Axios Edge: Fed independence — Inefficient markets — Gerrymandering

Donald Trump wants to politicize the Fed.

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The Puerto Rico Edition

Slate Money talks to Natalie Jaresko about being executive director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico.

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Axios Edge: Too much money — Brexit crunch week — A rocky IPO

For nearly all of us (Jeff Bezos would seem to be one exception to the rule), there is some level of wealth at which having more money would not make us better off in any meaningful way.

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The Evil Empires Edition

Slate Money on the Murdochs, MacKenzie Bezos, and Saudi Aramco.

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Axios Edge: Privatized identity — Oversubscribed IPOs — Inefficient technology

Who are you? And can you prove that, in today’s digital world?

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The Bad Pharma Edition

Slate Money on Apple, the Purdue Pharma settlement, and Lyft going public.

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Axios Edge: Corruption anxiety — Fed independence — Brexit chaos

To understand the unhappy state of the American electorate, and the systemic headwinds facing the U.S. economy, the best person to talk to is a Nigerian.

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The Spoiled Children Edition

Slate Money on Operation Varsity Blues, the Deutsche Bank/Commerzbank merger, and Boeing.

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Axios Edge: Hypocrisy — Celebrity — Too much computer

In a big week for hypocrisy, the leader of the pack was surely Bill McGlashan, the CEO of the world’s largest impact investing fund.

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The Uninhabitable Earth Edition

Slate Money on the scary future of global warming.

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Axios Edge: Rentals — Fame — A bad disguise

A world of continuously variable price is unstable and uncertain, even when overall inflation is low.

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The This Should Be Free Edition

Slate Money on the information spectrum, from Wikipedia and academic journals to Zuckerberg’s pivot to privacy.

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Axios Edge: Efficient Tesla — WarnerMedia defenestrations — Lyft’s IPO

Wanna buy a minotaur? On the current list of VC-backed private companies that have raised more than $1 billion in equity capital: Lyft, Uber, Airbnb, Slack and Pinterest, all of which could go public this year.

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The Occupy French Starbucks Edition

Slate Money on Teslas finally being cheaper, Kraft and 3G, Facebook’s content-moderation failures, and the political scene in France.

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Axios Edge: Neobanks — Deficits — Minotaurs

American banks are minting money. In 2018, they made $237 billion in profits, bringing their average return on assets to an extremely healthy 1.35%.

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The Color of Money Edition

Slate Money on black banks and the racial wealth gap.

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Meet the “minotaurs”: The companies that have raised more than $1 billion

Being a unicorn — a private company worth a billion dollars — isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Raising a billion dollars.

The 55 minotaur companies

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Axios Edge: Taxes — Buybacks — AirPods

The U.S. tax system does one thing right: It collects taxes in a very smart way.

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The Lucky Strike Edition

Slate Money on lower tax refunds, Finland’s income experiment, and labor’s current strengths.

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Axios Edge: Bank mergers — Audio acquisitions — Climate finance

The Green New Deal resolution came out this week.

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The Mrs. Watanabe’s Favorite Podcast Edition

Slate Money on Spotify and Gimlet, the women’s labor force in Japan, and savings rates.

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Axios Edge: Hegemony — Poverty — Bankruptcy

America is back. Donald Trump’s White House is pushing his international agenda aggressively, with the rest of the world allowing the Trump administration to take the lead.

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The “Horse Loose in a Hospital” Edition

Slate Money on OFAC sanctions against Venezuela, Fed rates, and PG&E officially filing for bankruptcy.

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Axios Edge: Billionaires — Socialism — Venezuela

When billionaires gather in Davos, the world increasingly assumes that their prescriptions are entirely self-serving.

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The Blah Blah Blahs Matter Edition

Slate Money on AOC’s tax ideas at Davos, currency colonization, and Microsoft and housing.

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