Ritholtz's Reads: ECB vs. Deflation, GOP vs. Pope

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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Good Friday morn. Heckuva week, but it's almost over. To tide you til the weekend, here are our morning train reads:

  • Behold The Carnage: Hedge Funds Most Short The Swiss Franc Since June 2013 (Zero Hedge) see also Top 10 Hedge Fund Trends for 2015 (All About Alpha)
  • 29 Charts Worth Your Time (CFA Institute)
  • U.S. companies attracted most venture capital money in 2014 since 2000 (Washington Post) but see Starved of Financing, New Businesses Are in Decline (Gallup)
  • The ECB’s (Losing) Battle Against Deflation (MoneyBeat)
  • Gold Shines as Traders Seek Safety From SNB’s Shock Move (WSJ)
  • No. Sorry. You’re Not a ‘Constitutional Conservative’ (Talking Points Memo)
  • Pope says climate change mostly man’s fault (Reuters) see also The Republican Party’s war with Pope Francis has finally started (The Week)
  • Mobile First (stratechery)
  • Technology Has Made Life Different, but Not Necessarily More Stressful (The Upshot) but see How the networked economy will change your life (Economic Forum)
  • Jimmy Page Tells the Story of “Stairway to Heaven”: How the Most Played Rock Song Came To Be (OpenCulture)

What are you reading?

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