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The Best Articles of the Week – 05/13/16

Food for Thought:

  1. WSJ – Hard Truths About Race on Campus.  After recent protests, universities are scrambling to expand diversity programs that will only heighten tensions. There are better paths to racial justice in higher education.
  2. WSJ – The Rolling Stones’ Guide to Business Success.  The band is among the most dynamic, profitable and durable corporations in the world. Five lessons for CEOs and entrepreneurs.
  3. NYTimes – Man vs. Marathon.  One man’s quest to break the 2-hour marathon barrier.
  4. Medium – What are people working on in coffee shops?
  5. NYP – Why you hear ‘phantom vibrations’ coming from your phone
Business/Economics:

  1. Economist – The coming debt bust.  It is a question of when, not if, real trouble will hit in China.
  2. Marketwatch – I dissected the S&P 500, and this is what I found.  It’s dangerously narrow: Just 50 stocks account for half of the S&P.
  3. AICIO – The Inconsistent Contrarians.  Research indicates that pension funds are much better at buying low than they are at selling high.
  4. NYTimes – Lending Club, a Story Stock That Skimped on the Details
  5. WSJ – An Investment Banker’s Worst Nightmare.  More companies are deciding to do without bankers when they make acquisitions
Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. WSJ – Tech-Savvy Families Use Home-Built Diabetes Device.  Companies work on artificial pancreas, but approval process is too long for many patients
  2. WSJ – Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot.  Students mostly couldn’t tell ‘Jill Watson’ wasn’t human.
  3. BI – A Wall Street guide to watches
  4. CNBC –There’s $6 Billion Being Wasted in America’s Spare Bedrooms. If Americans put their spare bedrooms to use as rentals—rather than junk rooms, man caves or craft stations—they could pocket as much as $6.2 billion a week.
  5. WSJ – Are You the Family Tech Support?  Adult children of baby boomers often find themselves in a role they never asked for—the round-the-clock IT expert for aging electronic-gadget enthusiasts

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