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Best of the Web: Avoiding stupidity, vegan blindspots and Tesla as psycho-drama

May 2, 2019 Bilal 0

I watched Avengers Endgame last weekend. I loved it. There’s a ton of links on articles on every aspect of the movie at the bottom of this page. Outside of that, today’s curated list includes life advice from the Stoics, how our memory works and the best way to date (for enduring relationships). On the health front, how to eat healthily at airports, dehydration issues and the benefits of dancing. In tech, Google will allow you to auto-delete history, some musings on Tesla and Microsoft and deflating the hype around the singularity. Enjoy!

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Best Of the Web: $1000 burger, what makes CEOs exceptional and our need for carbs

April 25, 2019 Bilal 0

My curated list is longer than usual as I missed a few weeks, but it’s worth the wait. On health, how carbs are helpful, fixing hip pains and our brains are shrinking. On personal life matters, some tips on how to have enduring relationships, allowing your kids to take risks and how to be a force for good in social networks. On society, how to live “zero waste”, the challenge for self-driving cars and the infiltration of surveillance tech in our lives. On the lighter side, Punjabi-Mexican cuisine, Avenger clips to see before Endgame, and Freddy Mercury as you’ve never […]

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Taxing Ultrawealthy Fails, Rent Hurts Growth, Hedging Climate Change

April 9, 2019 Bilal 0

On policy, we find US labour taxes are amongst the highest in the world if you include medical costs, US roads are falling apart, but the robots are rising and IMF needs to be reformed. On growth, avoiding the Japan trap, why trade tariffs are bad and the issue with minimum wages. On markets, credit ratings and structure finance, and how the end of fossil fuels will hurt markets. Finally check out the new 50 cent coin in Australia at the bottom.

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Best Of the Web: Matrix Anniversary, Best Airline, Most Hyped Tech

April 6, 2019 Bilal 0

Some good office-related articles from email tips to whether feedback works. On social interactions, how to compliment women, greet in Japan and how relationships have changed since the 1970s. I have some great city guides for New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. On the tech side, how Teslas can be hacked, how much internet traffic Youtube consumes and soft robots. Plus some great fun pieces at the bottom. Enjoy. The Moment The Matrix Changed Everything Writer remincesnce on the impact the movie had on him. 

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Finance and Econ From the Web: End Of American Century, Accounting For Digital Economy and Deciphering Fed Dots

April 2, 2019 Bilal 0

Some good articles on politics from Brexit guides to US religiosity to Left populism. On the macro side, I have articles on secular stagnation, nominal GDP targeting and of course Modern Monetary Theory. I have a slew of articles on investing and trading models including on momentum models, FX models and estimates of risk premia. Finally, a shocking stat on the current effective US corporate tax rate (scroll down!).

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Best Of the Web: How To Avoid Burn-out, Robots For Olympics and Underwater Hotels

March 21, 2019 Bilal 0

Good range of articles this week. On the self-improvement side: life-lessons for movie cats, how depression hits teenage boys and girls differently and the science of innovation. On the tech side: Volvo’s in-car camera to watch you, edge AI tech and US’s new exascale computer. On the fun side, 100 podcasts to listen to, most influential books of the past 20 years and silly and cruel beauty products from the past. Enjoy.

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Finance and Econ From the Web: 20 Crazy Investment Facts, Beto-Mania and Excess Chinese Savings

March 20, 2019 Bilal 0

This week, I have some good articles on monetary policy with one arguing that high US rates before 2008 pushed people into shadow financing, while another argues that recent low interest rates are leading to monopolistic industries ( Seems like central bankers can never get it right). Larger companies are also apparently weakening the wage bargaining power of workers.  To make matters worse automation will make many jobs redundant, and there’s an excellent article with shiny graphics that runs through the sectors that will decline (or grow). On markets, there’s a few articles on trading models that stood out – […]

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Best Of the Web: Best City In the World, Russians Reverse Time and Fasting Q&A

March 14, 2019 Bilal 0

This edition leans towards tech and science: why big tech is not a monopoly in the conventional sense, what happened to all those Uber-style businesses and scientists want to dim the sun. On the culture side, Captain Marvel defies trolls, do you know who Billie Eilish is and indie movies to look out for. Health-wise, you learn about the nuances of the placebo effect, sleep issues and the trouble with excessive hygiene. There’s a bunch more fascinating articles, and great pics at the bottom of the email. Enjoy.

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Finance and Econ From Web: Renaissance Technologies’ Jim Simons Talks Money, Fear Helps Econ Development and Millennials Are Not Special

March 13, 2019 Bilal 0

Some very good  pieces on investing including one: tips from the top investors, an equity trading model and the ins-and-outs of initial (crypto) coin offerings (ICOs). On the macro side, we have some good pieces on how to model financial crises, the inflation of smartphones and how debt doesn’t cause inflation. We have Mankiw writing about writing textbooks, policymakers worried about climate change and why everyone does not value university education. There’s also a bunch of articles on China including some on its currency regime and reserve management. Enjoy…

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Best Of the Web: Apps That CEOs Use, Hair Restoration, Attention Economy Is Dead

March 7, 2019 Bilal 1

Great selection of free articles this week. On the work front, bring Maria Kondo to your work space, weaponising your email, and what personality traits do CEOs have that others don’t (not what you expect). Health-wise a sobering article on the efficacy of anti-depressants, some myths exploded on healthy skin and are you self-actualised ?(take the quiz). A bunch of tech stories especially on the challenges big tech is facing (taxes, privacy), the latest developments in transport (car subscription models, e-scooters) and China’s massive new power grid. On the lighter side, free site to colourise your photos, what happened to […]