Ritholtz's Reads: Index Funds Are Nothing Special

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 back to the monkey house! Begin your week right with our morning train reads:

• Index Funds Are Nothing Special (A Wealth of Common Sensesee also Smart Beta’s Takeover (Chief Investment Officer)

• The New Bond Market: Bigger, Riskier and More Fragile Than Ever (WSJ)

• Dear Apple: I may rob your store (Fortune)

• How Rules on Financial Advisers Are Set to Get Tougher (WSJsee also Who’s Left to Sell U.S. Stocks? Mood Darkens Most Since Volcker (Bloomberg)

• Death and transfiguration: The golden age of the Western corporation may be coming to an end (The Economistbut see Big Tech Has Become Way Too Powerful (NYT)

• Avoiding Stupidity is Easier than Seeking Brilliance (Farnam Street)

• Take Our Solar Panels, Please! San Antonio’s Brilliant New Business Model for Renewable Energy. (Slate)

• Tesla Should Be Afraid of German Carmakers (Bloomberg View)

• The Sharp Rise of the Upper-Middle Class, in 1 Chart (CityLabbut see The Rich Get Poorer: The Myth of Dynastic Wealth (Social Science Research Network)

• Pluto ‘Wows’ in Spectacular New Backlit Panorama (NASA)

What are you reading?

Chinese Industrial Production Continues to Slide

Source: Quartz

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