Comparing a Meltdown, a Lockdown, and a Catalytic Converter

As the value of palladium goes up, so too do the number of catalytic converter thefts. Unless you drive an EV, your car has a catalytic converter. Mandated because they diminish emissions, catalytic converters can be sliced off the belly…

The Special Side of a New Twenty Dollar Bill

Harriet Tubman might soon be on a new twenty dollar bill. Enslaved in Maryland by the owner of a small farm, Harriet Tubman (c.1822-1913) ran away when she was approximately 18. She left her husband and family behind but repeatedly…

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…

Is it Okay to Go Cashless During a Pandemic?

While cities, states, and countries have many more cashless transactions because of the pandemic, there is a downside.

How the U.S. Mint and a Breath Mint Are Causing Coin Shortages

Hershey’s Breath Saver mints and the U.S. Mint have both contributed to the coin shortages problems that the Federal Reserve is trying to solve.

When It’s Legal to Launder Our Money

Worried about contaminated currency, monetary officials have quarantined cash and limited its circulation during epidemics.

What Happens When Landlords Don’t Receive the Rent

When millions of jobless individuals cannot pay the rent, they initiate a ripple of nonpayments that touches many people and businesses.

The Cash That We Stash During a Disaster

In the past, and now, when there is political and economic uncertainty, we’ve had global demand for U.S. $100 bills increase.

Throwback Thursday: Morgan Stanley, E*Trade, and the 1930s

When it announced its $13 billion deal for E*Trade, Morgan Stanley reminded us of the reason it was created during the 1930s.

The Human Side of Money

Economic anthropologists focus on the human side of money when they see us now and in the past, as individuals, as families, and as one world.