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.


A dozen things learned from Michael Price on investing.  (25iq)

Flexibility is the key to maintaining withdrawal rates in retirement.  (Vanguard via Total Return)

What assets should go in a ‘desert island’ portfolio looking out three years?  (Research Affiliates)

Institutional investors are for the most part using broken investment models.  (Above the Market)

On the dangers of overfitting your backtests.  (Timely Portfolio)


Revisiting the 1987 crash from the lens of the Chicago pits.  (Points and Figures)

What can physicists really add to finance?  (FT)

A profile of Joe Mansueto, CEO and founder of Morningstar ($MORN).  (FT)


On the downsides of the democratization of angel investing.  (Wired)

The decline of Wikipedia.  (Technology Review)


A Vitamix blender will change your life.  (Slate)

The company behind Sriracha.  (Quartz)

Coffee vs. smoothies: which is better for you?  (BBC)

Water continues to displace soda at the supermarket.  (NYTimes)

Long lines at a restaurant are overrated.  (Marginal Revolution)


On the rise of online dating.  (Priceonomics Blog)

Young people in Japan have stopped having sex.  (Guardian)


Airline seats are shrinking.  (WSJ)

Winglets are getting an upgrade.  (NYTimes)


Soccer players show signs of brain disease.  (Scientific American)

An excerpt from Rich Cohen’s Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football.  (WSJ)


On the unknowable: Noson S. Yanofsky’s The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us(Reading the Markets)

Why our need to be Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect is an inherent need according to Matthew Lieberman.  (Scientific American)

A talk with Scott Adams author of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.  (HBR)

An excerpt from an interview with Bill Watterson author of Calvin and Hobbes.  (Mental Floss)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

Can counties in the Plains use incentives to reverse population decline?  (WSJ)

How to run a country in 10 lessons.  (Farnam Street)

How superstition works.  (The Atlantic)

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