Zachary Karabell Zachary Karabell

Zachary Karabell is an author, money manager, and commentator. His most recent book is The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World.

The Edgy Optimist
Sept. 9 2014 10:38 AMWhy Indie Bookstores Are on the Rise AgainBorders and B&N tried to compete with Amazon, and failed. Independent stores can’t even try—nor do they have to.
The Edgy Optimist
Aug. 15 2014 12:34 PMAmericans’ Outlook on the Economy Just Doesn’t Square With the FactsOur sour mood is contradicted by almost every single economic indicator.
The Edgy Optimist
July 22 2014 11:55 AMPunitive DamagesSimply punishing banks is beside the point. What we need is real, constructive reform.
The Edgy Optimist
July 2 2014 11:25 AMHow India’s Economic Rise Could Bolster America’s EconomyNarendra Modi’s pro-reform government could do for the next decade what China did at the turn of the millennium.
The Edgy Optimist
June 11 2014 4:18 PMEasy MoneyEven without the Fed, we are awash in cash.
The Edgy Optimist
June 2 2014 10:41 AMJunk Bonds Are Back!And actually, they never really went away.
The Edgy Optimist
May 15 2014 3:24 PMEconomists Think That Wages Are Going to Rise This YearThey should think again.
The Edgy Optimist
May 1 2014 12:33 PMCassandras EverywhereThe global economy is placid. So why are so many prognosticators convinced it’s on the verge of total collapse?
The Edgy Optimist
April 17 2014 12:51 PMYes, CEO Pay Is Exorbitant. Here’s Why We Should Stop Obsessing Over It.
The Edgy Optimist
April 2 2014 1:09 PMShocked. Shocked!Why is Wall Street acting so surprised about high-frequency trading?
The Edgy Optimist
March 11 2014 11:51 PMEverything We Know About Our China Trade Deficit Is Wrong
The Edgy Optimist
Aug. 25 2014 11:24 AMThe Fed Is Not As Powerful As We ThinkBut we’ve fostered an unhealthy dependency on its leader.
The Edgy Optimist
Aug. 1 2014 5:24 PMDouble DefaultArgentina’s financial woes can be partly blamed on one New York hedge fund.
The Edgy Optimist
July 11 2014 3:22 PMInstead of Killing the Export-Import Bank, Let’s Clone It
The Edgy Optimist
June 20 2014 4:23 PMNo Sex, Please, We’re FrenchIt’s silly that France won’t include drugs and prostitution in its GDP.
The Edgy Optimist
June 4 2014 4:38 PMIn the Context of No ContextWe can’t understand Tiananmen Square if we don’t understand the lethal chaos of the century that preceded it.
The Edgy Optimist
May 23 2014 1:20 PMDeflating ExpectationsEconomists have inflation on the brain, but they’re missing the point.
The Edgy Optimist
May 7 2014 6:11 PMAmerica, Meet AlibabaThe Chinese e-commerce giant’s IPO is surprisingly important for the future of the U.S. economy.
The Edgy Optimist
April 25 2014 10:21 AMUber and Airbnb Cut Out the Middleman. Why Are Governments So Rattled?
The Edgy Optimist
April 9 2014 3:27 PMReality Has No Partisan BiasIt’s time to face facts: The problems facing the American jobs landscape are structural, not cyclical.
The Edgy Optimist
March 26 2014 8:14 AMRight Said FedWhy does the investing class hang on Janet Yellen’s every word and move?
The Edgy Optimist
March 7 2014 2:03 PMMissing Persons ReportOur obsession with the unemployment rate obscures more telling indicators about the economy.



Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
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Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.