When Your Gas Tank Is Like Your Bank Account

It is possible that bank runs during the early 1930s can explain the gasoline shortages created by the Colonial Pipeline hacking.

How a Fake Country Fooled the Big Banks

As an emerging markets investor in 19th century South America, it was tough to find out what was really happening. At best, up-to-date news had a three month journey. Even with good winds, the round trip between London and South…

How Free Stock Trades Can Be Expensive

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely demonstrated the impact of “free” in an experiment that he described in Predictably Irrational. At first, participants could choose a Hershey’s Kiss for a penny or a Lindt Truffle for 15 cents. Selected by 73%, the…

A Bit of Bitcoin Geography

Our story starts in San Francisco with a programmer, Stefan Thomas, who has a cache of 7,002 Bitcoin worth approximately $220 million (on January 12). During 2011, he was given those Bitcoin for making this animated video. Do take a…

Why We Need to Know About the Cupcake Bubble

Long gone, but still here in many ways, the cupcake bubble is a timeless story about more than decadent food.

Looking at the Bulls and the Bears

Looking at the ups and downs of bull and bear markets takes us to the past and present Dow Industrial Average and the S&P 500.

Throwback Thursday: From Dutch Tulips to New York Cupcakes

TBT: Looking at financial bubbles, we could see that stock markets, cupcakes, tulip bulbs, and real estate have a lot in common.

The $4 Trillion Question

Although quantitative easing flooded the banking system with trillions of dollars, we are still debating how much it lifted the economy.

The Six Facts That We Need To Know About the Federal Reserve

The six Federal Reserve facts that we need to know relate to why it was created, what it always does, and what is happening now.

How a Sock Puppet Created a Bubble

Ranging from sock puppets in 2000 to the spread of the automobile in the 1920s, the causes of market bubbles are different and yet similar.