Weekend Reads: Track Your Shirt’s Origin Through DNA

Little molecules are released into the cotton and permanently bind to it. From this point onward, it is possible to place a piece of cotton or fabric under a simple DNA scanner to see whether the marker is present. “This concept of using DNA tagging and following it throughout the supply chain is encapsulated in what our brand is trying to do,” Greenstein says. “It’s a trust mark that is meant to educate the American consumer about the source of the material.”

Did People Suffer for your Cotton Shirt? DNA Tagging Let’s You Track It’s Origin – (Fast Company)


A few “superstar firms” have grown to dominate their industries, crowding out competitors and controlling markets to a degree not seen in many decades.

Disturbing New Facts About American Capitalism – (Wall Street Journal)


The American quartet’s combined market value closed above $1 trillion for the first time last month,

The Four Biggest U.S. Banks Top $1 Trillion – (Bloomberg)


How much auto debt is there? According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, about $1.16 trillion. The value of U.S. auto loans in the fourth quarter reached about 9.2 percent of all household debt, the highest share in data going back more than a decade.

Why America’s Auto Debt Boom Fuels Bubble Talk: — (Bloomberg)


At 50, Asness is today also a billionaire. His net worth is estimated at $3 billion. Two of his fellow AQR co-founders, David Kabiller and John Liew, are each worth $1 billion, making AQR one of the few Wall Street firms to mint three billionaires.

How Cliff Asness Became A Billionaire By Building A Kind Of Vanguard Of Hedge Funds – (Forbes)


When I called Gentile, it was as though he’d been waiting for me. He said he had an amazing story to tell, promising that it included celebrities and a government coverup. “Remember the movie American Hustle? It’s kind of like that, with way more dirt and twists and f—ed-up shit,” he said.

‘Bro, I’m Going Rogue’: The Wall Street Informant Who Double-Crossed the FBI – (Bloomberg)


If the new fad catches on, it’s easy to see how hedge funds will start attracting money again.

Hedge Funds’ Win-or-Die Bet – (Bloomberg)


Chicago ranked seventh overall in percentage of living-at-home Millennials,

Nearly 40 Percent Of Millennials In Chicago Area Live At Home: Study – (Chicagoist)


The periodic table/quilt doesn’t show the magnitude of the moves all that well (which really is the most important part of the chart in our opinion).

The Alternative Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns – (RCM’s Attain Alternatives Blog)


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Why Belle Should Have Chosen Gaston – (Observer)



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