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!


Volatility is less important than our reaction to it.  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

On the prospects for the low volatility effect.  (Research Affiliates)

What freestyle chess tells about the advantages of combining fundamental and quantitative methods.  (Credit Suisse)

Does high frequency trading a good thing for the financial system?  (London Review of Books)

What Guy Spiers, author of The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment, learned from paying $650,000 for lunch with Warren Buffett.  (Marketwatch)

Personal finance

Jesse Felder, “I’d say that anything more than 0.25% for “managing” a passive portfolio of index ETFs these days is obscene (it’s not even really “managing” if it’s passive – more like “overseeing”).”  (The Felder Report)

Demand for financial advice is not going away.  (Big Picture)

What type of financial advisor works for you?  (Simon Lack)

Just what are the real world benefits from tax loss harvesting?  (ETF)


Things you should the know the difference between.  (Morgan Housel)

Three mistakes one investor made.  (Vanguard Blog)


How Blackstone ($BX) made a bundle on the Hilton ($HLT) buyout.  (Businessweek)

The era of platforms makes old valuation techniques obsolete.  (Fred Destin)


How Andreessen Horowitz became the dominant venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.  (Medium)

Exploding offers suck.  (Y Combinator)

In praise of bootstrapping or the myth of venture capital.  (Recode)

Why founders and VCs should stay in touch even if the VC said no.  (Hunter Walk)


The downside of the cloud: power-hungry data centers.  (FT Alphaville)

ABDs are finding a home in Silicon Valley.  (CNN)


Superglues are allowing for lighter cars.  (WSJ)

America has fallen out of love with the station wagon.  (Quartz)


The US intelligence community is looking for new ways to forecast events.  (WSJ)

Why our search for falsifying facts often fall short.  (Above the Market)


A profile of United Therapeutics ($UTHR) CEO Martine Rothblatt.  (New York)

There is little evidence that taking vitamins helps health.  (FiveThirtyEight)

Thinking about Alzheimer’s disease as Type 3 diabetes.  (Big Think)

Time management

The complete guide to being on time.  (Quartz)

Four ways to be a better time manager.  (Scientific American)

Three steps for eliminating bad habits.  (Fast Company)


Food festivals are disgusting.  (Slate)

Why do Americans continue to eat Red Delicious apples?  (Quartz)

Cold cereal sales are in secular decline.  (NYTimes)

Why most of your honey is clover honey.  (Slate)

Want a good meal? Dine early at a restaurant.  (Marginal Revolution)

What professions drink the most coffee?  (Guardian)


Want to fix the Ivy League? Rely on standardized testing.  (Steven Pinker)

Why don’t more men go into teaching?  (NYTimes)

Why it’s time to put the laptops away when class starts.  (Clay Shirky)

Harvard is a big hedge fund with a university attached.  (American Conservative)

The payoff to being a math person has never been higher.  (HBR)


Running the mile is the new marathon.  (WSJ)

Football exists almost in a parallel world these days.  (New Inquiry)

On the (small) renaissance in pinball.  (WSJ)


Why Schoolhouse Rock was so brilliant.  (The Daily Beast)

Why everyone should read Harry Potter.  (Scientific American)

A profile of Ryan Adams on the cusp of 40.  (BuzzFeed)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

Podcast Friday featuring Peter Thiel.  (Abnormal Returns)

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

Mixed media

A dozen things learned from Josh Brown.  (25iq)

Your iPod used to say a lot about who you are.  (Wired)

When did Americans decide to stop growing up?  (NYTimes)

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