Ritholtz's Reads

Psychological Tricks and Conspiracy Theories

Here are your morning reads.

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Costa Rican coffee, grab a comfy seat out on the deck, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • Why We Think We’re Better Investors Than We Are (New York Times)
  • Lies, Damn Lies, and Financial Statistics (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • Can Amazon's Alexa Be Your Friend? (Digg)
  • How to Quantify (and Fight) Gerrymandering (Quanta)
  • How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons (New York Times); see also Jerks and the Start-Ups They Ruin (New York Times)
  • The Conspiracy Theories of Trumpland: A Compleat and Comprehensive Bestiary (Fusion)
  • Trivers' Pursuit: Renegade scientist Robert Trivers is lauded as one of our greatest thinkers -- despite irking academia with blunt talk and bad manners (Psychology Today)
  • J.D. Vance, the False Prophet of Blue America (New Republic)
  • When Every Day Is "Groundhog Day": Danny Rubin wrote the beloved movie and, 24 years later, the musical. In between, he lived it. (Vulture)
  • The Hippies Have Won (New York Times)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend: the return of Ken Fisher of Fisher Investments, who manages $79.5 billion dollars.

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