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Barry Ritholtz, author of Bailout Nation, describes one human tendency that can hinder successful stock trading: our preference for stories over data. When an analyst or CEO tells a convincing anecdote, he explains, stockholders are more likely to trust the narrative over objective research.

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Drawing upon the ideas and popular talent featured in his well-regarded blog, The Big Picture (, Barry Ritholtz presents The Big Picture Conference, a one-day, on-demand event that offers sharp insight into the financial markets, the economy and the dangerous intersection between government and Wall Street.

In 2010, Barry L. Ritholtz was named one of the "15 Most Important Economic Journalists" in the United States. Ritholtz writes a column on Investing for the Washington Post; he also contributes occasional column to Barron's and Bloomberg (See The Myth of Uncertainty). Previously, he authored the popular "An Apprenticed Investor" columns at, a series geared towards educating novice and intermediate investors. Mr. Ritholtz has published more formal market analyses at the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, The Economist, and Mr. Ritholtz is a frequent commentator on economic data and financial markets. He is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, and C/SPAN. He has appeared on numerous shows, including Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Fast Money, Kudlow and Co, and Power Lunch, and has guest-hosted Squawk Box on numerous occasions. He appears regularly on radio for Bloomberg, NPR, CBS, and other broadcasters.