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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Give Directly comes to Houston

I’ve put my own money where my mouth is: if someone set up a system of direct cash transfers in Houston, I said I’d give in a heartbeat, and that’s exactly what I’ve done.

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The arrogant, unaccountable, and dishonest Berkshire Museum

While it’s highly likely that the sale of the museum’s masterpieces is going to go ahead as planned, there’s still a small chance that it might not.

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The Lost Masterpieces of Norman Rockwell Country

The story of the Berkshire Museum is more than one about a second-tier local institution selling off some art. It’s a story about how fragile museum-industry norms are, how unaccountable a museum director can be, and how much destruction can be wrought during a single secret trustee meeting.

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The Krautrock Edition

Slate Money on music royalties, Puerto Rican bondholders, and Wolfgang Schäuble.

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How DNDI multiplies your donation

Let other medical charities strike their own course in a quixotic attempt to zag where governments zig. This is one area where it’s best to just trust the global experts in the field.

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