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The Occupy French Starbucks Edition

Slate Money on Teslas finally being cheaper, Kraft and 3G, Facebook’s content-moderation failures, and the political scene in France.

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Axios Edge: Neobanks — Deficits — Minotaurs

American banks are minting money. In 2018, they made $237 billion in profits, bringing their average return on assets to an extremely healthy 1.35%.

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The Color of Money Edition

Slate Money on black banks and the racial wealth gap.

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Meet the “minotaurs”: The companies that have raised more than $1 billion

Being a unicorn — a private company worth a billion dollars — isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Raising a billion dollars. The 55 minotaur companies

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Axios Edge: Taxes — Buybacks — AirPods

The U.S. tax system does one thing right: It collects taxes in a very smart way.

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The Lucky Strike Edition

Slate Money on lower tax refunds, Finland’s income experiment, and labor’s current strengths.

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Axios Edge: Bank mergers — Audio acquisitions — Climate finance

The Green New Deal resolution came out this week.

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The Mrs. Watanabe’s Favorite Podcast Edition

Slate Money on Spotify and Gimlet, the women’s labor force in Japan, and savings rates.

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Axios Edge: Hegemony — Poverty — Bankruptcy

America is back. Donald Trump’s White House is pushing his international agenda aggressively, with the rest of the world allowing the Trump administration to take the lead.

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The “Horse Loose in a Hospital” Edition

Slate Money on OFAC sanctions against Venezuela, Fed rates, and PG&E officially filing for bankruptcy.

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Axios Edge: Billionaires — Socialism — Venezuela

When billionaires gather in Davos, the world increasingly assumes that their prescriptions are entirely self-serving.

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The Blah Blah Blahs Matter Edition

Slate Money on AOC’s tax ideas at Davos, currency colonization, and Microsoft and housing.

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Axios Edge: Jack Bogle — Larry Fink — DJ D-Sol

1 big thing: Jack Bogle’s misunderstood legacy

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The Bad Deals Edition

Slate Money remembers Jack Bogle, discusses constant Brexit drama, and looks at bad deal-making.

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Axios Edge: De-branding — Direct listing — Ultimatums

Historically, companies were proud to name themselves after brands they had managed to elevate to a place of global name recognition.

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The WeBurnout Edition

Slate Money on millennial burnout, odd rebranding efforts, and the World Bank.

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Trump’s test at the World Bank

The presidency of the World Bank — the most powerful job in international development — is up for grabs, in the wake of the surprise resignation of Jim Yong Kim.

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Axios Edge: Apple — Mega-mergers — Stitch Fix

What we learned this week is that Apple looms unrealistically large in investors’ imaginations.

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The God Save Texas Edition

Slate Money talks Texas: tech and entrepreneurship, affordable housing and zoning, and the long history of oil in the state.

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Axios Edge: Sovereign debt — Market volatility — Chinese IPOs

Here’s to a great 2019 for all of us, including Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos, who will earn a base salary of $18 million next year.

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The Valley of Genius Edition

Slate Money on an oral history of Silicon Valley; from outrageous VC funding and juvenile bros to society-altering tech and billion-dollar business decisions.

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Axios Edge: Central bank insouciance — shutdown — buybacks

We seem to have come to the end of one of the most astonishing bull runs in stock-market history, and there’s very little indication that Fed chair Jay Powell particularly cares.

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The Panic Edition

Slate Money on a new documentary about the financial crisis, the state of business and finance news, and a look at the duopoly.

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Why the Fed was right to hike

In the 50 years before the financial crisis, the real Federal Funds rate was positive more than 80% of the time.

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Axios Edge: Impunity — Chutzpah — Derisking

“Corporations are people,” said Mitt Romney in 2011, famously, but if they are, they seem to have an impressive degree of impunity.

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