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!


Sometimes the hardest part of investing is just getting started.  (Pragmatic Capitalism)

Is active management a (long) con game?  (Monevator)


Teachers are not getting very good advice for their 403(b) plans.  (Malice for All)

The 401(k) scene is ripe for disruption.  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

How should Baby Boomers invest in retirement?  (Research Affiliates)

Financial advisors

Is it important your advisor be local?  (Oblivious Investor)

Just how useful are risk-tolerance questionnaires?  (Rick Ferri)

How to break up with your wealth manager.  (The Escape Artist via Monevator)

What financial advisors can learn from VCs and robo-advisors about lifetime customer values.  (Nerd’s Eye View)


12 things learned from John Malone.  (25iq)

A profile of combative Uber CEO Travis Kalnick.  (Vanity Fair)

A profile of Jeffrey Gundlach of Doubleline Capital, the new “bond king.”  (Forbes)

A profile of Snoop Dog, angel investor.  (Fast Company)


Ticketing should be a lot easier than it is.  (A VC)

Truly novel startup ideas are going attract their share of doubters.  (Mark Suster)

The startup world is not one for disagreement these days.  (Charlie O’Donnell)

Why it is a great time to raise a seed round.  (Tom Tunguz)


How the banner ad killed the Internet.  (Farhad Manjoo)

How Zillow ($Z) became a SEO beast.  (Priceonomics Blog)

Who is winning the cloud storage wars?  (Fortune)

Could ultrasound capabilities become ubiquitous?  (Technology Review)


Cities are a hotbed of big data use.  (Economist)

The “Internet of everything” is going to change how cities operate.  (Foreign Affairs)


Change your environment: maybe drugs aren’t the best treatment for ADHD.  (NYTimes)

Don’t underestimate the role of exercise in keeping your brain fit.  (Fast Company)

The air in our gyms is surprisingly toxic.  (Well)


Consumers are increasingly choosing antibiotic-free meats.  (WSJ)

In California wine country beer is the new wine.  (Fortune)

Milk may not be all that good for you.  (WashingtonPost)


David Leonhardt, “Today, it’s clear that a large swath of liberal, college-educated America has changed its mind about the wisdom of playing football.”  (NYTimes)

Is how you think about football a function of your political beliefs?  (Grantland)

The lawyer who is taking on the NFL over concussions.  (NYTimes)


Why athletes choke.  (The Atlantic)

Why do runner’s get a stitch in their sides?  (WSJ)

An except from Mark McClusky’s Faster, Higher Stronger: How Sports Science is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes on how “databall” came to the NBA.  (Wired)

How the biometric/performance revolution has transformed athletics.  (James Surowiecki)

Sports biz

Former athletes love owning franchises.  (WSJ)

Brooks Running aims to be a $1 billion company.  (Fortune)

Will Lebron be good for the Cleveland economy?  (NYTimes)


My Little Pony isn’t just for kids any more.  (NYMag)

How Shark Tank became a ratings winner.  (The Wrap)

How to fix the American movie theater.  (Daily Dot via @mediaredef)

A profile of Chris Rock on his quest for film stardom.  (New Yorker)

A conversation with Jon Stewart director of the new film Rosewater.  (NYMag)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

Podcast Friday on how ubiquitous technologies change everything.  (Abnormal Returns)

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

Mixed media

How can we learn to recognize our own ignorance and misbeliefs?  (Pacific Standard)

An excerpt from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  (Boing Boing via @ritholtz)

How Modern Farmer became a hit with the hipsters.  (New Yorker)

Why scratching an itch only makes it worse.  (New Scientist)

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