and equity returns: implications for portfolio allocation.  (BIS)

Do commodities speculators make stuff cost more?  (Justin Fox, Term Sheet)


When has an economics blog changed your mind about something?  (Noahpinion)

Gary Gordon is none too optimistic about future economic growth.  (New York)

Luck and labor market outcomes.  (Free exchange)


What retirement will look in the future. In short, it won’t look like retirement today.  (Fast Company)

Some ideas on how to fix Detroit (and other troubled cities).  (Justin Fox, Slate, Fortune)


How big companies lock in sweet tax deals with the IRS.  (Fortune)

American companies are making high-end watches once again.  (Marketwatch)

How the office was invented.  (BBC via @timharford)

The law

The last days of ‘big law.’  (New Republic)

When the law is no longer a safe bet.  (Bloomberg)


Do companies need ‘cyberinsurance‘?  (Quartz)

The ongoing irrelevance of Microsoft ($MSFT).   (Ben Evans)


Coffee drinking is linked to lower risk of suicide.  (Harvard)

Meet the Robert Parker of instant ramen.  (Quartz)

Anheuser-Busch InBev ($BUD) is making a big push into China.  (WSJ)


Trucks are beginning to drive themselves.  (WSJ)

In 2004 Americans started falling out of love with their cars.  (Quartz)


How can the NFL improve player safety without tacitly admitting liability for past injuries?  (Washington Post)

Mark Prior still wants to pitch in the major leagues.  (NYTimes)

On the science of broken baseball bats.  (NYTimes)

How math is changing poker theory.  (WSJ)


How Jeff Tweedy became a business man.  (Chicago Grid)

What Bill Gates is reading this summer including How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough.  (Quartz)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

What you may have missed in our Friday linkfest.  (Abnormal Returns)

Mixed media

Which US city has the worst drivers?  (Slate)

Should introverts try to act like extroverts?  (WSJ)

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