Distractions, Art, Gymnastics and Crashes

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 way-too-early morning train car reads:

  • The Great Productivity Puzzle (New Yorker)
  • Distractions Cost Investors 115% (the Irrelevant Investor); see also 401(k) balances increased very little in the last 10 years (MarketWatch)
  • Researchers crack open unusually advanced malware that hid for 5 years (Ars Technica)
  • Gold-backed dollar? This is what happened the last time we tried (MarketWatch)
  • What’s Really Wrong With the Unemployment Rate (Bloomberg View)
  • Museum economics: how the contemporary art boom is hurting the bottom line (the Conversation)
  • How the U.S. Crushed the Competition in the Women’s Gymnastics Team Final (New York Times)
  • Thanks to This Man, Airplanes Don’t Crash Into Mountains Anymore (Bloomberg)
  • Donald Trump’s Own “Birther Moment” (the Daily Beast); see also Trump disagrees with every position held by Trump (BoingBoing)
  • I Used Facebook To Buy A Gun (BuzzFeed)

What are you reading?

Austerity Starts to Fade

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