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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Axios Edge: Jack Bogle — Larry Fink — DJ D-Sol

1 big thing: Jack Bogle’s misunderstood legacy

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The Bad Deals Edition

Slate Money remembers Jack Bogle, discusses constant Brexit drama, and looks at bad deal-making.

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Axios Edge: De-branding — Direct listing — Ultimatums

Historically, companies were proud to name themselves after brands they had managed to elevate to a place of global name recognition.

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The WeBurnout Edition

Slate Money on millennial burnout, odd rebranding efforts, and the World Bank.

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Trump’s test at the World Bank

The presidency of the World Bank — the most powerful job in international development — is up for grabs, in the wake of the surprise resignation of Jim Yong Kim.

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Axios Edge: Apple — Mega-mergers — Stitch Fix

What we learned this week is that Apple looms unrealistically large in investors’ imaginations.

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The God Save Texas Edition

Slate Money talks Texas: tech and entrepreneurship, affordable housing and zoning, and the long history of oil in the state.

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