Stealing Christmas, Human Depravity and Space Iron

(Bloomberg View) -- My last-trading-day-of-the-year morning reads:

  • A year in charts: From bitcoin to Trump to chess-playing robots (Financial Times); see also The Year in Technology: 2017 in Charts (Bloomberg Gadfly)
  • Possibly the best Twitter community in the world (Financial Bodyguard)
  • Harry Markowitz: My advice to investors today (Evidence-Based Investor)
  • The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine (New York Times)
  • World’s Wealthiest Became $1 Trillion Richer in 2017 (Bloomberg)
  • The Economists Who Stole Christmas: How do opposing schools of economic thought -- from neoclassical and Keynesian to libertarian and Marxist -- view Christmas presents? (Project Syndicate)
  • The Worst Job in Technology: Staring at Human Depravity to Keep It Off Facebook (Wall Street Journal)
  • Collision course: Uber’s terrible 2017 (the Guardian)
  • Why Your Team Didn’t Sign Colin Kaepernick (Wall Street Journal)
  • Before the Iron Age, Most Iron Came From Space (Atlas Obscura)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Anil Dash, CEO of Fog Creek Software, the incubator of startups Trello, Stack Overflow and Glitch. Dash was an adviser to the Barack Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy.

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Stealing Christmas, Human Depravity and Space Iron

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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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