Author Archives: Felix

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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The Well-Endowed Edition

Slate Money on Saudi Arabia, Wilbur Ross, and endowments.

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The Powell’s Books Edition

Slate Money on Republican tax plans, the opioid crisis, and Jay Powell.

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The Berserk Battle Over the Berkshire Museum and Its Art Collection

This week, the state’s attorney general called for a temporary restraining order to block Sotheby’s from selling works from the museum’s collection.

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The Tiran and Sanafir Edition

Slate Money on sexual harassment, NEOM, and trading cryptocurrencies.

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Deaccessioning: The good, the bad, and the illegal

I’ve been clear for some months now that I consider the Berkshire Museum’s current deaccessioning plan to be a very, very bad idea. But is it illegal?

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The Codfather Edition

Slate Money on the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, Scandinavian economics, and the 30th anniversary of Black Monday.

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His passion is her hobby: The sexist income gap in creative industries

24% of female creatives make $5 per hour or less.

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The Some of My Best Friends Are Petroleum Engineers Edition

Slate Money on Richard Thaler, Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy, and Brexit.

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The Africa Edition

Slate Money on Lagos and Nairobi, China in Africa, and South African corruption.

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Give Directly comes to Houston

I’ve put my own money where my mouth is: if someone set up a system of direct cash transfers in Houston, I said I’d give in a heartbeat, and that’s exactly what I’ve done.

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The arrogant, unaccountable, and dishonest Berkshire Museum

While it’s highly likely that the sale of the museum’s masterpieces is going to go ahead as planned, there’s still a small chance that it might not.

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The Lost Masterpieces of Norman Rockwell Country

The story of the Berkshire Museum is more than one about a second-tier local institution selling off some art. It’s a story about how fragile museum-industry norms are, how unaccountable a museum director can be, and how much destruction can … Continue reading

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The Krautrock Edition

Slate Money on music royalties, Puerto Rican bondholders, and Wolfgang Schäuble.

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How DNDI multiplies your donation

Let other medical charities strike their own course in a quixotic attempt to zag where governments zig. This is one area where it’s best to just trust the global experts in the field.

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Trump hasn’t hurt Puerto Rico. Yet.

If Congress manages to give Puerto Rico the resources it needs to rebuild after Maria, and if FEMA continues to do a creditable job in terms of disaster relief, then that will be a win for America’s robust government institutions … Continue reading

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The Anna’s Air Quotes Edition

Slate Money on Toys R Us filing for bankruptcy, the new startup Loftium, and sukuk bonds.

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Invisible effects, invisible causes

Invisible causes are always going to be underfunded, and/or funded overwhelmingly by governments and large institutions.

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The Delicious Mexican Dirt Edition

A Slate Money bonus episode on gaydar A.I., L’Oréal for men, Facebook advertising, and Ray Dalio.

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The Homicidal Sexbots Edition

Slate Money on Equifax, SoFi, and sex robots.

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Food waste: The world’s biggest market failure

You can make the world a better place by spending $1,500 less at the grocery store.

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The real reason to divest from sin stocks

Divestment is a political gesture. It’s idealistic, rather than technocratic. It’s the right thing to do even if it turns out to be utterly futile.

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The Peripatetic Headquarters Edition

Slate Money on concert ticket scams, the sale of legacy media brands, and Amazon’s new headquarters.

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How states could end the student-debt collections trap

By working together, state attorneys general could force changes.

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