Weekly Reading List: Matthew Russo


watchLAB’s Weekly Reading List is here again with with the economics of soccer, some strange tax facts, the danger of modern technology, the impact of a weekly meetings, and how what you say can effect how much you save.

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

1) The history of global economics . . . in football shirts

Found on The Guardian, by Sean Farrell and George Arnett

Have you ever noticed those gaudy sponsors emblazoned across the front, back, and even shorts and socks of football (or, for us Americans, soccer) jerseys? This article examines how worldwide economic trends are reflected in the shirt sponsorships of English Premier League clubs. In particular, they discuss events over the past two decades, including the rise and fall of Japanese electronics companies in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, as well as the effects of the financial crisis from 2007 to 2009.


2) The Six Weirdest Tax Loopholes

Found on Bloomberg Business

With tax season in full swing, Bloomberg looks at some of the strangest loopholes in the United States incredibly complex tax code.


3) Not in front of the telly: Warning over ‘listening’ TVs

Found on BBC

If you think Friday the 13th is scary, imagine if every word and conversation that you have inside your own home was recorded. Now, stop imagining because this is reality for anyone who owns a Samsung voice controlled Smart TV. Conjuring images of George Orwell’s 1984, this BBC report explains how Samsung TVs “listen,” record, and send data to Samsung and other third parties when voice control is enabled.


4) This Weekly Meeting Took Up 300,000 Hours a Year

Found on Harvard Business Reviewby Michael C. Mankins

Meet much?


5) Could your language affect your ability to save money?

Found on TED,  by Kieth Chen

Behavioral economist Keith Chen suggests that the way your language refers to “the future” significantly influences your attitudes and actions. He correlates the grammars of different languages with a propensity to save (or to not save) money in this intriguing TED talk.


This is watchLAB saying, “Keep on reading, and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!”

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