This is a project that has been quite literally 6 years in the making. Back when he was Managing Editor of the NYT Sunday Business section, Tim O’Brien first approached me about writing for him. (My response: “Thaler, Shiller, Mankiw . . . Ritholtz? I don’t think so.“). We had ongoing discussions, but they O’Brien moved on before we were able to consummate anything.
Tim joined Bloomberg View earlier this year as its Chief Cook and Bottle Washer/Publisher. He has been given the budget and the freedom to pursue a specific objective: Make Opinion and Commentary smart again. I am thrilled to be part of that project.
I am also super jazzed about working with their Radio team to develop a weekly show. The elevator pitch was the Charlie Rose of finance meets Mark Maron on Bloomberg Radio and iTunes. The goal is to continue to do the sort of in depth interviews like I have done in the past with the all stars of investing: Ned Davis, Felix Zulauf, Paul Desmond, etc. Its a work in progress, and I have no idea what it will look like when we are finished, but I expect it to be smart, informative — and not boring
I have had other discussions with other media outlets over the years: Reuters, CNBC, Huffington Post, lots more. Somehow, it never quite felt right. This one does.
More coming soon . . .
Full press release after the jump
Barry Ritholtz Joins Bloomberg View
November 1, 2013
NEW YORK — Bloomberg View today announced that Barry L. Ritholtz is joining the opinion and analysis site as a columnist covering finance, the economy, and the business world writ large.
“Barry brings a singular and authoritative voice to our core business coverage,” said David Shipley, the senior executive editor of Bloomberg View. “We’re thrilled that he’s decided to make View his new home.”
Ritholtz runs the closely followed finance blog, The Big Picture, which will now largely serve as an archive for his work, which will now originate on Bloomberg View. Ritholtz, who also works as a money manager and has been a professional market strategist, specializes in quantitative and behavioral analyses of markets and the economy and approaches both as a witty and iconoclastic contrarian.
Ritholtz has written on such topics as the psychology of investing and decision-making, Wall Street and banking, and fiscal and monetary policy. He was an early and prescient observer of the housing and financial crisis several years ago. His book, “Bailout Nation,” offers an incisive exploration of the roots of that crisis.
He is a frequent guest on television and radio and he will continue to do so across Bloomberg’s various global media platforms. In addition to other media appearances, he will develop a weekly radio show and podcast for Bloomberg View and Bloomberg News covering finance, the economy, and the business world.
Ritholtz studied mathematics and physics at Stony Brook University, where he also earned an undergraduate degree in political science. He has a law degree, cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He worked briefly as an attorney before pursuing a career in finance. He launched The Big Picture blog in 2003.
A New York Knicks fan, a boater, and a vintage sports car enthusiast, Ritholtz and his wife, Wendy, live on the North Shore of Long Island.