Ritholtz's Reads: Cancer and Corporate Raiders

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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Welcome to the weekend, and the beginning of the end of winter. To celebrate, pour yourself a strong cup of coffee, and enjoy our long-form Saturday morning reads: 

  • The East India Company: The Original Corporate Raiders (The Guardian)
  • Marissa Mayer Has Completed Step One (Medium)
  • Are Humans Getting Cleverer? IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What’s behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents? (BBC)
  • Top MLB Prospect Lives by His Own Rules -- in a Van (ESPN)
  • Life After Cancer: How the iPhone Helped Me Achieve a Healthier Lifestyle (MacStories)
  • One Nerd to Rule Them All: One app to find them, and a million dollars of in-app purchases every day to bring them all and in the darkness bind them (Bloomberg)
  • Should You Fact-Check Your Grandma’s Facebook Posts? (Aeon)
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Tracing the Mysterious Path to Disappearance (GQ)
  • The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of ‘Friends’ (Wired)
  • People Have Been Routinely Put to Death Over the Most Absurd -- and False -- Allegations Imaginable. (Priceonomics)

Be sure to check out this week’s Masters in Business. which features Michelle Meyer, an economist with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Number of ultra-rich swells to almost 173,000

Source: The Guardian

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Barry L Ritholtz at britholtz3@bloomberg.net

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