Microsoft Wastes Billions, Investors Buy Safety

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 Tuesday morning train reads:

  • 4 Reasons Microsoft Wasted $26.2 Billion To Buy LinkedIn (Forbes); see also How Microsoft Thinks Office Can Help LinkedIn and Vice Versa (Bloomberg)
  • The Most Pessimistic Bull Market in History: Instead of chasing growth and profits, investors this year have bought into safety (Wall Street Journal)
  • 3 Lessons From Hedge Funds’ Rise and (Partial) Fall (Morningstarbut see The Hedge Fund Apocalypse (Driehaus)
  • How Aberdeen Small Cap Fund Crushes Its Peers (Barron’s)
  • A Brief Introduction to Pro-Holocaust Twitter (the Atlantic); see also To Beat Anti-Semitic Trolls Online, Some Co-Opt Their Weapons and Mock Them (New York Times)
  • 268,000 U.S. Homeowners Regained Positive Equity in Q1 (World Property Journal)
  • Dunning-Kruger effect explains Donald Trump’s popularity (Politico); see also The 100 greatest descriptions of Donald Trump’s hair ever written (Washington Post)
  • A warning on hospital mergers: After California allowed big chains to grow, prices soared (LA Times)
  • The Cost Of The B-21 Bomber Is Secret For Security Reasons, Which Is Convenient (Foxtrot Alpha); see also How Senators Quietly Voted to Keep Bomber Costs Secret (Roll Call)
  • How False Equivalence Is Distorting the 2016 Election Coverage (The Nation)

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Investors Take Flight

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