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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 6:00 am

Stock-Pickers Don't Know How to Sell They actually do OK figuring out what to buy. But they need to do a better job unloading stuff. Bloomberg, January 15, 2019     Money managers know how to buy. What they need to do is to learn how to sell. Most of them are terrible at it.…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 5:13 am

My midweek morning train reads: o The Insane Story of How an Early Quant Investor Went Rogue (Institutional Investor) o Warren Buffett: "Really Successful People Say No To Almost Everything" (Medium) o Is Spotify's Model Wiping Out Music's Middle Class? (The Ringer) see also The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy (Motherboard) o Business leaders waking up…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:00 am

Instant classic: Source: xkcd

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:00 am

Perhaps more than any person in the modern era of finance, Jack Bogle changed the course of investing history. He did it with a relentless focus on saving costs and putting his investors returns ahead of his own. In this week's Masters in Business podcast, we revisit our 2016 conversation with the creator of the…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:00 am

Praise for John Bogle Compounds, Just Like His Returns He showed that average returns were fine, keeping costs low was crucial, and putting investors first was paramount. Bloomberg, January 17, 2019       In a sea of superlatives, one number stands above all others: $1 trillion dollars. That is an estimate of how much…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:17 am

My Two-for-Tuesday morning train reads: o What Google Trends can tell us About Stock Picking (Market Brothers Media) o Is the U.S. Stock Market Bubble Bursting? A New Model Suggests "Yes (GMO) o Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott Runs 21 Miles an Hour, But Who Owns That Data? (Bloomberg) o Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Crusher of Sacred Cows (Rolling Stone) o The Art of Decision-Making: Life…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 3:00 am

This is fascinating, via Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway: “70% of our elected officials in the Senate at least represent 30% of the population. Most Red States don't have a big population — politically conservative values are over represented. Economically, progressives are capturing the majority of the income, so just do the math, there's a…

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Monday, January 21, 2019 12:00 pm

    Nicholas Colas is co-founder of DataTrek Research, an independent firm covering global finance and economics.  Colas is a 30+ year veteran of Wall Street, whose experience includes First Boston (now Credit Suisse), SAC Capital (reporting directly to Steve Cohen), and Convergex Group.  His views on indexing are diametrically opposed to mine, but they…

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Monday, January 21, 2019 7:00 am

Topping the list of things that regularly infuriate me are Billionaire Socialists begging taxpayers to subsidize their businesses or fund their hobbies. My attitude is if you are a member of the 3 Comma Club, then you should spend your own lucre instead of pissing away mine. Whether it is socializing risks to cover their bad…

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Monday, January 21, 2019 4:00 am

My Martin Luther King Day morning reads: o Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has the Better Tax Argument (The Atlantic) see also Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is the Darling of the Left, Nightmare of the Right (Bloomberg Businessweek) o Can Student Loan Debt Explain Low Homeownership Rates for Young Adults? (Federal Reserve) o How Secrecy Fuels Facebook Paranoia (New York Times) o China Built a Big, Beautiful…

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