The Colors That We Care About

In The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep (wonderfully) told us about color:   But there is much more… Standardizing Color Assume for a moment that you will be using the color purple for a project. You just need to say…

Our Weekly Economic News Roundup: From Ranking Airlines to Trading Stock

Weekly Roundup​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Sunday 2.21.20 Why Citibank and Texas are similar… Monday 2.22.20 When free can change a stock market… Tuesday 2.23.20 How to rank airlines… Wednesday 2.24.20 When a fake country got real loans… Thursday 2.25.20 Where a husband…

Where Women Do the Most Unpaid Work

In Beijing, unpaid housework just got a price. Because of their new Civil Code, a Chinese judge decided that a divorce settlement had to include compensation for the former wife. He said that in addition to monthly alimony, she was…

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 the Best and Worst Airlines Are Different

The rules used to be that, for no extra charge, you could fly with your (untrained) emotional support animal (ESA). As long as you had a corroborating letter from a health professional, it was okay with most airlines. The pig…

How a Citigroup Blunder and a Texas Blackout Are Similar

Last August, Citigroup accidentally wired a $900 million payback to some lenders. Now, Texas is experiencing catastrophic power outages and water shortages. Both could be similar. Outdated Infrastructure Citigroup Our story starts in 2016 with a cosmetics company that needed…

Our Weekly Economic News Roundup: From Sports Fans to Superheroes

Weekly Roundup​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Sunday 2.14.20 What your economic Valentine says… Monday 2.15.20 When fans affect athletes, coaches, and referees … Tuesday 2.16.20 How a catalytic converter is like a penny… Wednesday 2.17.20 What we need to know about the China…

Where We Lost 20,507,518 Years From COVID-19

In addition to at least 1,279,866 deaths in 81 countries as of January 6, 2021, the devastating impact of COVID-19 can be seen through a YLL, years of life lost, lens. COVID-19 Impact In the world, the average lifespan for…

The Thousands of Marvel Superheroes We Will Meet

When Disney bought Marvel, it wound up with the rights to 7,000 characters and, as they described it, perhaps 20 years’ worth of worlds to explore. Meet, for example, Doorman. First introduced in 1989, Doorman is a class-10 teleporter (according…

What a Difference a Fan Makes…Maybe

This week, during the first five days of the 2021 Australian Open, the stadium was packed…by pandemic standards. It was 50 percent occupied with up to 30,000 fans. Then, authorities declared a snap lockdown because of a Covid outbreak. The…