Ritholtz's Reads: Economics of Christmas Presents

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 merry merry, happy happy morning reads:

• Economists Say ‘Bah! Humbug!’ to Christmas Presents (WSJ)

• Amazon Dominated Nearly Everything This Year (New Republic)

• How Steph Curry, LeBron James and the NBA Stole Christmas (Bloomberg)

• Slowly and Unspectacularly, the U.S. Economy Chugs Toward 2016 (Fiscal Times)

• Why our Christmas music is still stuck in the ’50s (Wonkblogsee also Why ‘White Christmas’ is the original Christmas No. 1 (Spectator)

• Obama’s effort to ‘nudge’ America: The government tried using behavioral science to shape people’s behavior. Here’s what happened. (Politico)

• Creating The World’s Greatest Anagram (Priceonomics)

• The Science Behind a Chocolate Funk (Bloomberg View)

• The Christmas the Aliens Didn’t Come: What a failed doomsday prophecy taught psychologists about the nature of belief (The Atlantic)

• Santa’s Privacy Policy. (McSweeney’s)

What presents are you opening?

Upbeat consumers, glum businesses

Source: WSJ

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