Ritholtz's Reads: Putin's Catch-22 and Beijing's Airpocalypse

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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My post holiday party, how did I get home from Brooklyn, morning reads:

  • Putin on the Fritz (Krugman) see also Checkmate, Putin. Russia’s economy is stuck in a catch-22. (Wonkblog)
  • The World Hot Spots You’ve Never Heard of That Could Ruin 2015 (Bloomberg)
  • Bond Investors Are Skittish Over Emerging Markets (Dealbook)
  • How Obamacare helped Wall Street (MarketWatch) see also The Odd Math of Medical Tests: One Scan, Two Prices, Both High (NYT)
  • How Google and Apple Make Their Taxes Disappear (Newsweek)
  • Inside Beijing’s airpocalypse – a city made ‘almost uninhabitable’ by pollution  (The Guardian)
  • Big Idea 2015: This Year, We’ll All Get Raises (Linked In) but see As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up (Upshot)
  • Some Nonprofits Rake In Millions, But Spend Little On Good Deeds (BuzzFeed)
  • The Most Amazing Science Images Of 2014 (io9)
  • The pilots of Instagram: beautiful views from the cockpit, violating rules of the air (Quartz)

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