Ritholtz's 10 Friday Reads: Financial Charlatans and Good Looks

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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The workweek is almost over, and not a moment too soon:

  • Pseudo-Mathematics and Financial Charlatanism (EurekAlert)
  • Irrelevant Investor: Four Brilliant Ways to Invest (Reformed Broker)
  • Let's Stop Talking About HFT for a Little While (Math Babe)
  • Bubble Bursting? Only for Biotech and Internet Stocks (Black Rock) see also Investors Want More . . . Investment (Pragmatic Capitalism)
  • Wolf: Only the Ignorant Live in Fear of Hyperinflation (FT)
  • How Western Is Germany? Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict (Spiegel)
  • Why Do Investors Make Bad Choices? (BV)
  • Being Really, Really, Ridiculously Good Looking (Priceonomics)
  • 900 Years of Tree Diagrams, the Most Important Data Viz Tool in History (Wired)
  • Why Stephen Colbert Is the Perfect David Letterman Replacement (Hollywood Reporter) see also Stephen Colbert's Replacement: A Question Even Bigger Than Letterman's (Mashable)

What's up for the weekend?

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