8 Fascinating Reads

Here are 8 fascinating things I read this week.


Angelo Mozilo, the former CEO of Countrywide Financial, one of the worst culprits in the subprime mortgage bubble, made a prescient call in 1991:


The S&P 500 went up 30% last year. Only 7% of Americans know this fact:

Unforeseen problems

Google is building an underwater fiber cable system that is literally being eaten by sharks:


Stocks at all-time highs is pretty common , writes Ben Carlson:


I never tire of these charts showing how poorly the average investor performs:


Warren Buffett is building up cash while the average investor is cutting it:

Cash at Berkshire Hathaway stood at just over US $55 billion at the end of June, a record high and 21/2 times the level Buffett had said in the past he liked to keep on tap to meet extraordinary claims at his insurance businesses. It was also up more than 50 percent year on year.Buffett's green pile was in sharp contrast to individual investors, who had cut cash in portfolios to 15.8 per cent, a 14-year low, the July asset allocation survey from the American Association of Individual Investors showed.


The world is getting older very quickly:

By 2020, 13 countries will be


Cullen Roche gives a good take on stock valuations:

The point is, if valuations and market perceptions are as dynamic as I believe then the history of something like CAPE really doesn't tell us much at all. After all,

Have a good weekend.

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