The May the Fox Be With You Edition

Slate Money on Disney acquiring Fox, Apple acquiring Shazam, and bitcoin futures.

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DAFs: The best worst idea in philanthropy

Donor-advised funds, or DAFs, are the duck-billed platypus of the philanthropic world: a very weird creature that shouldn’t, by rights, exist.

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Fuck vintages

Do you like to feel mystified, intimidated, inadequate? Then walk this way! I have a vintage chart to show you.

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Secret Documents Reveal How the Berkshire Museum Manipulated Its Board Into Liquidating Its Collection

The documents show how the museum’s leadership convinced the board to sell off 40 works—and made them think they had no choice in the matter.

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Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

The web of undisclosed conflicts in the bitcoin world is almost impossible to disentangle, especially since one of the celebrated features of cryptocurrencies is that they can be held secretly.

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The Petro Edition

Slate Money on the United States, Brexit, and Venezuelan cryptocurrency.

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The world’s least scary duopoly

Big asset managers aren’t scary. Neither is passive investment.

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The False Narrative of Damien Hirst’s Rise and Fall

The artist Damien Hirst is fundamentally a maker of luxury goods, and that is why he confounds the expectations of art-world cynics and romantics alike.

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The Consumption Smoothing Edition

Slate Money on The Financial Diaries, Affirm, and Amazon.

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How to optimize America’s charitable giving

Focus on a relatively small number of individuals: the CEOs announcing matching-giving campaigns, the TV executives running telethons, the celebrities tweeting out links to donate, the people who decide which disaster-relief charities pop up on ATM screens when you try to take cash out of your bank account.

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It’s fine if the charitable sector shrinks a little

Nothing that Congress has done to date seems to have harmed the charitable sector in the slightest.

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The Splendid Food Edition

Slate Money on restaurant buzz, vegetarianism, and cookbooks.

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On helping

This is something which has largely been missed in the conversation about disaster relief generally and about cash transfers in particular: how you do it matters, a lot.

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The Protection Money Edition

Slate Money on the sale of a da Vinci, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Zimbabwe.

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Nota bene #10

Notes on $450,312,500

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Nota bene #9

On giving big jobs to unexpected candidates

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The Well-Endowed Edition

Slate Money on Saudi Arabia, Wilbur Ross, and endowments.

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The Powell’s Books Edition

Slate Money on Republican tax plans, the opioid crisis, and Jay Powell.

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The Berserk Battle Over the Berkshire Museum and Its Art Collection

This week, the state’s attorney general called for a temporary restraining order to block Sotheby’s from selling works from the museum’s collection.

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The Tiran and Sanafir Edition

Slate Money on sexual harassment, NEOM, and trading cryptocurrencies.

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Deaccessioning: The good, the bad, and the illegal

I’ve been clear for some months now that I consider the Berkshire Museum’s current deaccessioning plan to be a very, very bad idea. But is it illegal?

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The Codfather Edition

Slate Money on the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, Scandinavian economics, and the 30th anniversary of Black Monday.

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His passion is her hobby: The sexist income gap in creative industries

24% of female creatives make $5 per hour or less.

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The Some of My Best Friends Are Petroleum Engineers Edition

Slate Money on Richard Thaler, Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy, and Brexit.

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The Africa Edition

Slate Money on Lagos and Nairobi, China in Africa, and South African corruption.

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