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Barry Ritholtz

The Distraction of Investment Noise

Each new tidbit of information seems important now. But is it really?
Hand over the mouth is a good way to start thinking about what's important.

Hand over the mouth is a good way to start thinking about what's important.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/getty images

This has been a very noisy few months in terms of the information that investors have to think about.

The U.S elections have been a wild ride -- surprising and, in many ways, unprecedented. The odds that Britain will leave the European Union, and all of the negative fallout it might generate, has careened up and down in the polls. The recovery in oil prices, the weakness of corporate earnings, swings in economic data, the Zika virus, Islamic State -- all have dominated the news cycle at various times.