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!


A somewhat tepid defense of hedge funds.  (AQR)

What restricts investors from exploiting long term values?  (Research Affiliates)

The Fall 2104 edition of the Graham and Dodsville newsletter is out. (Columbia GSB)

Where individual investors have an edge: an excerpt from Patrick O’Shaughnessy’s Millennial Money: How Young Investors Can Build a Fortune.  (Advisor Perspectives)

Decision making

Why do we so often skip rebalancing our portfolios?  (Vanguard blog)

Many people are intimidated by investing.  (Clear Eyes Investing)

Do financial experts actually make better financial decisions?  (The Atlantic)


Retirement, leading up to and during, is all about choices.  (ThinkAdvisor)

How much guaranteed income should a retiree strive for?  (Bob Seawright)

You’re probably not saving enough for retirement.  (Vox)


401(k) investors are not as dumb as commonly thought.  (Rekenthaler Report)

Why do so many Americans take money out of their 401(k) plans prior to retirement?  (NYTimes)

Financial advisors

Find a financial advisor that will put your interests first.  (Barry Ritholtz)

Financial advisors have a tough job: managing someone else’s emotions.  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

How financial advisors should be like ‘top doctors.’  (Larrry Swedroe)

Personal finance

Constructing portfolios is easy. Personal finance is about the hard stuff.   (Dave Nadig)

On the value of humility in financial planning.  (Bason Asset)

Don’t balance work and life, integrate them.  (Tim Maurer)


A profile of Tony Robbins, author of Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom, and CEO whisperer.  (Fortune)

Henry Blodget interviews Clay Christensen.  (Business Insider)

Lessons learned from Porsche’s rapid rise and fall.  (Priceonomics Blog)


Are entrepreneurs born or made?  (Quartz)

Can VCs make good investing decisions in the face of increasingly rapid product cycles?  (TechCrunch)


Mobile is eating the world.  (Benedict Evans)

How Apple Pay actually works.  (ArsTechnica)

Why are US internet speeds so slow?  (The Verge)

Your smartphone may soon no longer have anything resembling an app.  (Fast Company)


On the Chipotlification of American fast food.  (The Atlantic)

Young Americans are turning their backs on McDonald’s ($MCD) food.   (The Guardian)

Your shrimp may not be what you think it is.  (Wonkblog)

What do we really know about gluten?  (New Yorker)


The story of how Arvydas Sabonis almost played college basketball in the US and his son who will.  (SI)

Why rich guys like Steve Ballmer are willing to pay up for pro sports teams: tax breaks.  (FT)

How jocks and mathletes are alike.  (Nauitlus via @digg)


Everybody loves filmmaker Christopher Nolan.  (WSJ, NYTimes)

Evidence that Netflix ($NFLX) really is pulling eyeballs from traditional TV.  (Recode)

On the death of the American sitcom.  (Grantland)

How the American romantic comedy has changed over time.  (Matter)


Why is John Oliver so good?  (Lefsetz Letter)

It’s going to get ugly in media startup land.  (Rafat via @mediagazer)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

Podcast Friday features a talk with a guy who is taking on Google ($GOOG) in search.  (Abnormal Returns)

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

Mixed media

A Q&A with Atul Gawande author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End on misguided end of life health care.  (Wonkblog)

We have structured the days of high schoolers all wrong.  (WashingtonPost)

America’s bathrooms are designed all wrong.  (Pacific Standard via @slugball)

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