Author Archives: Felix

Why messaging is the future of the news brand

Messaging apps have already overtaken social networks in terms of global popularity.

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High oil prices and low oil prices are both bad for the environment—here’s why

What we need is the combination of high prices for consumers, along with low prices for producers.

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What SoFi’s baffling Super Bowl ad tells us about our unequal economy

It divvies up the world into the “great” and the “not great,” with most people finding themselves in the latter category.

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Bernie Sanders has the edge in the Democratic fight over Wall Street money

Clinton is an incrementalist candidate who is going to be broadly acceptable to Wall Street.

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The New Money Edition

Slate Money on a cashless future, Viacom’s aging patriarch, and the Credit Suisse profit loss.

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The Davos Again Edition

Slate Money broadcasts from the World Economic Forum in Davos with Quartz reporter Jenny Anderson.

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A Picasso’s Economics Lesson

Qatar, it seems, was gazumped.

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The Development Edition

Slate Money talks to author William Easterly about the developing world, poor and displaced populations, and the World Bank.

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When it comes to investing, Lady Bracknell was correct

Handbags are not a good investment.

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The New Year’s Resolution Edition

Slate Money talks Weight Watchers, health-related wearables, and the economics of gyms.

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You just won the $800 million Powerball. Now what?

Fight the urge to tell all your friends.

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15 things Bernie Sanders said about Wall Street, and whether they make any sense

What exactly does Sanders want to do with Wall Street?

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Why approving new cancer drugs isn’t always a good idea

Not only is it incredibly hard to determine whether or not a particular drug works; it’s hard even to come up with a useful and workable understanding of what it means for a drug to work.

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The Hogmanay Edition

Slate Money talks derivatives, predatory lending, and the economics of partying on New Year’s Eve.

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Privacy is an afterthought when convenience is king

When a Norwegian folk-pop duo decided to call themselves the Kings of Convenience back in 1999, they wound up with a few minor hits. They should have become venture capitalists instead—they would have made billions.

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The economic principle that explains why people are paying $400 to party at the Olive Garden tonight

Being inside the Times Square Olive Garden on New Year’s Eve is what economists call a “positional good” – it’s something with relatively little innate value, and which rather derives its value mainly by being superior to some lesser alternative.

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Financial startups are getting an edge by growing up

In Beatles terms, we’ve started moving from “you say you want a revolution” to “you tell me that it’s evolution.”

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The Stay Healthy Edition

Slate Money talks Obamacare, the economics of neglected diseases, and author Harold Pollack tells us about his financial guide The Index Card.

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Martin Shkreli did something not-terrible on his way to infamy

The lives of thousands of people with Chagas disease are likely to be utterly transformed.

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The Force Is With Janet Yellen Edition

Slate Money on the economics of the Star Wars franchise, how the Fed hiked interest rates, and the future of junk bonds.

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Why Sheldon Adelson and Jack Ma will regret buying their newspapers

Both will make enemies they’ve never had before.

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In 2016, annoying mobile ads will begin to fade away

Here’s a hopeful prediction for 2016: It will mark the point at which the sheer quantity of junky adtech encrustations on publishers’ sites will start going down rather than up.

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We have officially reached the end of the financial crisis

We’re reverting, slowly, to some approximation of normality. That, surely, is something to celebrate.

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The Mega-Merger Edition

Slate Money discusses the acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain, Yahoo’s struggles, and the merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont.

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How Hollywood made the financial crisis entertaining

This isn’t a movie for finance nerds.

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