All The Single Ladies

Single women helped build America. For some 250 years, women free of the obligations of house and children have been essential in helping the country win wars and develop urban centers. Although single women have made many strides toward social equality in recent decades, there’s no question that being a single woman in modern society is […]

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Age of Propaganda

With the exception of dictators and authoritarian leaders whose every whim becomes law, those in power usually have to use alternative methods – namely persuasion and propaganda – to achieve their aims and bring the general public on board. By carefully manipulating our view of the world, people in positions of power strive to make […]

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A World in Disarray

Since the end of the Cold War, international relations have changed drastically. From a grounding in non-interventionist foreign policies, the world is moving toward a more interventionist world order with a growing number of powerful players. This article examines a geopolitical system which is increasingly defined by global disorder, from atrocities that are all too often […]

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100+

The average human life span has climbed steadily over the last two centuries: from 29 in the early nineteenth century to nearly 70 today. As technological and scientific developments continue to unroll, this trend can only increase in the future. Yet if we all keep living longer and longer, there will – of course – be […]

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Cut Costs Not Corners

When a company cuts costs, it usually means you can expect shoddier products and worse service. If you’ve ever been on a call with a bank or telecom provider after they had implemented a round of cuts and outsourcing, you may well have spent hours on hold, only to finally speak with a service employee […]

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Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings

While the stock market goes up and down from year to year, it’s good to know that some of the fundamentals of investment theory have remained consistent for generations. This article lays out the key characteristics of what you should look for when investing in a company, and helps you determine whether you’re a high-risk investor […]

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Buying Your First Home

First job, first kiss and maybe even a first hangover; these are all memorable moments in a person’s life that might mark the start of another chapter when growing up. But there is one major step that really represents a person’s coming of age: buying your first home. This is a hugely significant choice that […]

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Black Edge

It’s common knowledge these days that Wall Street has a lot to answer for. After the events of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, one would hope that governments would crack down on the excesses at the heart of global finance. Sadly, that simply has not been the case, and the injustice of this state of affairs is […]

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Barbarians at the Gate

When we think of the 1980s, the yuppie is an archetype that comes to mind for many people. These flashy big spenders, who strove at all costs to maintain their glamorous and luxurious lifestyle, have come to epitomize the excesses of that decade. Few stories embody these traits and the general atmosphere of the 1980s as […]

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The Education of a Value Investor

If you had to put a price on it, how much would you pay to change your outlook, and your life, forever? Guy Spier’s price was $650,100. And that was just to have lunch with business magnate and philanthropist Warren Buffett, a man he believed could provide him with the tools to transform himself from a […]

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