What We’re Reading – Week of 07/18/2014

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

NB: ($) denotes subscription site.


The cupcake shop fad has crumbled.  Crumbs Bake Shop (the only publicly traded cupcake shop chain) will file for bankruptcy.

Article via New York Business Journal


Bloomberg has a very interesting profile of the Artist Pension Trust.  It seems hard to believe that this will be a sustainable model long term, but it does make one ponder how artists can better capture the value they create.  This system has a better chance of working than Social Security/Medicare as they are structured today.

Article via Bloomberg


The fees add up for private equity investors.

Article via Financial Times ($)


Howard Marks says you can’t follow the herd to superior investment performance in his latest memo “Dare to Be Great II”

Memo via Oaktree Capital