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!


Despite low interest rates: why cash isn’t trash.  (Morgan Housel)

If you could start your portfolio from scratch would you still own the same thing?  (Jonathan Clements)

Even ‘passive portfolios‘ require active decisions.  (Bason Asset)

Can you really compare the income from bonds and stocks?  (Alliance Bernstein)

Financial advisory

Can an algorithm be a fiduciary?  (Reuters)

What advisors can learn from the robo-advisors.  (ThinkAdvisor)

How an “extreme scarcity” mindset can hit financial advisory clients.  (Nerd’s Eye View)


An insider’s account of the Yahoo ($YHOO)-Alibaba deal.  (HBR)

Why Apple ($AAPL) and Tesla ($TSLA) are attracted to Reno.  (GigaOM)

Why companies need to have CEOs who understand the technologies underlying their competitive advantages.  (Justin Fox)

A Q&A on Honda’s global success with Jeffrey Rothfeder author of Driving Honda: Inside the World’s Most Innovative Car Company.  (Washington Post)


Venture outcomes are more skewed than you think.  (Seth Levine)

E-mail is getting unbundled.  (The Atlantic)


Transcranial direct current stimulation is the frontier of brain hacking.  (Business Insider)

Does sunscreen prevent cancer or cause it?  (FiveThirtyEight)


How successful people stay calm.  (LinkedIn)

Why you occasionally need to hit the reset button in your brain.  (NYTimes)

Why we are unwilling to look for disconfirming evidence.  (Above the Market)

Why it is so hard to catch your own typos.  (Wired)

Food and drink

America no longer loves potatoes.  (WSJ)

How rye whiskey made a comeback.  (The Atlantic)


The NCAA is a hot mess.  (Grantland)

Why Olympic athletes are learning to hold their breath underwater.  (WSJ)

On the downside of running with others.  (Well)

What makes Nigel Richards the best Scrabble player on earth.  (FiveThirtyEight update ibid)

Why does San Francisco have so many golf courses?  (Priceonomics Blog)


What happens when you enter the witness protection program.   (Priceonomics Blog)

Why auto theft went by the wayside.  (The Upshot)


Europe is going country…music that is.  (WSJ)

A talk with Whit Stillman twenty years after Barcelona.  (The Daily Beast)

How Amazon ($AMZN) is iterating its moves into original video programming.  (Quartz)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

A dozen things learned from Helen Roizen.  (25iq)

A profile of Warren Buffett’s favorite Chicago-based investment banker Byron Trott. (Bloomberg)

How fracking could help geothermal energy take off.  (Scientific American)

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