The Happiest Year, Rising Rates

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 New Year’s Day reads to help you through the day after:

• In 2014 I learned that…(Reformed Broker)

• Why 2015 might well be mankind’s happiest year (Spectator)

• The Middle East: Gone as we know it (Al Jazeera). See also, Oil finishes a rough 2014, down 46 percent (MarketWatch)

• Unhedged predictions for CIOs in 2015 (Chief Investment Officer)

• What if rates finally rise? (Barron’s)

• An unserious look at the year ahead: Will Vladimir Putin pose naked to win back Russian affections? Will the iPhone 7 crumble to dust when touched? Will Gisele Bundchen gripe if Tom Brady loses another Super Bowl? Will China buy Venezuela? (WSJ). See also, What the economic forecasters got right -- and wrong -- in 2014 (Real Time Economics)

• Five ways Obama can mess with Republicans in 2015 (Bloomberg Politics)

• The tech that will change your life in 2015 (WSJ)

• Our new pro-science pontiff: Pope Francis on climate change, evolution and the big bang (Wonkblog)

• Why are resolutions so hard to follow?  Willpower isn’t the only determinant of resolution success (Fast Company). See also, How to keep your new year’s resolutions (Bloomberg View)

What are you doing to start your New Year?

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