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!


Howard Marks revisits the idea of risk and why most investors get it wrong.  (Oaktree Capital)

Managed accounts could soon be an alternative to target-date funds.  (Marketwatch)

We don’t have enough CAPE data to say much of anything.  (Statistical Ideas)

Don’t teach kids more about personal finance, teach them better math skills.  (FT)


On the long rise and fast fall of Motorola.  (Chicago Magazine)

Silicon Valley is in a global battle for talent.  (Fortune)


Why Jeff Bezos is putting off profitability for Amazon ($AMZN).  (Benedict Evans)

A writer defends Amazon.  (Slate)


A profile of startup shipper Shyp.  (Wired)

How to make sense of conflicting startup advice.  (Mark Suster)

Intellectual Ventures wants to shed the patent troll stigma.  (Businessweek)

A profile of Peter Thiel on the eve of the launch of his book Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.  (Fortune)

Electric cars

Hybrid and electric car sales have stalled.  (Time)

Formula E has a problem: the cars are too quiet.  (WSJ)

The brain

Why walking helps us think.  (New Yorker)

There is no way getting around our negativity bias.  (Aeon Magazine)

Thinking straight in age of information overload. Insights from Daniel Levitin’s The Organized Mind.  (Farnam Street)


What high school juniors need to know about going to college.  (EconLog)

Ten ways that colleges work over applicants.  (Washington Monthly via MR)

A road map for MOOC success.  (Musings on Markets)


Evidence keeps building for a low carb diet.  (NYTimes)

How to get yourself to like healthy food?  (Quartz)


Why don’t public health officials admit that moderate drinking is actually good for you?  (Pacific Standard)

The world’s favorite hangover cure is coming to the US.  (Businessweek)

Are wine and exercise synergistic?  (The Atlantic)


On the myth of MLB parity.  (The Atlantic)

On the twilight of baseball.  (New Yorker)

Can the new Millionaire Chess tournament raise the profile of the game?  (NYTimes)

Why does NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell make so much darn money?  (Businessweek)


The romantic comedy is dead. Long live the indie rom com.  (Vanity Fair)

These are high times for the folks at High Times magazine.  (Washington Post)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

Why you shouldn’t watch the market intra-day.  (Abnormal Returns)

Some links to a bunch of interesting podcasts.  (Abnormal Returns)

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

Mixed media

A dozen things learned from Bill Campbell.  (25iq)

Why don’t restaurants charge for reservations?  (Priceonomics Blog)

A Q&A with Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd, and author of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.  (FiveThirtyEight)

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