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!


Risk is unavoidable. So take the risks you understand and need to reach your goals.  (Morningstar)

Why alpha is becoming more elusive.  (Larry Swedroe)

The Q3 letter from GMO looks at how asset classes would react to a rise in short-term interest rates.  (GMO)

A discussion about quantitative investing with Robert Litterman.  (IMCA)

Personal finance

A profile of and explanation of the popularity of Mr. Money Mustache.  (New York)

The upside of donating appreciated stock.  (Alliance Bernstein)

We all view things through a prism of money.  (Bucks Blog)

Six tips to teach your children about money.  (The Guardian)

Who needs long-term care insurance?  (Bloomberg)


The story behind the failure of Apple ($AAPL) to make sapphire displays work.  (WSJ)

Why states love to give big tax breaks to data centers.  (WSJ)


The creative gifts of ADHD.  (Scientific American)

Your ego: why you are resistant to change.  (TheNextWeb)


Have we reached peak startup fundraising?   (Todd W. Schneider)

Venmo is on its way to kill cash.  (Businessweek)

The story of Teespring.  (Wired)

The most difficult question to ask founders.  (Hunter Walk)

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is becoming more consumer-facing, therefore it needs to solve its diversity problem.  (James Surowiecki)

Why Silicon Valley types love poker.  (Business Insider)


Americans have a troubled relationship with their thermostats.  (Wonkblog)

Expect more and more blackouts.  (Vice)


Evidence keeps piling up that exercise helps the brain.  (Well)

Nestle wants to put a true, metabolism boosting enzymes in its products.  (Bloomberg)

A lack of bacteria can make you fat.  (WSJ)

Food and drink

Climate change is going to wreak havoc on the global wine industry.  (BuzzFeed)

Water thirsty almonds are killing central California.  (BBC, 60 Minutes)

There is no way to satisfy the world’s demand for fish without farmed fish.  (WSJ)

Sous vide machines are going to be the next big kitchen appliance.  (Farhad Manjoo)


How Disney ($DIS) turned Frozen into a money machine.  (NYTimes)

Best movies of 2014 including Skeleton Twins.  (Marginal Revolution)

Everybody should chill out about the science in science fiction films.  (Slate)

America’s favorite bad movies.  (Wonkblog)


An excerpt from 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by San Francisco police sergeant Adam Plantinga.  (Speakeasy)

An excerpt from The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems—and Create More by Luke Dormehl. (Wired)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

Podcast Friday is up with a look at the growth in the medium.  (Abnormal Returns)

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

Mixed media

Brett Steenbarger, “If we don’t have goals that challenge us, what will change us?”  (TraderFeed)

Happiness is about between having too much and too little.  (Pragmatic Capitalism)

Why happiness tends to rise in your 50s.  (The Atlantic)

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