What We’re Reading – Week of 01/09/2015

Below you will find the articles on economics, investing, and finance that we found most interesting for the week.

NB: ($) denotes subscription site.


Investors hunt for permanent capital to provide them with a competitive advantage.

Article via Financial Times ($)


There is a healthy debate about how well Texas will weather the storm brought by plunging oil prices.

Article via Wall Street Journal ($)


Data from your smart phone can help diagnose health issues –  but also brings privacy concerns.

Article from Wall Street Journal ($)


A profile of activist investor du jour, Bill Ackman.

Article via Bloomberg


Eight years after Europe did it, the FDA is finally paving the way for generic biological drugs.  Could the FDA be partly responsible for the unusually high cost of care in the United States?

Article via Bloomberg


Peer to peer insurance: a new twist on the old mutual insurance model.

Article via Financial Times ($)


Kyle Bass plans to invalidate big pharma patents and save consumers money (while making some for himself via shorts of the companies whose patents he plans to invalidate).  This idea definitely takes the concept of “activist shorting” to a whole new level.

Article via Business Insider


TaKaDu uses software and sensors to prevent water leaks in Israel.  Conservation is one solution to resource scarcity.

Article via Businessweek