Author Archives: Felix

Be happy when your favorite restaurant raises its prices

Next time you see your favorite restaurant raise its prices, be happy for them: it’s a sign they’re succeeding in this toughest of industries.

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The Thinx Twice Edition

Slate Money discusses Thinx founder Miki Agrawal’s sexual harassment allegations and how venture capitalist J.D. Vance is looking to invest in startups—in Ohio.

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Hannah Black’s intervention against white supremacy is perfect for the Whitney Biennial

Schutz’s painting remains exhibited on the Whitney’s very expensive new walls. But that doesn’t mean that Black hasn’t successfully accomplished exactly what she wanted to achieve.

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Villains, antiheroes, and dystopia: How Hollywood’s blockbusters helped me understand Trump

There’s a manic millenarianism to much of Trump’s support, a revolutionary fever dream where the rich are overthrown, the working classes take over, and where enormous amounts of blood run in the streets.

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How to bribe Trump’s White House

In a Trump White House full of gazillionaires, there are lots of holdings that can’t easily be valued, and that give mysterious Chinese companies lots of ways to transfer wealth into the pockets of the powerful.

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Nota bene #7

Amal Clooney doesn’t need your Likes, or your clicks, or your support.

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The Soft Power Edition

Slate Money discusses State Street’s plan to place more women in executive roles, Swift’s banning of North Korean banks, and the eccentric billionaire owner of SoftBank.

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Jason Chaffetz should never make any decisions for working class people

Chaffetz believes in the power of markets, and of choice. But in practice, he gets it all wrong.

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The Hedge Funds Behaving Badly Edition

Slate Money discusses eccentric hedge-funders with Sheelah Kolhatkar, plus Herbalife and the insider trading allegations at the heart of her book Black Edge.

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Why Warren Buffett is wrong about buybacks

The problem is that the three most common answers (Buybacks Good, Buybacks Bad, and Buybacks Good Only If The Share Price Is Low) tend to be answers to three different questions.

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The Oscars: How the voting system won it for Moonlight

La La Land got a plurality of the votes, but Serious Dramas got a majority. When that happens, La La Land will win a prize like Best Director which is decided in the first round, but, happily for Moonlight, it … Continue reading

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The Relatively Nonevil Edition

Slate Money discusses Uber’s continuing public relation woes and Kraft’s attempted takeover of Unilever.

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Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown is a gift to violent criminals

More than ever, federal immigration policy is working in direct opposition to the interests of local law enforcement.

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This billionaire’s letter eviscerates the Trump agenda

As Donald Trump does his rounds with billionaires, he should really drop in on Bill Gates at some point.

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The Vanishing Edition

Slate Money discusses Snap Inc.’s upcoming IPO and Airbnb’s future challenges.

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America’s CEOs are acting like total cowards when it comes to Donald Trump

CEOs: It’s time to speak up. The future of America is at stake.

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The Creativity Edition

Slate Money discusses the economics of the film, book, and music industries with Derek Thompson.

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This GOP bill is the perfect example of robbing the poor to pay the rich

Trump voters constitute a huge proportion of the people who will be most harmed by this bill.

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The Cathy’s Dream Edition

Cathy O’Neil hand-picks all of Slate Money’s topics, including how psychometrics helped shape the recent U.S. election and the safety of statistics in the Trump era.

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Impartiality or diversity. Pick one.

A news outlet like Fusion can never be impartial.

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The Jump Ship Edition

Slate Money discusses America’s abandonment of the TPP and some headline news from Cathy.

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The Xi Loves Me Edition

From the World Economic Forum in Davos, Slate Money reports on China’s support for globalization and the United Kingdom’s role in a changing Europe.

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A response to Oxfam on its wealth statistics

Many thanks to Oxfam’s Ben Grossman-Cohen for responding in detail to my post about his wealth statistics

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How the middle class beat the world’s billionaires

The barbell has hit Davos squarely in the face, and Davos Man is down for the count.

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The toothless global elite have surrendered to Trump’s slick ambassador

Anthony Scaramucci is in his favorite place: the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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