Best Reads of the Week

Here are a few of the best things we read this week.

Lump sum or monthly payment?

The Wall Street Journal poses two scenarios and examines the behavioral illusions behind both answers. 

Instead of focusing our attention on small daily fluctuations in overall wealth—such changes rarely matter anyway—they should encourage us to think about how our savings will impact our lifestyle in retirement. Will we have to cut back? Or can we still afford the life we want?


Understanding the Financial News

Barry Ritholtz breaks down the best ways to consume financial headlines.

You need to develop your own version of the Pulitzers, reading those who add value and insight and skip those who don’t (or worse, mislead).


“What We Said When the World Changed”

This is a fascinating look at how society sees innovation as it’s happening in real time. By digging through old newspaper clippings, Morgan Housel illustrates how resistant we can be to major developments.  


"10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings"

Maria Popova looks back on the first decade of her fantastic blog, Brain Pickings.