Ritholtz's Reads

‘Car Wars,’ Megalomania and Biotech’s Revolution

Here are your morning reads.

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

  • “Car Wars”: A self-driving car is a computer you put your body into. Speculative fiction by Cory Doctorow (Deakin University)
  • The $99 billion idea: How Uber and Airbnb fought City Hall, won over the people, outlasted rivals and figured out the sharing economy (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • Nafta and other trade deals have not gutted American manufacturing, period (Vox)
  • The man who kicked off the biotech revolution (Nautilus)
  • Trump knows you better than you know yourself (Antidote Zinebut see Megalomania and small-mindedness: How America lost its identity (Spiegel)
  • The Stegosaurus plate controversy: You live in the Jurassic and you’ve evolved giant, diamond-shaped bone plates that stick out the top of your neck, back and tail. Why, evolution, why? (Scientific American)
  • This granular life: That the world is not solid but made up of tiny particles is a very ancient insight. Is it humanity’s greatest idea? (Aeon)
  • Why ISIS is winning the social-media war, and how to fight back (Wiredsee also The untold story of the Bastille Day attacker (GQ)
  • The Hollywood list everyone wants to be on (The Atlantic)
  • The string theory: An obsessive inquiry (with footnotes), into the physics and metaphysics of tennis. (Esquiresee also Michael Joyce’s second act: David Foster Wallace 1996 profile of tennis player Michael Joyce is one of the most celebrated pieces of sports writing ever published. Who has he become since? (Longreads)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend, discussing philanthropy with Saadia Madsbjerg of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Sharpe Ratio: Risk Versus Return, 1970 - 2016

Because of market ups and downs, the risk vs return tradeoff is higher for stocks.

Source: Fidelity

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