Big Egos, Best Bars and Blindsiding the NFL

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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Back in the saddle! My morning train reads:

  • The Smart Person’s Guide to Paying Taxes: Snippets from candidate tax returns offer lessons in aggressive deduction strategies. (Bloomberg)
  • Huge egos undermine star fund managers (MarketWatch)
  • The Most Overlooked Trait of Investing Success (Collaborative Fund)
  • Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen explains how AI will change the world (Vox)
  • Ratings Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers: So far this season, viewership on major networks is down about 10% from last season (Wall Street Journal); see also Endgame: What would happen if football died? (Sports Illustrated)
  • Here’s What Closing Sears and Kmart Would Look Like (Bloomberg Gadfly)
  • The San Antonio Spurs Are Coached to Think for Themselves (Wall Street Journal)
  • The task in the next debate’s town-hall setting: Connecting with voters (Washington Post); see also Election Update: Maybe It’s Time For Ohio And Pennsylvania To Part Ways (FiveThirtyEight)
  • The World’s 50 Best Bar awards is out. Time to get drinking (Bloomberg)
  • Dostoyevsky by way of 30 Rockefeller Center: Norm Macdonald’s Memoir Is Brilliant, But Is It True? (Wall Street Journal)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Martin Barnes, chief economist at BCA Research.

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