Hot Links: Juicing Returns Posted September 24, 2014 by Joshua M Brown What I'm reading this morning: India launches a spacecraft into the atmosphere of Mars - for less than the Hollywood budget of Sandra Bullock's 'Gravity' (New York Times) Starbucks is buying out its Japanese franchisee for almost a billion bucks. (Financial Times) Regulators want to know if PIMCO's been juicing the returns of its Total Return ETF (Wall Street Journal) Is A Market Top Forming? 6 Things To Watch For (See It Market) Larry Swedroe: Will factor tilts help your portfolio weather a recession? (ETF.com) What if I told you the Death Cross was more bullish for stocks than the Golden Cross? (Irrelevant Investor) ...and actually, a Death Cross is almost always a lagging signal, occurring after damage has already been done. (Dragonfly Capital) The yen-hedged Japanese equity trade is doing just fine, thank you very much. (ETF.com) Howard Gold looks at how stocks act ahead of and during the first rate hike. (MarketWatch) 2 & 20 is deader than disco. (Pragmatic Capitalism) These are the 12 worst financial advisors in America (ThinkAdvisor) Ben Carlson: My Experience with CDOs & The Real Estate Bubble (A Wealth of Common Sense) Robinhood, the free stock-trading app, raises $13 million to build out the company. (TechCrunch) The American Middle Class Hasn’t Gotten A Raise In 15 Years (FiveThirtyEight) 22 charts and maps to blow your mind (Vox) Walking Dead star Normal Reedus on finding success late, generally killing it. (GQ) "the training of laboratory rats to trade in foreign exchange and commodity futures markets, the rats 'outperformed some of the world’s leading human fund managers.'" (Enlightened Economist) Now go talk about it. facebook twitter linkedin Read this next.April 30, 2012 The Trick is to Survive: Jeff Saut Channels Peter BernsteinOctober 27, 2011 The Risk-Off Crowd: Like a Jew on ChristmasNovember 7, 2009 Guess How Many Millionaires in Congress?