Before you get too involved in whatever, some midmorning reads:

• Speed Traders Meet Nightmare on Elm Street With Nanex (Bloomberg), see e.g. Shredding Virtu’s Response with Science (Nanex)

• Connecting the Academic and Policy Worlds: Interview with James Bullard (MacroMania)

• Artificial discounts abound, Black Friday and every day (WSJ), see also Black Friday Blues (Bloomberg)

• Effective Corporate Tax Rates (Economix)

• Another Bear, Tom McClellan Falls by the Wayside (Moneybeat), see also Hugh Hendry Throws in the Bearish Towel (Reformed Broker)

• Pope Francis Calls Unfettered Capitalism ‘A New Tyranny’ (Business Insider)

• Microsoft might be beating Google at retail. No, really. (Washington Post)

• The US has 43 nuclear power plants’ worth of solar energy in the pipeline (Quartz)

• Do You Love Malcolm Gladwell? You’re Reading Fairy Tales (New Republic)

• Top 10 Beach Towns In Winter (World Property Channel)

What are you reading?

Why is France better than Germany, Spain, and Italy? More young people.

Source: WSJ