The Independent Directors Edition

Slate Money on Uber, Amazon buying Whole Foods, and initial coin offerings.

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The Scams Edition

Slate Money on rich scams, poor scams, and email scams.

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The obvious intersection of urgent need and lasting impact

Sell your shares in Amazon, and give the cash to poor people.

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Syrian refugees vs Charity: Water

Duhigg’s article is, ultimately, predicated on the idea that when there is a major problem in the world, that problem can effectively be addressed through individual charitable donations.

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The Mayday Mayday Edition

Slate Money on the U.K. election, the Spanish banking crisis, and Qatar.

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Just give away your money, endowments. That is what it is for.

Here’s a sensible way of looking at investment returns.

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The Manchester Emergency Fund: Why?

There is a part of me which would love it if things like the Manchester concert could be celebrated for what they are, rather than invariably being turned into the means to some fundraising end.

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The Dinosaur Edition

Slate Money on the Paris Agreement, credit scores, and Venezuelan bonds.

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The Bureaucrats Gone Wild Edition

Slate Money on corruption in Brazil, Saudi Arabia’s oil prices, and Paul Romer’s war on Bankspeak.

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Just how bad is Mike Bloomberg’s $75 million donation to The Shed?

Today in rich people giving their rich-people friends millions of dollars to do rich-people things: New York’s Number One Rich Person, Mike Bloomberg.

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Uber has no incentive to keep cars empty

After reading Eric Newcomer’s Bloomberg piece on Uber pricing, Marshall Steinbaum wrote a short tweetstorm about what it implies for Uber’s incentives, which I suspect is exactly wrong.

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The Spinning Wheels Edition

Slate Money on the auto industry, artificial intelligence, and Apple’s new headquarters.

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Give Non-Citizens the Vote!

Realistically, non-citizens will never be able to vote in federal elections. But that’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to vote in immigrant-heavy cities like New York.

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A few notes about the Spotify stock-market listing

I really like the idea of direct listing, especially for companies which don’t need to raise additional capital (or who don’t mind doing so on the secondary market). It helps to marginalize Wall Street investment banks, for one thing, which is generally a good thing.

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Material World

My review of Pascal Bruckner’s “The Wisdom of Money”

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The Disappearing Edition

Slate Money on the mortgage interest deduction, the volatility index, and Snap’s first earnings report after going public.

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The Talking TED Talks Edition

Slate Money on Cathy O’Neil’s TED talk, what goes on at TED Talks conferences, and the industry of highly paid speeches.

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Facebook: We’re not just sexist, we’re also innumerate!

There’s a particularly dismal genre of arguments which basically say that “after accounting for the sexism in our company, we have found that there’s no sexism in our company”. And this one is a doozy.

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The Pointless Vanity Edition

Slate Money on Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s substantial payout, Sheryl Sandberg’s new book on grief, and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s massive data project.

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Trump’s Tax Plan Is a Straight Up Multibillion-Dollar Gift to the Rich

It not only makes the rich richer, it also makes the plight of everybody else even more precarious, because it institutionalizes an incentive to not get a stable, full-time job.

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The Pet Cause Edition

Slate Money on PetSmart’s acquisition of Chewy, Arconic CEO Klaus Kleinfeld’s resignation, and Portland’s decision to divest from all corporations.

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Activist Jane Jacobs Won Historic Battles. How Did She Lose the War?

Jacobs shows us that the radius of grassroots activism can be very small, and that the real-world effects of compelling analysis can also be decidedly limited.

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The Liquidity Edition

Slate Money discusses South Africa’s credit rating downgrade and how markets are responding to recent economic events in unpredictable ways.

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Education, Health Care, Debt: Welcome to Our Crowdfunded Dystopia

Give if you wish, and if you can afford to. But when you do, you’re encouraging those who ultimately want to see such private actions replace the democratic norms upon which our society was built.

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The “You Say Beeta, I Say Beta” Edition

Slate Money discusses the popularity of smart beta investing and potential racial bias in auto insurance.

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