What We’re Reading – Week of 05/16/2014

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

NB: ($) denotes subscription site.


Some interesting thoughts on the role “shadow banks” can play in the economy.

Article via The Economist



Cash isn’t cash when it’s overseas.  It’s cash less repatriation taxes — unless you invest in foreign assets.  Then cash is cash.  Congress should take note.

Article via Wall Street Journal ($)



It’s a good time to be a railroad operator.  If you are a customer however, that is another story.  Farmers are feeling the pinch from rail delays.

Article via Wall Street Journal ($)



Will Congress ever get around to fixing the post office?  This quarter’s loss – $1.9 billion.

Article via Time

Results from USPS


Investors in Alibaba’s IPO will have to trust Jack Ma. The NYT had a nice profile of him.

Article via NYTimes ($)