High school kids are still learning investing the way I did in the '90s: get a large sum of imaginary money and buy individual stocks for 8-10 weeks. Basically the exact wrong way to learn a lifelong investment strategy. (Not to mention these programs are often sponsored by groups representing the interests of investment brokerages.) We created Stax to take down "the stock market game." [more inside]
Political action committees (PACs) obscure which candidates they fund through layers of contributions to intermediary PACs. I built this tool to help untangle those relationship and show how money moves through webs of PACs to political candidates you might not expect. [more inside]
Cat Insanity is a responsive browser game that slowly, inevitably forces you into the brutal massacre of imaginary cats*, all to capture the emotional experience of drowning in high-interest debt. [more inside]
A simple collection of links tracking the negative financial impact of the Brexit on companies and regions.
I edited a book for freelancers to help them figure out things like how to price, how to chase payment and how to make sense of their accounting reports. It's pretty comprehensive, and it's free to download. [more inside]
Ten years ago in this space, I announced my new money blog called Get Rich Slowly. With your support, that blog grew into a business and a career. Now I've launched a new money blog called Money Boss, which covers "advanced personal finance". Money Boss is about achieving early retirement and financial independence, about mastering your money -- and your life. Because it's great to get rich slowly, but I believe you can do better! [more inside]
Website and podcast where the hosts confess their ignorance in a range of topics and ask intelligent people to explain things to them. [more inside]
Just because you’re dead, that’s no reason to give up life’s little comforts. PlanetSlade’s latest essay looks at the Chinese custom of burning special Bank of Hell currency - and paper replicas of every consumer luxury imaginable - to equip departed loved ones in the afterlife. By burning these items at funerals or beside the grave, Chinese families hope to “transmit” both spending power and treats to their late relatives. Among the items delivered in this way are banknotes for $1bn or more, luxury items like paper iPads, six-packs of beer and even paper condoms and replica Viagra tablets. The essay has lots of scans of Hell notes from my own collection, plus photographs of paper clothing, jewellery, cigarettes and telephones on sale in America and Thailand. Finally, banknote dealer Joel Anderson relates the tale of the Indian couple still hoping to find a Bank of Hell branch where their own $1bn banknote can be cashed.
I made a music video envisioning Mitt Romney as a rapper named R Money who likes to rap about how wealthy he is. There is an interesting synchronicity between some aspects of hip hop culture and wealthy media figures like Donald Trump and Mitt Romney that make for a funny juxtaposition, I think. [more inside]
Show your Solitary with the 99% via a free-use Poster by Molly Crabapple and myself as a reminder that anyone who can't afford to buy a politician is a part of the cause.
I've started a new blog about working to make your life happier, more secure, and more generous. Introductory post at Tea Party Jesus here.
We've just launched the public beta version of a new rewarding service called YouTipIt. With YouTipIt you can reward others monetarily for their online work. We are completly independent, the only corporate link is PayPal, which handles the payment services for us. I'm posting this here for two reasons: A) I'd appreaciate any feedback whatsoever. We've been working on this for months, and I'm sure many of you out there can give us a fresh perspective on things. B) We are looking content creators of any kind, willing to try it out and add a Junket to their site. If you are content creator (we call them buskers) and you are not able to work our site, please drop us a line, and help us find out where we might be failing.
Tired of all the cumbersome, complicated, and feature-heavy spending tracker apps in the iPhone App Store, I built my own. I think that 99% of people don't need to categorize their purchases or set up detailed budgets to follow the "spend less and save more" advice we've all received at one point or another. All they need is to know how much they've spent today, this past week, or over whatever time period they're interested in. Spender lets you do exactly that. All feedback is welcome and appreciated.