Ritholtz's Reads: Explaining Beanie Baby Madness

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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Is the week over already? Here are my pre-nonfarm payroll morning train reads:

  • Plush Life: Why did people lose their minds over Beanie Babies? (Slate)
  • Dimensions of Popularity: The Journal of Portfolio Management (IIJ)
  • Diversification: From Free Lunch to Greedy Fee-Eater? (Chief Investment Officer)
  • What on earth is the ECB up to? (Coppola Comment)
  • UH-OH Dominic Rossi: Why S&P 500 can reach the 3,000 level by 2020 (FT)
  • You Have No Idea What Happened. Literally.  (New Yorker)
  • This is Your Brain on Twitter (Medium)
  • Meet the crunchy, chemical-hating anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists. From 100 years ago. (WonkBlogsee also Anti-Vaxxers Are as American as Apple Pie (Daily Beast)
  • The GOP should become the Party of Math (The Week)
  • The new Bob Dylan album is a tour de force of restrained genius (GQ)

Be sure to check out this week’s Masters in Business radio podcast with Westwood Capital’s Dan Alpert.

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