Ritholtz's Reads: Fiduciary Standards and Negative Power

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 organic morning-train reads:

  • What Do Share Buybacks Really Tell Us About the Stock Market? (Wealth of Common Sense)
  • Conflict of Interest Rule Could Save Americans Billions in Retirement: Fiduciary standard will force brokers to do what’s best for clients instead of looking out for themselves (Bloomberg), but see Wall Street Dodged a Bullet on the Retirement Fiduciary Rule (Fortune)
  • What Were They Thinking? The problem with studying the past. (Motley Fool)
  • Blame low gas prices: "Americans took about 150 million fewer bus rides last year, but boarded trains in slightly higher numbers than in 2014." (Real Time Economics)
  • Why Are Voters Angry? It’s the 1099 Economy, Stupid. (New Republic)
  • One Thing California, Texas Have in Common Is Negative Power (Bloomberg), but see Why the sun-drenched state of Texas isn’t No. 1 in solar energy (Dallas Morning News)
  • Secrets of the Yahoo Sale ‘Book’ Reveal Financial Meltdown and Big Bet on Mobile Voice Search (Re/code)
  • When a New Cell Phone Almost Ruins Your Relationship (MEL)
  • CERN Is Seeking Secrets of the Universe, or Maybe Opening the Portals of Hell (WSJ)
  • Seeing things that aren’t there: Seeing animals in clouds, or a face in the moon, are examples of pareidolia. Look here for photos and to test your own ability to see things that aren’t there. (EarthSky)

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Solar and Wind Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

Source: Bloomberg

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