Author Archives: Felix

The #GrieFault trade

Why Argentina’s bonds might be worth even more in default

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The “Of Course” Edition

Slate Money on the state of business journalism, a hedge-fund billionaire’s battle against Herbalife, and the corporate income tax.

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The Many Merchants of Death Edition

Slate Money on a big bank’s big settlement, a big merger in “Big Tobacco,” and the continuing saga of the world’s most expensive fighter plane.

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The Cupcake Indicator

Slate Money on endings: quantitative easing, the American Apparel leadership, and big cupcake.

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Slate Money: The Monetizing Others Episode

Slate Money on New York’s secretive real estate, big data in health care, and GM’s many recalls

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The stock market, in six charts

Lessons from Yahoo’s chart buttons

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Jeff Koons: a master innovator turning money into art

Jeff Koons and the art of financial innovation

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Not all winning bets are smart

Don’t speculate with your home

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From Wall Street Dark Pools to Puerto Rican Swimming Pools

Slate Money on Aereo’s Supreme Court loss, and rich people flocking to Puerto Rico

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Aereo could have saved the airwaves from the broadcasters’ ransom

Spectrum has been gifted to media groups eager to cash in on what is free, writes Felix Salmon

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Hedge Fund vs. Sovereign

How U.S. Courts Are Upending International Finance

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Why Argentina Could Default … Again

Slate Money on Amazon’s new phone, the effect of the crisis in Iraq on the oil market, and Argentina’s loss at the Supreme Court

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Spinoffs, Write-downs, and Techie Taxis

Slate Money on Uber vs. Europe, Time Warner’s magazine spinoff, and Larry Summers’ favorite book

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BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti Goes Long

The media mogul (twice over) on being both contagious and sticky

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Lessons from a $110 million penthouse

The physical manifestation of r>g

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How well uberX pays, part 2

Maybe not quite as well as Uber would have you think

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Wall Street’s Toughest Judge

Slate Money on Judge Jed Rakoff, the European Central Bank, and the saga of billionaire Steven A. Cohen

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The number 2,000

Economic lessons from Brazil

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America prosecutes its interests and persecutes BNP

What we are seeing is unapologetic American exceptionalism, manifesting as extraterritorial powermongering

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One question all managers should ask themselves about pay

What’s the ratio between my pay and that of my highest-paid employee?

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The economics of “everyone’s private driver”

What happens when cab drivers stop being employees and start being sole proprietors

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Where is Felix

I left Reuters, and I’m not sure when or whether I’m going to have any kind of regular blog at Fusion. And in my new promiscuous life, it’s not going to be very easy to keep track of everything I’m … Continue reading

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James Ball on masturbatory journalism (annotated)

Read “Why can’t nerds break news instead of just explaining it?” by James Ball on News Genius

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Scoops: When journalists masturbate

“Breaking news is the most masturbating thing journalists do” – @felixsalmon, Fusion #ijf14 pic.twitter.com/Pu5elT6XRz — journalism festival (@journalismfest) April 30, 2014 This quote is beginning to get some press attention, so I ought to correct the record: I said “masturbatory”, … Continue reading

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Taxing future income to pay for college

How to pay for the seemingly inexorable rise in the cost of college tuition? One idea seems to be having something of a heyday right now: since college graduates earn more money, why not levy a tax on them which … Continue reading

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