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8 Fascinating Reads

Here are 8 great articles and charts I read this week. 


Employees want job security. Their bosses couldn't care less:

A pair of new surveys released Tuesday by the firm – one of 32,000 workers worldwide and another of 1,637 human resources executives – found that employees rate job security as a critical factor when deciding whether to accept a new position or stay with their current employer. Yet for employers asked to consider the most important drivers of retention and hiring, that factor either comes dead last in a list of seven or doesn't register at all.


Vinyl record sales are exploding:

Better path

Healthcare spending is slowing and it's already shaved more than $1 trillion off projected government spending over the next decade: 



This new survey shows the state of the economy:

Half of Americans (51%) are worried they will not be able to afford anything more than the basic necessities and two in five (41%) are worried that they will not have enough money for basic necessities such as food, housing, clothes, and transport.


Corporations are people. What if people were corporations?

Home-buying would also become more attractive. Right now there are limits to how much mortgage interest humans can deduct. But if you analogize your primary residence to a "corporate headquarters" and your vacation homes to "branch offices," you can deduct the full interest on every McMansion you ever buy.


Japan is in a demographic spiral:

Last year just over 1m babies were born, far fewer than the number needed to maintain the population, which is expected to drop from 127m to around 87m by 2060. Why are young Japanese so loth to procreate?

The spiral of demographic decline is spinning faster as the number of women of child-bearing age falls. In May a report predicted that 500 or more towns across the country will disappear by around 2040 as young women migrate to bigger cities. The workforce is already shrinking, imperiling future growth. In recent years governments have embarked on a plethora of schemes to encourage childbearing, including a "women's handbook" to educate young females on the high and low points of their fertility, and state-sponsored matchmaking events.


Most people can't stand themselves

In 11 experiments involving more than 700 people, the majority of participants reported that they found it unpleasant to be alone in a room with their thoughts for just 6 to 15 minutes.


Here's a great article on Money Ball subject Billy Beane. The whole thing is fantastic. 

Have a good weekend. 



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  • Report this Comment On August 01, 2014, at 7:18 PM, MartyTheCanuck wrote:

    If people were corporations, they wouldn't need Medicare or Social Security. They then wouldn't need to pay high taxes, and could sure deduct interest on secondary homes.

  • Report this Comment On August 02, 2014, at 9:19 PM, Nolte808 wrote:

    This is one of the best columns on TMF each week.

    TMF often berates the prattle of daily updates and wasteful breathlessness of financial reporting, couldn't TMF do a modest financial version of John Oliver's This Week Tonight where he drills down (rants) on issues that are perennial, important, and largely ignored by the media with insight and humor?

    Also would be interested to see an article from you on cash position. You've stated in the past your formula for deploying cash as the market drops, but do you have a similar approach to how much cash you try to as a % of your investment portfolio. If so how did you arrive at that proportion?

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