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Weekend Reading | Saturday, March 12, 2022

Featured Articles: Good Writing From Around The Web

In Search of Troy

My daughter Annie is Athena in her middle school production of The Odyssey. All students of antiquity will find this very interesting.

Tim Urban on Pluralistic Ignorance

The need to belong is often stronger than the need to express a particular belief. This leads to what psychologists call pluralistic ignorance. There is a LOT of this going on right now. What beliefs do you hold that you don’t share?

Berkshire’s Performance vs. the S&P 500

Every time I read one (even if it is for the Nth time), I find a new nugget of value. Buffett’s annual letter always adds value.

Should Investors Fear Rising Public Debt?

There are many pundits and commentators out there saying that an increase in public debt is OK. For those of us who would like to see public spending increase (whatever the reason), it’s easy to want to believe this tale. But, most academic research suggests that increases to public debt are bad for economic growth. If they are right, what trade-off would you make?

Change in Common Household Types in the U.S.

Pundits are often comparing “apples” to “oranges.” When they talk about the long-term changes to “household” income, they’re talking about the number of dollars that the average household brings in. They almost never reference the changing composition of the underlying household. When you’re making comparisons with the past, this is a very important detail.


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Always reading, always learning, Jonathan hand-selects these articles for readers each week. To view Jonathan’s curated articles from previous weeks, CLICK HERE.

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