10 Weekend Reading – The Big Picture

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of BeanBox coffee, grab a seat in the lobby and get ready for our long-form weekend read:

Rent going up? A company’s algorithm might be why. Texas-based RealPage’s YieldStar software helps landlords determine prices for apartments across the U.S. As rents rise, critics worry that the company’s proprietary algorithm is hurting competition. For years, RealPage has sold software that uses data analysis to suggest daily prices for open units. Property managers across the United States have expressed concern about how the company’s algorithm boosts profits. (ProPublica)

Revisiting the “worst” Fed Chair in history, Arthur Barnes: An inflation-fighting strategy for today may come from the most unlikely of sources. (democracy)

John Mack, who led Morgan Stanley into a crisis, has few regrets: “I killed it,” she wrote in a new memoir. (Business Week)

How a Magician-Mathematician Revealed a Casino Loophole: When a group of gambling cheaters figured out how to beat the house, they inadvertently highlighted a loophole from a shuffled deck. A magician turned mathematician to reveal how. (BBC)

Leonard Leo pushed the court to the right. Now he’s targeting American society. After leading efforts to put conservatives on the bench, activists have quietly built a wide network and raised huge sums of money to challenge liberal values. (New York Times)

Inside the proton, ‘the most complex thing you can possibly imagine’ The positively charged particle at the heart of the atom is an object of untold complexity, changing its appearance depending on how it is examined. We tried to connect many faces of Proton to create the most complete picture yet. (Quanta Magazine)

What happened to the US military playing ‘Shark Tank’?: Central Command is looking for good ideas. They had to move up the chain of command to find them. (Wall Street Journal)

The search for a pill that can help dogs—and people—live longer: Humans have been searching for the fountain of youth for thousands of years. Celine Haliwa thinks she’s found one—for Kut. Be patient, we are on your side. (of wire)

Whites now more likely to die from Covid than blacks: why the epidemic has shifted. The imbalance in mortality between the country’s racial and ethnic groups has been a defining part of the epidemic since its inception. Over time, the death gap has widened and narrowed but never disappeared — until mid-October 2021, when the nation’s Covid death pattern changed, death rates among white Americans sometimes eclipsed other groups. (Washington Post)

The original star of M*A*S*H: A personal tribute to the neglected genius of author WC Heinz. (Quillet)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview with Marta Norton, Chief Investment Officer of Morningstar Investment Management, this weekend. The firm directly manages or advises $249.4B in client funds. He began his career as a BLS economist and, prior to his current role, was head of US results-based strategies for Morningstar.

Four years of trade war, the United States and China are doubling?

Source: Peterson Institute for International Economics

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