Top 5 Reads of the Week | June 12, 2019

Top 5 Reads of the Week | The AtlanticBetter Schools Won’t Fix America
by Nick Hanauer | The Atlantic

“To be clear: We should do everything we can to improve our public schools. But our education system can’t compensate for the ways our economic system is failing Americans. Even the most thoughtful and well-intentioned school-reform program can’t improve educational outcomes if it ignores the single greatest driver of student achievement: household income.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week | WSJFive Myths About Commodities Investing
by Suzanne McGee | The Wall Street Journal

“But unlike stocks and bonds, commodities don’t generate earnings, produce dividends or deliver interest income. Instead, to make money, you need a supply/demand imbalance to materialize in one or many different markets (corn, wheat, coffee, copper, etc.). That kind of imbalance, as well as its impact on prices, is notoriously difficult to predict, and often produces significant volatility that can unnerve investors.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week | WIREDA Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally
Gets a Real Test

by Daniel Oberhaus | WIRED

“Over the past few years, however, a handful of research teams, including one from NASA, claim to have successfully produced thrust with an EmDrive. If true, it would amount to one of the biggest breakthroughs in the history of space exploration. The problem is that the thrust observed in these experiments is so small that it’s hard to tell if it’s real.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week | WSJThe Deal Hidden in Your 401(k)
by Jason Zweig | The Wall Street Journal

“How valid are those assumptions? Although people may well earn lower income in retirement than when they were working full time, they often don’t end up in a significantly lower tax bracket, says Joel Dickson, a tax and investment strategist at Vanguard Group.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week | NY Times

Buildings Can Be Designed to Withstand
Earthquakes. Why Doesn’t the U.S. Build
More of Them?

by Thomas Fuller, Anjali Singhvi, Mika Gröndahl and
Derek Watkins | The New York Times

“The two approaches reflect different attitudes toward risk, the role of government and collective social responsibility. Analogous to America’s debate over health insurance, the American philosophy has been to make more resilient buildings an individual choice, not a government mandate.”