Happy Birthday Chief

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the CEO of my firm, Ritholtz Wealth Management, is Josh Brown – aka Downtown Josh Brown, The Reformed Broker. Today is his birthday. So in true introverted blogger fashion, I am inspired to write down a bunch of things I’ve thought over the years but have…

This Week in Women

Melinda Gates and David Malpass: After the pandemic, put women first Women tend to be heavily employed in vulnerable sectors such as retail, restaurants and hospitality. They also often work in informal jobs, from selling wares on the streets to sewing at home, that lack protections such as paid sick leave or unemployment insurance. When those…

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Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd becomes youngest woman to take a company public Wolfe Herd rang the opening bell from Bumble’s offices in Austin with her 1-year-old son by her side. The IPO makes Wolfe Herd, 31, the youngest woman to take a company public (and, according to Bloomberg, with a $1.5 billion payday, a rare…

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Walgreens Poaches Starbucks Executive Rosalind Brewer for CEO Starbucks said Tuesday that Ms. Brewer, its chief operating officer and group president, was leaving both the company and board of Starbucks at the end of February for a new role at another public company. Before joining the coffeehouse chain, Ms. Brewer was CEO of Walmart Inc.’s Sam’s Club division…

Crowdsourced Pump and Dump

Listen to this post here: This week, I witnessed the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in the stock market. A merry band of traders, congregating on the popular internet message board, Reddit, successfully pulled off a massive short squeeze on shares of retailer GameStop (GME). That sentence was a mouthful. Let me try to explain….

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Queen’s Gambit, Female-led SPAC, Raises $300 Million The company is led by Chief Executive Officer Victoria Grace. She is a founding partner of Colle Capital Partners, which gets its name from another opening move in Chess. Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff Breaks Gender Barrier by Quitting Job to Support the Vice President Emhoff, a 56-year-old entertainment lawyer at international…

How to Make Millions in Bitcoin

While scrolling through social media the other night, I came upon this doozy of a headline from the New York Times: Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes   Of course I click to read the article, and it’s even more horrifying that I imagined. Stefan Thomas, a programmer in San Francisco, owns…

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This was a difficult week to be an American. Watching a mob scale the walls of the Capitol building, break windows, vandalize, and trash the greatest symbol of our democracy was painful. The tragedy that lives were lost makes these actions inexcusable. That our own President fanned the flames is unthinkable. But our Congressional leaders…

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Women Take the Lead in Vaccine Development The core work behind the mRNA approach comes from Katalin Karikó, a Hungarian-born émigré who came to the U.S. to work on RNA-related issues. Her career had its fits and starts, including problems with raising research money and a bout with cancer, but she persisted. Argentina Legalizes Abortion, a Milestone in…

Best of The Belle Curve in 2020

Happy New Year! Thank you so much for following and reading the Belle Curve this past year. I am always humbled when someone tells me they read a post and what it meant to them. Like many of you, I look forward to a brighter 2021, but I honestly have no justification to complain about…