10 Friday Reads: Street Fighting Man

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist writing about finance, the economy and the business world. He started the Big Picture blog in 2003 and is the founder of Ritholtz Wealth Management, an asset management and financial planning firm.
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Happy end of the week. Some reads to get you ready for the weekend:

• Investing 2014: The Smart Money Is on European Stocks (Fiscal Times) but see also US Stocks Cheap on 12 of 15 Historical Valuation Measures (Reformed Broker)

• Stock rise boosts pensions' funding to 96%, from 77% (WSJ)

• Eisinger: Soothing Words on "Too Big to Fail," but With Little Meaning (DealBook) see also It's Hard to Summon Sympathy for Big Banks (NY Times)

• Lament of the Plutocrats (Politico)

• What can you learn from Mr. Efficient Markets now? (CNN)

• A new wave of U.S. mortgage trouble threatens (Reuters) see also Big Banks About to Start Booking Second Mortgage Losses They Can No Longer Extend and Pretend Away (Naked Capitalism)

• U.S. general who opened Guantanamo prison says shut it down (Yahoo)

• NSA uses Google cookies to pinpoint targets for hacking (Washington Post)

• The Differences in How Women and Men Think Are Hard-Wired (WSJ)

• Keith Richards, who turns 70 next week, dissects one of his favorite Stones songs. (WSJ)

What are you up to this weekend?

Public Sector Jobs: Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama

Source: Calculated Risk

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