Stop Trying to Make Financial Literacy Happen

It’s a noble distraction from actual consumer protection. That’s why the financial services industry loves it.

Jan. 29 2015 11:44 AMThe Best Affordable Housing Plan in the U.S. Isn’t Good EnoughNew York City’s ambitious efforts will still leave residents scraping by. American cities need a national housing fix.
Jan. 22 2015 2:20 PMSpoiler AlertChildren’s birthday parties are getting more and more extravagant. Here’s how we let it happen.
Jan. 13 2015 4:40 PMKludge NotObama’s plan for free community college is elegant and forward-thinking—unlike virtually all U.S. policy fixes.
Jan. 7 2015 7:48 PMThose Protesting Harvard Professors Have a PointWe’re all still paying too much for our health care.
Dec. 30 2014 10:30 PMThe Year in UberThe world’s brashest startup spent 2014 expanding aggressively and infuriating just about everyone.
Dec. 24 2014 1:33 PMFrequent CriersAmericans love to complain about cramped flights and extra fees. So why do they keep choosing them?
Dec. 17 2014 6:17 PMThe Year’s Best AdvertisementsBudweiser puppies, Woo Woo, the return of Salt-N-Pepa, and more of 2014’s best commercials.
Dec. 5 2014 4:26 PMA Promise to Slate Listeners Cost Me Nearly $20,000And I couldn’t be happier about it.
Nov. 27 2014 11:22 AMThe Startup FactoryLooking at Silicon Valley’s new model of entrepreneurship.
Nov. 23 2014 11:09 PMWhat’s Really Wrong With Uber?Maybe the company’s not evil, just inept. 
Nov. 20 2014 9:30 AMDrug BustFor 30 years, generic medications helped make health care cheaper. Why is their cost surging?
Nov. 18 2014 2:06 PMWalmart’s WeathermanHarsh winters can be bad news for retailers. That’s one reason they call in corporate meteorologists. 
Nov. 10 2014 5:49 PMLet Them Eat LunchAmerican workers don’t take enough breaks. That’s why every company needs a cafeteria.
Nov. 5 2014 5:10 PMUrban OnshoringHow to bring tech jobs back to the United States.
Oct. 29 2014 9:00 AMWhat’s Good for the GooseThe down in your winter jacket may not be cruelty-free. Key players in the outerwear industry want to change that.  
Jan. 27 2015 3:47 PMDon’t Tax College Savings YetPresident Obama is right that 529 accounts benefit the wealthy. But they could become an important tool for the middle class.
Jan. 16 2015 4:54 PMThe DIY Safety NetWe feel good when we crowdfund people’s medical bills. We should feel worse that we even need to.
Jan. 12 2015 2:15 PMShould You Cut the Cord?Use Slate’s calculator to see if dropping cable TV and paying for streaming services will really save you money.
Jan. 5 2015 4:11 PMRank and VileThe Economist whiffed on its list of influential economists. Here’s how the magazine should have done it.
Dec. 29 2014 2:26 PMThomas Piketty Won 2014Not everyone buys the French economist’s ideas about wealth. But they’re debating the issues on his terms now.
Dec. 19 2014 5:07 PMDon’t Sweat the Dodd-Frank RollbackCongress just gave Wall Street a win. It also opened the door for smarter, better financial reform.
Dec. 10 2014 12:15 PMCents and SensibilityTrust Thomas Piketty on economic inequality. Ignore what he says about literature.
Dec. 5 2014 12:05 PMDon’t Fear an Oil BustYes, it’ll hurt the U.S. energy industry. It could also make it better.
Nov. 26 2014 6:56 AMWaste Not, Want NotThis startup could turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into fertilizer.
Nov. 21 2014 2:19 PMBig Bucks or Bogus Betting Baloney?NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says there’s $400 billion per year of illegal sports betting in the U.S. alone. Seriously?
Nov. 19 2014 4:22 PMEmission StatementA carbon tax won’t happen anytime soon. Chevrolet just proved it should.
Nov. 14 2014 10:10 AMWould Walmart’s Prices Spike if They Paid Their Employees More?Watch this video to find out.
Nov. 7 2014 3:09 PMWhat Happens When a Disruptor Gets DisruptedThe war between auto dealers and TrueCar, a company that wanted to change car sales.
Nov. 3 2014 11:48 PMOff the MarketWe have stacks of research to explain why stocks rise and fall—but most of it is all wrong.
Oct. 27 2014 4:29 PMIn Search of Uber’s UnicornThe ride-sharing service says its median driver makes close to six figures. But the math just doesn’t add up.