Author Archives: Felix

With a single vote, England just screwed us all

Even though the decision to call the referendum was truly idiotic, the responsibility for the outcome still rests on the shoulders of the British people—and, specifically, of the English people.

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The Panama Papers reveal a secret McKinsey-linked investment scheme involving major financiers

Brightao’s formal incorporation came in 2007, with a star-studded list of founders.

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The I’d Like to Add You to My Professional Network Edition

Slate Money on Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn.

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The Pisco Sour Edition

Slate Money on rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel, Peruvian vulture funds, and Scottish alcohol pricing.

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Why Gawker’s bankruptcy spells the end of an empire

Nick Denton is probably going to see his company disappear into the hands of one of the media moguls that Gawker was created to skewer.

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Vulture fund could get its wings clipped by Peru’s next president

Once again, Peru is facing off against a giant U.S. vulture fund.

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The Limited Means Edition

Slate Money on Elizabeth Holmes’ disappearing billions, welfare reform, and the Verizon strike.

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Someone can empty your bank account with the information on the front of every check you write

You probably shouldn’t write checks.

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$100 million is going to the person with the best idea for how to spend $100 million

What would you do with $100 million? The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation would love to know—and if they like your answer, they’ll give you the cash!

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The Villains Edition

Slate Money on Peter Thiel, neoliberalism, and recidivism.

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Peter Thiel just gave other billionaires a dangerous blueprint for perverting philanthropy

Silicon Valley has always had its fair share of large egos. But until now, they haven’t generally had the stated aim of using their personal money to wage scorched-earth campaigns against private media organizations. If Thiel succeeds in having such … Continue reading

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The Finance vs Business Edition

Slate Money on the taker economy, home ownership, and stock buybacks.

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Media executives: stop saying ‘platform.’ It’s a meaningless and dangerous word.

The BBC, arguably the most venerable broadcaster in the world, is having difficulty adjusting to the digital world.

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Why Puerto Rico’s new, unelected shadow government is exactly what it needs

Soon, the U.S. territory will be run by a group of seven unelected individuals, most of whom will be appointed by Republicans in Washington.

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The 37 Ave B debate

I annotate a contentious letter about the fight between the tenants of 37 Ave B, including the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union.

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The Peer Pressure Edition

Slate Money on Lending Club, Google payday loan ads, and public pensions.

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The Frack You Edition

Slate Money on nonvoting shares, oil industry bankruptcies, and bank class-action suits.

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The Yanis Varoufakis Is Not on Slate Money Edition

Slate Money on Greece, Puerto Rico, and the Brexit.

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Mark Zuckerberg just made his boldest power grab ever

You thought the machinations in The Social Network were bad? Well, Mark Zuckerberg just effectively declared himself dictator-for-life at Facebook.

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5 Lessons in Today’s Art Market From a Sotheby’s Advisor, annotated

A fascinating interview with the one and only Amy Cappellazzo.

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Larry Summers is wrong. Harvard should be spending much, much more of its money.

Summers is, by a long shot, the worst thing that ever happened to Harvard.

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The Dubious Values Edition

Slate Money with Margit Wennmachers on Theranos, Silicon Valley, and German company culture.

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Prince was a genius who chose art over money

He knew that art and reach are two different things. Reach made him famous. But what he lived for was art.

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The Future History Festival Edition

Slate Money live with Rose Eveleth and Gideon Lichfield.

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The International Edition

Slate Money with Josh Reich on Simple, financial tech, and the Panama Papers.

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