Monthly Archives: April 2017

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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How Not To Invest $1 Billion in Diversity and Inclusion

Let’s encourage the Ford Foundation to maximize the amount of good it can do in the world now.

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This Staggering Chart Reveals the Reality of Black-Owned Banks

If you really squint you can see the assets of black-owned banks in green.

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The Pour Decisions Edition

Slate Money gets tipsy talking to Bianca Bosker, author of Cork Dork, about the economics of wine.

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