Meme Labs, Underperformers and Shady Tactics

(Bloomberg View) -- My midweek morning train reads:

  • How Loyola used information and skill — not luck — to reach the Final Four (ESPN)
  • Things That Fund Managers Don’t Say Enough (Behavioural Investment)
  • How Long Can a Good Fund Underperform Its Benchmark? (Morningstar)
  • Low risk as a predictor of financial crises (Vox EU)
  • Inside the Secret Meme Lab Designed to Propel #NeverAgain Beyond the March (Vanity Fair)
  • The shady data-gathering tactics used by Cambridge Analytica were an open secret to online marketers. I know, because I was one (the Verge); see also Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what’s coming for all of online publishing (Doc Searls Weblog)
  • Amazon Is Already Reshaping Health Care (Bloomberg Gadfly)
  • The Interstitium, the Largest Organ We Never Knew We Had (Daily Beast)
  • Flint investigator says greed and fraud led to drinking water crisis (Detroit Free Press)
  • From mall cops to sex buddies: 14 times movies about the same thing came out at the same time (Washington Post)

What are you reading?

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Meme Labs, Underperformers and Shady Tactics

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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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