Sure, I am on vacation. But OCD never takes any time off — hence, what I’m reading this week:

• Valuation, Profit Margins and Stock Market Returns: Adventures in Curve Fitting (Philosophical Economics)
• Do not get wrongfooted on descent from QE ( see also The Federal Reserve was created 100 years ago. This is how it happened. (Washington Post)
• 99% of Long-Term Investing Is Doing Nothing; the Other 1% Will Change Your Life (Motley Fool)
• Lessons from 2013 in pictures (A Dash of Insight)
• A Wordnado of Words in 2013 (NY Times)
• The China Mobile iPhone is specific to China Mobile (stratēchery) see also Apple Reaches Deal to Sell iPhones Through China Mobile (Bloomberg)
• Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf (Quartz)
• Your “Thoughtful” Gifts Are Suboptimal (Priceonomics)
• Biomedical Technology Stories in 2013 (MIT Technology Review)
• Why You’re More Likely To Buy Something When Shopping On Your iPad (Fast Company)

What are you reading?


Even Skeptics Are Sticking With Stocks

Source: WSJ


Category: Financial Press

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5 Responses to “10 Monday AM Reads”

  1. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    Facebook wants to know why you didn’t publish that status update you started writing. (

    “…Do you think that facebook tracks the stuff that people type and then erase before hitting ? (or the “post” button)…”

  2. chartist says:

    Is it too early to throw out my favorite big cap pick for 2014? If not, I’d like to mention BP. It appears to be breaking out of a symmetrical triangle pattern on a monthly chart indicating $62 as a target. Most interesting sector could be housing.

  3. rd says:

    A story about Wells Fargo retail sales tactics:,0,5474088.story

    I assume that the motto for the new Ethics Program office is:

    “We will thoroughly and diligently address all ethical issues that make the front page of the newspaper.”

  4. RW says:

    Meet the Press Is Incredibly Painful

    David Gregory is interviewing Yuval Levin about his book Tyranny of Reason, Imagining the Future, The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Left and Right.

    The book sounds like collection of painful cliches, the left likes activist government, the right believes in leaving civil society to work things out for itself. Really? So the patents and copyrights that shift far more money to the wealthy than food stamps and TANF shift to the poor are just civil society, not activist government. Trade policies that put downward pressure on the wages of most workers… are also just civil society, not activist government. Bank bailouts and no cost too big to fail insurance for the big banks are just civil society, not activist government.

    There is a much longer list of such policies in my book The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive.

    NB: The growing income gap and lack of economic mobility in the USA primarily reflects political choices and policy set over the past 50 years; it moderately reflects technology change in some industrial sectors and barely reflects economic realities at all during that period (you could look it up).

  5. ninaforrest says:

    Barry – Thanks for all the interesting and informative articles you post all year!