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!


The benefits of international diversification only comes to those with discipline.  (Larry Swedroe)

On the biology of risk and why some uncertainty helps dampen the chance of bubbles.  (NYTimes)

How bear markets affect our decision making.  (Jason Zweig)

Two simple truths about money that we often get wrong.  (Jonathan Clements)

Personal finance

Tim Richards, “There is no such thing as a Safe Withdrawal Rate and believing otherwise is dangerous.”  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

A look at the fierce battle to manage money for the ultrawealthy.  (Dealbook)

Why a fiduciary standard for brokers is proving so difficult to implement.  (NYTimes)

Savings trumps investing. A positive review for Richard Syrop’s Effortless Savings: A Step-by-Step Guidebook to Saving Money Without Sacrifice.  (Aleph Blog)


Seamless computing experiences are rare: Apple ($AAPL) seems to be the only player who can do that now.  (Daring Fireball)

An excerpt from Robert X. Cringely’s new e-book, The Decline and Fall of IBM.  (Recode)

Why Tesla Motors ($TSLA) was smart to share its portfolio of patents.  (HBR)


The ascent of early stage venture capital.  (TechCrunch)

Does too much experience turn off Silicon Valley startups?  (Recode)

Why startups don’t announce their fundings any more.  (Hunter Walk)

Too much of a good thing: when entrepreneurs raise too much money for their startups too soon.  (Forbes)

Tomasz Tunguz, “Raising larger seed rounds improve the odds that a startup will be able to raise a series A.”  (Tom Tunguz)


Theranos is set to disrupt the market for diagnostic laboratory services.  (Fortune)

The real 10 algorithms that rule the world.  (Medium)


How to get your kids to eat more veggies.  (NYTimes)

Traditional supermarkets are getting crushed.  (Quartz)


A deep dive into the burgeoning world of buying shares in professional athletes.  (SumZero)

On the dangers of overspecialization in youth sports.  (NYTimes)

How much physical activity do you really need?  (Gizmodo)


Bill Gates is a big fan of Vaclav Smil and his book Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization.  (Quartz)

We are not all that unique. A look at Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves by Laurel Braitman.  (Brain Pickings)

An interview with Kate Kelly author of  The Secret Club that Runs the World: Inside the Fraternity of Commodity Traders.  (NPR)


Why it is pointless to argue about movies.  (Priceonomics Blog)

Consumers now expect their music to be free.  (David Carr)

Felix Salmon talks (for a long time) with Jonah Peretti about new media.  (Medium)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

America’s booze laws make no sense.  (Slate)

Should restaurants sell tickets instead of offering reservations?  (kottke)

For the environment’s sake your next sweater should be alpaca not cashmere.  (Quartz)

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