What happens to people on seven-figure incomes when they pay lower taxes on their first $250,000 income, but higher taxes on the rest, as the Obama administration is proposing? It turns out that they end up paying fewer taxes altogether: $6,349 less per year, on average. (See Thoma, Klein, Marr.)
Rupert Murdoch is launching a new national newspaper, which will be “distributed exclusively as paid content for tablet computers such as Apple’s iPad and mobile phones”.
Social Workout has photos from inside Goldman’s spanking-new 54,000-square-foot gym, but leaves the most interesting factoid in the comments. It turns out that being a Goldman employee might be necessary to gain entrance to the gym, but it’s not sufficient: you also need to cough up a monthly membership fee in order to gain access to those standard-issue Russell Athletic t-shirts and gray shorts. If you’re a managing director or higher, the fee is $132 a month; vice-presidents pay $75 a month; and everybody else pays $51 per month.
David Streitfeld’s NYT piece on home-equity defaults is so aggressively anecdotal, rather than quantitative, that he even says at one point that “the amount of bad home equity loan business during the boom is incalculable”. I really don’t think that’s true: a lot of very smart analysts have done a lot of pretty accurate work on that front. And Streitfeld himself belies the statement by including a pretty illuminating chart with his story.