News Junkies, Climate Denial and Demons

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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It's time for our organic, free-range, artisanal morning train reads:

  • Why Uncertainty Isn’t the Real Threat for Markets: Used to uncertainty by now, they might have more to fear from clarity (Wall Street Journal)
  • Who Bought U.S. Stocks After 2008? Don’t look close to home for the answer. (Morningstar)
  • Reclaiming the Idea of Shareholder Value (Harvard Business Review)
  • Why Pensions’ Last Defense Is Eroding (WSJ); see also Why public-sector pension plans take more risk (the Economist)
  • The Complete List of Unicorn Companies (CB Insights)
  • Churnicle factories: How publications are committing harakari! (Om)
  • Five ways your brain is fooling you, courtesy of neuroscientist Dean Burnett (National Post)
  • This Insane DNC Is the Convention the Internet Made (Wired); see also Why News Junkies Are So Glum About Politics, Economics, and Everything Else (the Atlantic)
  • The Remarkable Inconsistency Of Climate Denial (NPR)
  • Why I’m Supporting the Demonic Creature That Emerged From the Depths of Hell In This Year’s Presidential Election. (McSweeney’s)

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