Felix Salmon

Counterparties: Why your house is getting more valuable

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Kroll: Even sleazier than we thought

It’s taken more than three years for the other shoe to drop, but boy what a shoe this is.

The problem with the return of manufacturing

Charles Fishman has an upbeat cover story in the new Atlantic, talking about how manufacturing is making its way back from China to America. As the world demands an ever-more nimble manufacturing sector, able to produce smaller quantities of goods more quickly, it makes sense to make those goods here rather than be forced to spend a month shipping them over from China, especially with shipping costs rising. On top of that, Chinese manufacturing costs are rising too: inputs from labor to natural gas are getting much more expensive. (Natural gas costs four times as much in China as in the U.S., while James Fallows reports that a typical Foxconn salary is now $400 a month, three times what it was six years ago.)

Counterparties: No one likes Leveson

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How not to rank US cities

More than half the world now lives in cities, and nearly all the growth and value creation in the world comes from what Richard Florida calls “megaregions” centered on large conurbations. So it’s really useful to see which cities are doing well, and which are not.

A rare (and temporary) pari passu victory for Argentina

This is the best news that Argentina could possibly have hoped for: the Second Circuit Court of Appeals — the same three judges which upheld Judge Griesa’s decision last time around — has decided that this time, he’s gone too far. Here’s their order:

Counterparties: Who is Fix the Debt?

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Is stock-picking just another hobby for men?

I had a fascinating lunch, a couple of weeks ago, which lodged in my mind the idea that stock picking, at least when practiced by individuals, is best analyzed as an upper-middle-class hobby rather than as purely profit-focused investing activity. Once you start looking at it that way, suddenly a lot of behavior, which looks irrational under most lights, starts making a lot of sense.

The economics of artisanal chocolate

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