Dear budding journalist,

Words of advice for young journalists

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The Flipping and Flopping Edition

Slate Money on President Obama’s flip-flop on the 529 college savings plan, the FCC’s flip-flop on net neutrality, and Shake Shack’s flipping of burgers but not (yet) flopping on the public stock market.

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The ingredients of a great newsletter

Thursday’s Stratechery newsletter, annotated.

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Adding up wealth is a silly way to measure inequality

We can’t learn anything useful by comparing the wealth of the super-rich to the aggregated net worth of the bottom 50% or even 90% of the population.

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Why tomorrow’s technology needs a regulatory revolution

We need a regulatory revolution commensurate with the technological revolution that is going to happen anyway.

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Measles makes a comeback. Should we blame millennials?

One of the biggest public-health issues facing American children today is a terrifying rise in the number of unvaccinated kids. The kids themselves, of course, are blameless: it’s their parents who are to blame. And who are those parents? Overwhelmingly, they’re millennials.

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Buying at Sotheby’s just got more expensive – again

One consequence of rising buyer’s premiums is that the auction houses are becoming less transparent every year.

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The Sports Edition

Slate Money on paying college athletes, the real cost of sports stadiums, and the outsized salary of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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Sovereigns, Vultures and Ignoble Cowardice

Atrocious jurisprudence has plunged Argentina into an unwanted default and upended the world of sovereign debt.

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How stupid is a Davos audience, anyway?

All of us have occasionally applauded a speech we haven’t listened to.

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The Davos Edition

Slate Money on what actually happens when you go to Davos, when the European Central Bank tries quantitative easing, and when the U.S. capital gains tax goes up.

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Davos: Fear ascendant

I suspect that 2015 is going to be the year that fear becomes self-fulfilling.

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Fact check: How many jets actually flew into Davos?

The headlines, it seems, are off by an entire order of magnitude.

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Oxfam’s misleading wealth statistics

My first attempt at evergreen journalism: a recapitulation and update of a post I wrote at Reuters in the wake of Oxfam’s last report.

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The “Crazy Currencies” Edition

Slate Money on the ups and downs of bitcoin and the Swiss franc.

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Poll: Do Americans have the right to blaspheme religion?

The results of a Fusion survey.

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Felix Salmon Has Something to Tell You

A Q&A about media, and what I’m up to at Fusion

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The “Shrinkage” Edition

Slate Money on shrinking birthrates in Japan, shrinking prices in the eurozone, and the shrinking cost of television access.

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Your next watch

Just might not be made by Apple

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The Econ 101 Edition

Inspired by an email from a teacher, the Slate Money crew discusses 10 things that every high school economics student should know.

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The Matt Levine Is Amazing Edition

Matt Levine of Bloomberg View joins the Slate Money crew and special guest Shane Ferro of Business Insider to discuss insider trading, bank earnings, and Argentina.

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The terrifying rise of intentional catastrophes

In a world with an ever-increasing frequency of catastrophes, far too many will be considered, rightly or wrongly, to be intentional.

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Susan Wojcicki’s biggest challenge

Can she turn YouTube into an ad platform as indispensable as Facebook?

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The Quadraphonic Edition

Slate Money on the currency crisis in Russia, a reversal of the swaps ”push-out” rule, the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, and U.S.-Cuba relations.

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Art: Pre-capitalist conspicuous waste?

If art is becoming an asset class, then the whole global economy will suffer as a result.

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