The Irrelevant Investor

As Director of Research at Ritholtz Wealth Management, Michael Batnick, CFA reads research publications and stays on top the latest trends in the industry. Michael is a member of the investment committee and heads up the company’s internal research efforts. He spends most of his time developing and implementing risk management and portfolio strategies for the firm’s clients.

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Michaels' been featured in many publications such as CFA Instittue, CNBC, MarketWatch, Bloomberg, Barron's, Fortune, The Motley Fool, NASDAQ, Business Insider, Business Insider

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How to Read Performance

Things were going well for crude oil in 2018. After a few rough years, it was looking to deliver a double digit return, with a 27% gain through early October. The black gold hit nearly $77 a barrel, reaching its highest level in four years. But then,...

Animal Spirits: How to Create the Perfect Fund

On this week’s Animal Spirits, we discuss $1,000 a month, no strings attached Universal basic income is ahead of its time Are quants facing a crisis of confidence? Hedge fund bloodbath Survey of the week Robinhood has to make money somehow Million ...

These Are the Goods

Articles In hindsight, we can see that the value in 2014 $AAPL was real while the value in 2014 $IBM was fake. By Jesse Livermore, Chris Meredith, and Patrick O’Shaughnessy The problem we will face throughout life is how to differentiate between ca...

Learning The Wrong Lessons

Every time there is an article about buy and hold investing, somebody inevitably is in the comment section with “now show Japan.” This is often used as the knee-jerk response to people like myself, who believe that buying and holding should be t...

I Remember When

I was eating a bagel this weekend when my wife said to me, “I can’t believe you like their tuna, it’s really fishy.” I hadn’t noticed, but she was right, it was fishy. I hate fish. I’ll have tuna on a bagel, but would never order tuna in ...