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Josh Barro

  1. the top line
    WeWork Is Slouching Toward Its Least-Worst Rescue OptionIt looks like SoftBank is going to overpay again, even if not by as much as it did last time.
  2. buyer's market
    Today Is Boss’s Day, But Don’t Go Buy Flowers or AnythingThere is a small spike in gift-giving around this somewhat puzzling day of recognition. What gives?
  3. elizabeth warren
    Could Warren’s Abandonment of Big-Money Fundraisers Hurt Her Against Trump?Intelligencer staffers discuss the Massachusetts senator’s aversion to a time-honored candidate pastime.
  4. buyer's market
    How the Dutch Invented Elite Flyer Status Competition — With FigurinesThe business genius of KLM’s collectible, booze-filled house figurines.
  5. the top line
    Can the NBA Split Chinese Consumers From the Chinese Government?We are about to learn whether American firms have more power in our economic relationship with China than we realized.
  6. intelligencer chats
    Is the Market Underplaying the Risk Trump Poses?Intelligencer staffers discuss the effects impeachment might have on an already erratic presidency.
  7. the stock market
    Here Are the Non-Impeachment Reasons the Stock Market Is FallingThere is new data — and it’s not good.
  8. buyer's market
    Brokers Are Cutting Stock Trade Commissions to $0. What’s the Catch?You may have heard the expression, “If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.”
  9. wework
    What the Collapse of WeWork’s IPO MeansIntelligencer staffers discuss how the company’s recent struggles fit in with the broader economic picture.
  10. the top line
    WeWork Should Never Have Been a UnicornHow hard is it really to build a pleasant co-working environment? The real world has started to provide an answer.
  11. the top line
    Why Does the Stock Market Even Care About Impeachment?News that Trump might be out has sent it tumbling. But the key dynamic to understand here is a love-hate one.
  12. buyer's market
    Unlike Seat Reclining, Window Shade Disputes Require Airline InterventionIt’s easy to negotiate whether a person should be allowed to recline their seat on an airplane. Window shades are trickier.
  13. the top line
    No, a WeWork Collapse Isn’t Going to Tank the Economy. But.Outgoing CEO Adam Neumann’s business model does pose some legitimate risks for the commercial real-estate market.
  14. the top line
    WeWork Has Bigger Problems Than Adam NeumannFor instance, its business model. And convincing potential IPO investors of a $20 billion valuation is looking very difficult.
  15. federal reserve
    Decoding the Fed’s Interest Rate CutIntelligencer staffers discuss the Federal Reserve’s latest maneuver — and President Trump’s criticism of it.
  16. buyer's market
    Disloyalty Programs: What Happens If You Break the Frequent-Flier RulesFrom “throwaway ticketing” to point trading to scamming lounge time, the airlines are onto our tricks.
  17. the top line
    The Strike on the Saudi Oil Facility Poses Three Risks to the Global EconomyWe still don’t know how bad the situation is, which is why analysts are speculating that oil prices might rise steeply if more bad news emerges.
  18. democratic debates
    Did Kamala Harris Have the Worst Debate?Intelligencer staffers discuss which Democratic candidates excelled and which stumbled on Thursday night in Houston.
  19. vaping
    Vape Safety Requires Legalizing MarijuanaIf the government wants to be serious about ensuring consumer safety, it’s the only way.
  20. buyer's market
    Trump’s Cheese, Wine, Olive-Oil Tariffs May Be His Most Normal Trade PolicyIf you’re a fan of European cheeses, I’m sorry to report the price outlook is not Gouda.
  21. the top line
    Here’s Why JPMorgan’s ‘Volfefe’ Trump Twitter Index MattersInvestment-bank research desks are typically not in the “fun facts” business.
  22. the top line
    Is There a Recession Coming? Ask Again LaterIn the latest economic data, there’s fodder for the optimists and the pessimists alike.
  23. the top line
    Walmart’s Gun Decision Is Less Political Than It LooksIt’s about perceptions of safety by customers and employees. But it also underlines how much gun-rights activists have overstepped.
  24. buyer's market
    How Tax Policy Gave Us White ClawVodka soda is the chicken breast of alcoholic beverages. Why did it take so long to make something like it available in a can?
  25. buyer's market
    How Tax Policy Gave Us White ClawVodka soda is the chicken breast of alcoholic beverages. Why did it take so long to make something like it available in a can?
  26. the top line
    S.C. Johnson, Maker of Windex, Wants You to Know It’s Not in Opioid BusinessThe attorney general of Oklahoma might have created a bit of confusion on that point in discussing an opioid judgment.
  27. the top line
    The Federal Reserve Should Not Be Part of the #ResistanceFormer New York Federal Reserve Bank president Bill Dudley is making a very unwise argument about Trump and the Fed.
  28. the top line
    This Is How Trump Will Tank the Economy and His PresidencyTrump’s trade war might be headed into a self-reinforcing death spiral.
  29. buyer's market
    Equinox and SoulCycle Workers Need a UnionAfter the Stephen Ross controversy, they have an unusual amount of leverage now in a profitable business. They should use it.
  30. the top line
    Trump Can’t Have It Both Ways on the EconomyThe president wants us to believe that the economy is both booming and fragile.
  31. intelligencer chats
    Trump’s Re-Election and the Recession RiskIntelligencer staffers discuss President Trump’s re-election chances in the context of a possible economic downturn.
  32. star wars
    Disney’s New Star Wars Attraction Is an Early Bust. Here’s Why That Will Change.Despite expectations of ridiculous crowds, park attendance at Disneyland this summer has been low. But Disney knows how to turn that around.
  33. the top line
    Here’s What the ‘CRAZY INVERTED YIELD CURVE’ Means for YouAn unusual configuration of bond yields is not proof that we’re going into a recession. But there’s a reason the stock market is spooked.
  34. buyer's market
    Disney’s New Star Wars Attraction Is an Early Bust. Here’s Why That Will Change.Despite expectations of ridiculous crowds, park attendance at Disneyland this summer has been low. But Disney knows how to turn that around.
  35. the economy
    Is It (Finally) Time to Start Worrying about a Recession?Intelligencer staffers discuss the growing likelihood that an economic downturn is looming.
  36. business
    The Trump Boycotts Pose a Grave Danger to the Equinox and SoulCycle BusinessesStephen Ross’s backing of Trump threatens not only the Equinox and SoulCycle brands but the broader business strategy they support.
  37. the top line
    If Jeffrey Epstein Stole From Leslie Wexner, Why Didn’t Wexner Sue?He could have tried to get Epstein indicted for the theft. He could have sued. Didn’t he want his money back?
  38. the top line
    China’s Not a Currency Manipulator AnymoreHilariously, Trump’s “currency manipulator” designation is aimed at China’s failure to manipulate its currency as we wanted.
  39. trade war
    What Does a Trade War Worst-Case Scenario Look Like? Intelligencer staffers discuss the intensifying economic battle between China and the U.S.
  40. the top line
    China’s Yuan Devaluation Poses a Major Reelection Risk to Donald TrumpThe sharp decline in stocks underlines how this escalation in trade tensions could have some serious economic consequences.
  41. the top line
    Trump Can Trade-War His Way to Interest-Rate Cuts — Even Though It’s StupidIt’s simple: When the president does things that hurt the economy, that gives Jerome Powell & Co. more room to cut rates.
  42. democratic debates
    How Badly Did Kamala Harris Stumble at the Democratic Debate?Intelligencer staffers discuss who shined (Cory Booker), who didn’t (Harris), and who did what they needed to do (Joe Biden).
  43. the top line
    The Fed May Have Had No Choice But to Confuse Us AllJerome Powell faces an interesting challenge: how be clear about his intentions, even as he’s improvising to clean up Trump’s messes.
  44. the top line
    On Stock Buybacks, Democrats Are Making a Classic Republican ErrorIf they want firms to pay higher wages, then they should enact policies that do that directly.
  45. the top line
    The T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Remedy Makes No SenseIf the whole rationale behind the merger that a small fourth carrier can’t compete with the big guys, why create a new one?
  46. the top line
    Why We Can’t Figure Out Why American Infrastructure Is So ExpensiveAnd why it’s going to be so expensive to find an answer.
  47. the top line
    Is Netflix Necessary?The streaming giant might be facing a moment of truth about its business model.
  48. the top line
    Here’s Why Airline Safety Videos Have Gotten So ElaborateThey used to have the drab feel of corporate instructional videos. But in recent years, airlines have sensed a branding opportunity.
  49. the top line
    Is the New Bipartisan Consensus on Interest Rates an Illusion?Republicans and Democrats have found rare alignment on monetary policy. But will “the hack gap” reopen if a Democrat becomes president?
  50. the top line
    It’s Time to Stop This Ridiculous Hotel Pricing Practice“Resort fees” and “destination fees” are used to mislead consumers about room rates. Washington, D.C., is suing to keep operators honest.
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