Author Archives: Felix

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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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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Slate Money Talks Dollars and Sense

Listen to Slate’s show on former congressmen working for Wall Street, dollar-store mergers, and premium bonds.

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It’s amazing how much more you earn, when you have a penis.

It’s not much of a caveat to say that if women were exactly the same as men, then they would earn the same amount as men do.

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Should you Take the Plunge?

The big interactive project I’ve been working on since May. Explore, enjoy! There’s also an IMterview I did with Chad Matlin about how he paid off his six-figure student debt in six years. And I wrote up the NY Fed’s … Continue reading

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House of Cards: Magic and Probability

Slate Money on card tricks, tech valuations, and investing in professional athletes.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge Isn’t Going Away

But giving money to disease-specific charities is still a bad idea.

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The Ethics of Buying Stocks

Slate Money on tech deals minus the bankers, Amazon’s new payment system, and answers to listener questions.

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No need for banks in an era of intellectual capital

Silicon Valley deals are not based on factors that bankers can model

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Slate Money: The Payday Edition

Slate Money on payday loans, BuzzFeed’s latest valuation, and the value of data scientists.

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Bad Paper

My first #post-text project for Fusion: Bad Paper, a game which should help people understand the world of debt collections in a fun, immersive way. I gave it a short write-up for Fusion, but the main article it’s linked to … Continue reading

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How to understand A16Z’s investment in BuzzFeed

If you’re looking at it asking how anybody could pay that kind of money for a bunch of listicles, you’re looking at it all wrong

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Up in smoke

How US states lost billions of dollars in tobacco settlement revenues

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Slate Money: The Impenetrable Business Jargon Edition

On financial gobbledygook, corporate “living wills” vs. “Too Big to Fail” and the battle over the estate of Robert Rauschenberg.

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