“At an auction in January, a card from the game’s first edition, which depicted the golden dragon Charizard and was graded in perfect 10.0 condition, sold for $300,000. The most expensive cards from the ‘Unlimited’ edition wouldn’t fetch quite that much, but a lucky buyer could still find himself with a card that would buy […]
The Mirage of the Black Middle Class
“Black Americans have been shut out of stability at every turn.”
The Code That Controls Your Money
COBOL, an old coding language that not many people know about, controls the world’s financial systems.
Fire Sale: Finance and Fascism in the Amazon Rainforest
From global capital to YouTube, carbon credits to indigenous land defenders in their own words, Will Meyer has compiled a reading list on who lit the match and how the fire might be stopped.
We Love Moms, as Long as They Have Good Insurance
In the U.S., getting pregnant can be exciting, joyful, and the first step toward a lifetime of debt.
Inside the Canadian Credit Bubble, Where Too Many Canadians Live Beyond their Means
Canada’s new middle class lives paycheck to paycheck, unwilling to give up certain lifestyle choices.
I’d Gladly Pay You Tomorrow For a Hamburger Today, If Only My Debit Card Weren’t Frozen
Ubiquitous digital payments: harbinger of a glorious future, or smokescreen for powerful interests that want to control (and undermine) choice and capitalism?
Money: It Can’t Buy Love, But Can It Rent You a Best Friend?
In Bloomberg, Patrick Clark introduces us to Dusty Wunderlich (real name), the man who’s trying to monetize man’s best friend by leasing out purebred dogs.
I’m Renting a Dog?
Can purebreds on leases democratize credit? The Nevadan behind Wags Lending thinks so.
Borges and $: The Parable of the Literary Master and the Coin
Thirty years ago, the world lost a great literary mind—the Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges. Today, Elizabeth Hyde Stevens revisits the financial conditions that produced this life of pure literature, finding unexpected hope in the darkest period of Borges’ forgotten past.