The “Read These Books” Edition

Slate Money on new and old money-themed reads with special guests John Lanchester and Jake Halpern.

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What’s the punishment for ripping off consumers?

In the US, the typical response seems to be a fine — and, what’s more, a fine which barely covers the rip-off profits.

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Discovering Etienne Courtois

A young rebel winemaker in the Loire Valley

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The “Bad Advice” Episode

Slate Money—with special guest Anil Dash—on tech company breakups, the AIG trial, and where to invest your non-retirement money.

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Broken sapphire

Can GT Advanced Technologies live again?

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Millennial datapoints of the day

Fusion just published the results of its Massive Millennial Poll.

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Building a Bigger Bubble

What does the $24 billion NBA deal mean for the future of TV sports?

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Salmon Roasted

Peter Dorman accuses me of “an embarrassing, high-visibility economics fail”, and a blog-comment conversation ensues.

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If you want find out if a media company is doomed, look at its ambitions

Taking bold strategic risks may indicate a management which sees the writing on the wall

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The “Second Guessing Lehman” Episode

Slate Money on whether we should have let Lehman Brothers fail and the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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Bond investing isn’t about forecasting

Your big macro outlook is a story, not a strategy.

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Letters: ‘The Shifts and the Shocks’

Martin Wolf responds to my review of his book, and I reply to him.

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Introducing GAVEL, the Auction Calculator

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Should Pimco exit the mutual fund business?

Pimco shouldn’t reach its clients on TV, it should reach them in person.

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Why regulatory capture is here to stay

Replying to Dan Davies’s excellent piece on the Fed tapes.

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The “Fuck It, I Quit” Episode

Slate Money with Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal on the fall of the “bond king,” Yahoo’s negative stock value, and what happens when you know your co-workers’ salaries.

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Annals of NYT innumeracy, Bank Rossiya edition

Lessons in how not to value a bank

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A Radical Response

‘The Shifts and the Shocks,’ by Martin Wolf

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The Hilton Trade

How a big win for Blackstone’s investors was a big loss for its lenders

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Venezuela’s default has already begun

The more you default on various sovereign obligations, the less of a big deal it becomes if and when you eventually default on your bonds.

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The Regional Episode

On this week’s episode of Slate Money, Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of Columbia University and Slate’s Jordan Weissmann discuss the economic illogic of Scotland’s independence vote, how a federal banking regulation could impact infrastructure investment, and a look at how higher education pays (or doesn’t) with help from Felix Salmon’s interactive game.

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Why Scotland’s Voting Yes

They’re going to vote for change.

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The Apple Watch Will Make Everyone Around You Just a Little Worse Off

The Withings Activité  is the polite smart watch

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Apple hasn’t solved the smart watch dilemma

If Apple manages to come up with a thin, waterproof watch which I can wear comfortably under a shirt cuff, one where I can tell the time just by looking at it, without having to recharge it twice a day, then I’ll be interested.

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In Defense of Chain Links

As old-school chain cuff links face an existential threat, one man makes a stand for true closure.

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