Stock Picking, Bubbles and 'The Simpsons'

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 Tuesday morning train reads:

  • The Dying Business of Picking Stocks (Wall Street Journal); see also Index Funds Are Taking Over The S&P 500 (Wall Street Journal)
  • How the Facebook News Feed Works (TechCrunch)
  • Global Trading Systems, one of four HFT firms managing just about all the trading on the NYSE floor, is making a play for corporate clients (Bloomberg); see also Financial Engineers Take On New Rule With More Engineering (Wall Street Journal)
  • Get Rich While Doing Good: A new generation of investors with a conscience can help you make money while putting your dollars to good use. (Barron’s)
  • Value Investing Got Crushed During the Internet Bubble … Here’s Why (Alpha Architect); see also Trickle-Down Venturenomics (Bloomberg Gadfly)
  • Silicon Valley Cozies Up to Washington, Outspending Wall Street 2-1 (Bloomberg)
  • There is no such thing as “free” vaccines: Why we rejected Pfizer’s donation offer of pneumonia vaccines. (Medium); see also Doctors Refused a Million Free Vaccines -- to Make a Statement About the Pharmaceutical Industry (the Atlantic)
  • What Happens to an American Myth When You Take the Driver Out of It? (New York)
  • Why Do So Many People Watch HGTV? (Pacific Standard); see also Are You Ready to Meet Your Fixer Uppers? (Texas Monthly)
  • "The Simpsons" by the Data: Analysis of 27 seasons of "Simpsons" data reveals the show’s most significant side characters, a pattern of patriarchy, declining TV ratings, and more (Todd W. Schneider)

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The Dying Business of Picking Stocks

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