Author Archives: Felix

Fighting polio with financial engineering

Pakistan and Nigeria did what they promised to do in terms of fighting polio, and the Gates Foundation picked up their tab to the Japanese.

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BlackRock’s tiny nudge in the right direction

A firestorm this is not. It’s much smaller and subtler than that.

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The Down the IGWEL Edition

Slate Money on Trump going to Davos, Huawei, and iPhone addiction.

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Crunching the Metropolitan Museum’s numbers

If anybody can afford a pay-what-you-wish policy, the Met can.

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Mark Eisner’s posthumous self-sabotage

Every so often, a charitable donation comes along which is so atrocious, on so many levels, that it deserves to be aired out in public as a prime example of what not to do.

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Why Trump’s going to Davos

It was always naive to expect Davos to be the home of any kind of Resistance; instead, it’s going to ratify itself as part of the Capitulation.

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The Distinctly Nordic Edition

Slate Money on Iceland, Spotify, and Iran.

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The Travel Edition

Slate Money on Airbnb, airlines, and the travel industry.

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The Call-In Edition

Slate Money answers your voicemails.

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The May the Fox Be With You Edition

Slate Money on Disney acquiring Fox, Apple acquiring Shazam, and bitcoin futures.

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DAFs: The best worst idea in philanthropy

Donor-advised funds, or DAFs, are the duck-billed platypus of the philanthropic world: a very weird creature that shouldn’t, by rights, exist.

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Fuck vintages

Do you like to feel mystified, intimidated, inadequate? Then walk this way! I have a vintage chart to show you.

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Secret Documents Reveal How the Berkshire Museum Manipulated Its Board Into Liquidating Its Collection

The documents show how the museum’s leadership convinced the board to sell off 40 works—and made them think they had no choice in the matter.

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Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

The web of undisclosed conflicts in the bitcoin world is almost impossible to disentangle, especially since one of the celebrated features of cryptocurrencies is that they can be held secretly.

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The Petro Edition

Slate Money on the United States, Brexit, and Venezuelan cryptocurrency.

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The world’s least scary duopoly

Big asset managers aren’t scary. Neither is passive investment.

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The False Narrative of Damien Hirst’s Rise and Fall

The artist Damien Hirst is fundamentally a maker of luxury goods, and that is why he confounds the expectations of art-world cynics and romantics alike.

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The Consumption Smoothing Edition

Slate Money on The Financial Diaries, Affirm, and Amazon.

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How to optimize America’s charitable giving

Focus on a relatively small number of individuals: the CEOs announcing matching-giving campaigns, the TV executives running telethons, the celebrities tweeting out links to donate, the people who decide which disaster-relief charities pop up on ATM screens when you try … Continue reading

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It’s fine if the charitable sector shrinks a little

Nothing that Congress has done to date seems to have harmed the charitable sector in the slightest.

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The Splendid Food Edition

Slate Money on restaurant buzz, vegetarianism, and cookbooks.

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On helping

This is something which has largely been missed in the conversation about disaster relief generally and about cash transfers in particular: how you do it matters, a lot.

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The Protection Money Edition

Slate Money on the sale of a da Vinci, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Zimbabwe.

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Nota bene #10

Notes on $450,312,500

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Nota bene #9

On giving big jobs to unexpected candidates

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