What We’re Reading – Week of 06/26/2015

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

NB: ($) denotes subscription site.


Can’t find enough attractive bonds?  No problem.  Just loosen your credit-rating standards.  This kind of behavior is what defines “reaching for yield.”

Article via Bloomberg


The L.A. Times has a good profile on Richard Dickson’s effort to reinvent Mattel.

Article via Los Angeles Times


The OECD says low interest rates threaten the solvency of pension funds and insurers.

Article via OECD


Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance Unit (unsurprisingly) says renewable energy options are here to stay.

Article via Bloomberg


Bill Gates makes the case for more renewable energy research because current technologies aren’t economical.

Article via Financial Times ($)


Ant Financial (which owns Alipay, the PayPal of China) did a transaction which valued it at $45 billion.  For those keeping score Jack Ma took Alipay out of Alibaba in 2011 and agreed after protests from Yahoo! to pay compensation of up to $6 billion to Alibaba if Alipay goes public.  One might say Ma and associates “stole” Alipay. 

Article via Reuters