10 Monday Reads: Gold Freaks and Dumb Money

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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Good Monday morning. Here is what I'm reading to start the week:

• 2014: Here Comes the Dumb Money! (Investing Caffeine) but see Stories From 1999 (Joe Fahmy)

• Companies turning again to stock buybacks to reward shareholders (Washington Post)

• Gold Funds See Unprecedented 31% Slump With World Losing Faith (Bloomberg) see also Precious Metals Charlatans -- Freaks of the Industry (Kid Dynamite's World)

• You Win By Thinking Everyone Else Is Wrong (Motley Fool)

• Investors are hungry for U.S. corporate bonds, snapping them up at a record pace (WSJ) see also Time to Brace for a 20% Correction (Barron's)

• Surowiecki: How Should We Solve the Pension-Fund Crisis? (New Yorker)

• Is art a good investment? Two NYU economists estimated real returns on art from 1875 to 2000 to be 4.9 percent. (WSJ)

• How to Take Good Photos for Under $1,000 (Prolost)

• This Is the Average Man's Body (The Atlantic)

• Holiday Tipping Survey: How Much Do You Give? (Zagat)

What are you reading?

Baltic Index Surges to Three Year High

Source: Bespoke

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