Quotes by: Barry Ritholtz

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Whenever you hear a discussion about the short-term swings in any given stock's price, your immediate thought should be whether it matters to why you are investing.
Barry Ritholtz
Secular cycles are the long periods - as long as decades - that come to define each market era. These cycles alternate between long-term bull and bear markets.
Barry Ritholtz
History is replete with examples of tech firms that were marginalized by new companies and technologies.
Barry Ritholtz
Most of Google's home technologies have failed to catch on in a major way.
Barry Ritholtz
Even when you are right, there are costs and taxes associated with being tactical. When you are wrong, there are opportunity costs.
Barry Ritholtz
Often, investors will discover a manager after he's had a terrific run, usually when he lands on a magazine cover somewhere. Invariably, funds swell up with new investor money just before they revert to their long-term averages.
Barry Ritholtz
A hedge fund manager whose clients demand monthly performance reports has different needs than any individual investors with a 20-year time horizon. The needs of that long-term investor differ markedly from someone who is retiring in three years.
Barry Ritholtz
The way we finance homes in this country is slow, filled with middlemen, who run a nonstandardized evaluation process. This makes financing a home cumbersome and difficult.
Barry Ritholtz
The consumption and production of energy is a major component of the global economy.
Barry Ritholtz
We must recognize our own behavioral errors. To be blunt, you are not likely to become a cognitive Zen master anytime soon. But a little enlightenment could keep you from making some common investing errors.
Barry Ritholtz
We love a tale of heroes and villains and conflicts requiring a neat resolution.
Barry Ritholtz
With Twitter, you can build your own virtual trading floor and research department, populated by the smartest people on earth. Almost any subject or sector has you can think of, you can find a few people with an expertise in that area.
Barry Ritholtz
It is important for investors to understand what they do and don't know. Learn to recognize that you cannot possibly know what is going to happen in the future, and any investment plan that is dependent on accurately forecasting where markets will be next year is doomed to failure.
Barry Ritholtz
A number of bloggers in economics and the financial sector have risen to prominence through the sheer strength of their work. Note it was not their family connections nor ties to Ivy League schools or elite banks, but rather the strength of their research, analysis and writing.
Barry Ritholtz
The beauty of diversification is it's about as close as you can get to a free lunch in investing.
Barry Ritholtz
Shopmas now begins on Thanksgiving Day. Apparently, escaping the families you cannot stand to spend another minute with on Thanksgiving Day to go buy them gifts is how some Americans show their affection for one another. Weird.
Barry Ritholtz
When it comes to investing, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all portfolio.
Barry Ritholtz
Hedge fund managers charge so much more than mutual fund managers; alpha is even harder to come by. They end up selling a variety of things beyond mere outperformance.
Barry Ritholtz
How are the cabs in your city? In Manhattan, where I work, they are rather awful.
Barry Ritholtz
Active management leads to lots of poor investor behavior. It sends people chasing after whoever has the hot hand at the moment.
Barry Ritholtz
The electronics industry expanded rapidly and the seeds for the semiconductor and software revolution were planted. The postwar period also saw the suburbanization of America, the rise of the homeowner, the build-out of the interstate highway system, and the rise of automobile culture. Credit availability expanded dramatically.
Barry Ritholtz
Forecasting is simply not a strength of the species; we are much better with tools and narrative storytelling.
Barry Ritholtz
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