Scrambling for Yield and Black Swan Elections

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 to the working week. Kick it off right with some Elvis-friendly morning train reads:

• In Scramble for Yield, Pension Funds Will Try Almost Anything (WSJ)

• Volatility deliberations (Statistical Ideas)

• A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Naval Ravikant about Investing, Business and Startups (25iq)

•  Robo-Advisors Risk Ruining Their Initial Appeal (Barron’s)

• Virtu Never Loses (Well, Almost Never) (Bloomberg)

• The United States of Market History Amnesia (Teachable Moment)

• Digital versus analog presidential campaigns (Washington Post)

• The Black Swan Election: The unprecedented 2016 elections could yet throw markets for a loop. A Trump victory or upheaval in Congress could tank the Dow (Barron’s)

• 20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity (Scientific American)
• NPR Website To Get Rid Of Comments (NPR). See alsoWhat happened after 7 news sites got rid of reader comments (Nieman Lab)

Earnings Beats and Misses in the Second Quarter

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