Surprising Stocks and Paying for Bad Advice

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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Spring has truly sprung: My morning view now contains greens and reds and fuchsias as I assemble these blooming morning train reads.

  • I Hate This Market, I Love This Market: The plunge and then surge of commodity prices this year shows investors have spent more time watching each other than watching the fundamentals (Wall Street Journal) but see “There are no Good Gold Analysts” (Pragmatic Capitalism)
  • The Rise of the Most Powerful Idea in Investing (Bloomberg View)
  • 180 Years of Market Drawdowns (A Wealth of Common Sense); see also How Have Stocks Fared the Past 50 Years? You’ll Be Surprised. (Motley Fool)
  • Why do we pay so much for lousy investment advice? (LA Times)
  • Vox Media Tries Something Old on Something New (New York Times); see also A Bright Side to the Financial Stumbles of Digital Media (The Upshot)
  • If you want to be like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, adopt their voracious reading habits (Quartz)
  • Why Google and car companies are about to spend billions mapping American roads (Vox); see also Facebook Aims to Drive Down Tech Prices to Expand Its Reach (NYT)
  • This is the real way big business peddles influence in Washington (Vox)
  • Ten Charts That Will Make You Rethink Tesla’s Model 3 (Bloomberg); see also The Apple Car is the company’s road to the future (Macworld)
  • Things I Find Beautiful, Useful, Or Downright Magical (Meb Faber Research)

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