Weekend Reading Links 9/29/17

It has been an exciting and productive week, and now I hoping to find some downtime to get caught up on reading.  However, I have a deck to stain, a finance class to prepare for, and of course, some kids to hang out with.  I’m entering a very busy time of year, but plan to keep getting blog posts out as I am able to.


So, without further ado, here are some of the more interesting things I read this week.  Let me know if you’ve come across anything interesting that I’ve missed!


One of the greatest ads I’ve ever seen, deconstructed. – A Ski Resort Used a 1-Star Review in its (Brilliant) ads, so Now I’m Inspired


This short article from Marc Zao-Sanders, CEO of filtered.com, writing in the Harvard Business Review, is a must read for all the ambitious types who want to be more efficient with their learning. – A 2×2 Matrix to Help You Prioritize the Skills to Learn Right Now


With all the social commentary this week around the anthem protests and the NFL here are a couple of important pieces.


This video is the AirForce Academy response to racism, a must watch – USAFA superintendent: “Grab Your Phones”


Bret Stephens (@BretStephensNYT) is one of the greatest editorial writers of our generation.  This article is text from a speech he gave in Australia but it perfectly sums up one of the problems our society faces today.  I’m such a fan of Bret’s precisely because although I disagree with a lot of what he says, he argues his points so well.  This is one of his articles that I can say I support 100%.  The Dying Art of Disagreement   


Finance and Markets:

Some excellent myth-busting from Ben Carlson (@awealthofcs) – Some Market Myths Hurt Investors


The always great Morgan Housel (@morganhousel) on some of the mental difficulties of wealth and happiness. – Saving Money and Running Backwards


For the investment savvy folks out there, I had to post a link to this thread from finance twitter user extraordinaire, ValueTrap (@ValueTrap13).  I have cited the “Stocks Cheap Relative to Bonds” rationale for staying fully invested in this market, but this thread has made seriously question that. – https://twitter.com/Valuetrap13/status/913803844156567553


Anyone who has followed me on Twitter or reads the blog knows I don’t hold much enthusiasm for cryptocurrencies.  I think the users are mostly speculators hoping to get rich (make more DOLLARS), or drug dealers and human traffickers who need to finance their crimes online anonymously.  I read a lot of articles from the acolytes who argue why bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will take over the world, but this is a quick, smart take from Perry Mehrling (@PMehrling) on one of the major reality checks – Cryptos Fear Credit   


Of course, I’m a sucker for a book list.  I would be curious if some of the business women I know would agree with this one – 5 books for young business women


That’s all for this week!  Have a great weekend and let me know what you think.