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!


28 things investors should avoid at all costs.  (Morgan Housel)

Three sentences that explain the nature of investing.  (ThinkAdvisor)

Six signs of a good investment process.  (Clear Eyes Investing)

What matters for investing…and what doesn’t.  (Vanguard)

Don’t discount the role of luck in investing.  (Morgan Housel)

Why practice doesn’t make perfect in investing.  (Canadian Couch Potato via Monevator)

When returns happen matters as much as how much.  (The Upshot)

Behavioral finance

On the relationship between market volatility and cortisol levels in traders.  (WSJ)

Why humans approach risk like squirrels.  (Bob Seawright)

Our behavioral biases are not a single problem with a single solution.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

There are peer effects when it comes to asset allocation.  (CXO Advisory)


Why behavioral economists recommend you diversify your portfolio.  (Noah Smith)

Diversification works over the time frame that matters: the long run.  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

On the dangers of having all your investment eggs in your startup basket.  (Brett Arends)

Personal finance

Just because you hire a financial advisor doesn’t mean you can stop thinking.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

Most employees don’t feel comfortable managing their 401(k) account.  (Time)


A profile of LinkedIn ($LNKD) CEO Jeff Weiner.  (Fortune)

Remember when Yahoo ($YHOO) ruled the Internet?  (Priceonomics Blog)


Kevin Kelly, “Right now, today, in 2014 is the best time to start something on the internet.”  (Medium)

A profile of payments startup Stripe.  (Wired)

How the structure of the venture capital industry has changed.  (a16z)

Can  an algorithm find founders before they actually become founders?  (Fortune)

Most venture capitalists are full of BS.  (Feld Thoughts)

Should you invest in a hot deal?  (Points and Figures)


The security of the USB drive is broken.  (Wired)

The app market is becoming mature and commoditized.  (Marco Ament)

More on the challenges facing independent iOS developers(stratechery)


The lonely brain is different than the non-lonely brain.  (Medium)

You’d be happier if you talked to strangers more often.  (Discover)

Where do our earliest memories go?  (Aeon)

Nine things to know about reviving the recently dead.  (Wired)


The only thing worse than getting a PhD is not finishing one.  (Slate)

What is the purpose of Ivy League institutions?  (The Epicurean Dealmaker)


Milk from grass-fed cows is now a thing.  (WSJ)

The myth of truffle oil.  (Priceonomics Blog)

Can ‘healthy’ fast food make a go of it?  (NYTimes)

New York chefs are fleeing in search of cheaper rents and their own restaurants.  (NYTimes)


Meet the sole craft brewer in Mississippi.  (Businessweek)

Your craft-distilled whiskey may have been made in an industrial grade distillery in Indiana.  (The Daily Beast)


NFL players are increasingly turning to overseas, unapproved stem cell treatments.  (SI)

More on A-Rod’s doping habits from Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts’ Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era.  (Medium)


HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is awesome. (Slate)


Earlier on Abnormal Returns

There really has never been a better time to be an individual investor.  (Big Picture)

What books Abnormal Returns readers purchased in July 2014.  (Abnormal Returns)

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

Mixed media

A dozen things learned from Jim Breyer.  (25iq)

Why Fairchild Semiconductor was so important to the development of Silicon Valley.  (TechCrunch)

The path to driverless cars is going to have to come to terms with humanity’s quirks.  (Tim Harford)

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