The weekend is a great time to catch up on some posts that were either too long or simply didn’t fit in during the week. Hope you enjoy!


Small investors have a big advantage: small stocks.  (Old School Value)

How reliable is the small cap premium?  (Morningstar)

Just how useful is 60/40 as a starting point for a portfolio?  (Blackrock Blog)

A profile of Michael Steinhardt, chairman of WisdomTree Investments ($WETF).  (Forbes)

Personal finance

Robo-advisors are pushing financial advisors in one of three different directions.  (Nerd’s Eye View)

Five qualities that make a great financial advisor.  (Pete the Planner)

The case against holding company stock.  (Betterment, ibid)


On the “platformisation” of the new economy.  (Economist)

R-squared ain’t everything.  (Econbrowser)

Don’t believe the hype on behavioral economics(Quartz)

Just how sensitive is corporate investment to changing interest rates?  (Federal Reserve)


The genius behind Costco’s ($COST) success.  (Fast Company)

Can crowdfunding work within an organization?  (Time)

Just what is an appearance on ‘Shark Tank‘ worth to a company?  (WashingtonPost)

Are we overstating the role of luck in success?  (Valueplays)


Why does the “cult of overwork” still exist?  (James Surowiecki)

The case for working less.  (Pieria)

What jobs will the robots take?  (The Atlantic)

Factory jobs are gone. Get over it.  (Businessweek)

Pretty soon computer games will measure your ability to do your job.  (Justin Fox)

Why saying “do what you love, love what you do” actually degrades actual work.  (Slate)


The sharing economy and the story of the rise of Airbnb.  (WSJ)

The four typical phases of disruption.  (TechCrunch)

Box vs. Dropbox: which has a brighter future?  (stratchery)

Startup investing

What characteristics founders should look for in a VC.  (Mark Suster)

How technology is changing angel investing.  (FundersClub)

Three important trends in startup exits.  (Tomasz Tunguz)


The cloud isn’t green. (Re/code)

People are now reading long form content on their phones.  (The Atlantic)

The smart home needs to be protected from hackers.  (Technology Review)

And it needs to find a way to interconnect devices.  (The Verge)


What does having chronic anxiety mean?  (New Yorker)

Why you want beige fat cells, not white.  (Harvard Gazette)

How inactivity changes the brain.  (Well)


Why maple syrup could be a lot more abundant in the future.  (Modern Farmer)

Grilled meats are killing you.  (Slate)


The golden age for movie producers has passed.  (WSJ)

Even though the Best Picture list is long the number of actual contenders is smaller.  (Grantland)

An oral history of the movie Swingers.  (Grantland)


Why our future selves betray us. An excerpt from David DeSteno’s The Truth About Trust: How it Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning and More.  (NYTimes)

Lessons on how to build trust from Robin Dreeke author of It’s Not All About “Me: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone.  (Farnam Street)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

Professional cheerleaders are paid very little.  (The Atlantic)

Ten myths about World War One, debunked.  (BBC via kottke)

What successful people do before breakfast.  (Farnam Street, LinkedIn)

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