Peace of Mind, Asteroids and Gold Insecurity

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 fun house. Start your week right with the finest morning train reads in the land:

  • The Evidence Against a Recession -- For Now: The economy is not crashing, despite the Federal Reserve unconventional stimulus. In fact, a number of metrics suggests 2016 may be better than 2015 (Barron’s)
  • Gold may not be as safe of a haven as you thought (USA Today)
  • Stock Investors Pay Up for Peace of Mind: Billions of dollars are pouring into funds that promise to minimize market swings -- but at a cost (Wall Street Journal)
  • The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love (Upshot)
  • People don’t trust economists anymore  (Quartz)
  • Ray Kurzweil: The world isn’t getting worse -- our information is getting better (Geek Wire)
  • Not just Ailes: At Fox News, Kisses, Innuendo, Propositions and Fears of Reprisal (New York Times); see also Roger Ailes’ Unparalleled Impact On The Public Sphere (NPR)
  • The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything (Psychology Today)
  • The FBI Built a Database That Can Catch Rapists -- Almost Nobody Uses It (ProPublica)
  • Asteroid that formed Moon’s Imbrium Basin may have been protoplanet-sized (Brown University)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview with Jack Schwager, the man who inspired this whole thing.

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