Sugar Wars, Brains and Infographics Galore

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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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Burundi coffee, grab a seat by the fire, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • 2016: A tumultuous year explained in 128 graphics (Bloomberg)
  • The world’s largest hedge fund is building an algorithmic model from its employees’ brains (Wall Street Journal)
  • No test left behind: How Pearson made a killing on the U.S. standardized-testing craze (Talking Points Memo)
  • Jamie Dimon on Trump, taxes and a U.S. renaissance: The CEO of JPMorgan Chase talks about Detroit’s revival and his views on the incoming administration (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • The sugar wars: Science can’t prove it and industry denies it, but Gary Taubes is convinced that the sweet stuff kills (The Atlantic)
  • The ghost of Alfred Dreyfus still roams the streets of Paris (Tablet)
  • BuzzFeed’s boss predicts what’s next for the internet (Re/Code)
  • This is where your smartphone battery begins (Washington Post)
  • The sickening business of wellness: Crystals, detoxes and salt lamps are all scams meant to cure you of your money (The Outline)
  • An interview with Martin Scorsese (Commonweal)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Bruce Tuchman, who brought many U.S. cable channels (including Nickelodeon, Sundance and AMC) to a global audience.

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Source: Bloomberg

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