Felix Salmon

Why Netflix is producing original content

By Felix Salmon
June 13, 2013

Matthew Ball has a long examination of the economics of Netflix’s original content, looking at it on a show-by-show level. He starts with the cost of producing something like Arrested Development, and then works out how many extra subscribers Netflix would need to attract in order to justify that cost. (Or, how many extra months existing subscribers would have to keep their subscriptions for, compared to when they would unsubscribe otherwise.) He writes:

Counterparties: Government’s governance problem

By Ben Walsh
June 12, 2013

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Annals of market manipulation, FX edition

By Felix Salmon
June 12, 2013

First it was rates, now it’s FX: in the wake of the Libor scandal, Bloomberg has found anecdotal evidence of market manipulation in the FX world as well.

Investing in bonds while rates are rising

By Felix Salmon
June 12, 2013

James Stewart is worried about the bond market, which has plunged in recent weeks:

Counterparties: The skills that pay fewer bills

June 11, 2013

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Counterparties: Living longer with less

By Ben Walsh
June 10, 2013

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Adventures with quantitative philanthropy

By Felix Salmon
June 10, 2013

Quantitative philanthropy definitely seems to be a Thing these days. In the Washington Post, Dylan Matthews is writing about GiveWell and about people who are taking high-earning jobs just so that they can give more money away; in the WSJ, Brad Reagan is writing about John Arnold and his determination “to solve some of the country’s biggest problems through data analysis and science”. (Free version here.) And Columbia University Press recently published The Robin Hood Rules for Smart Giving, a guide to the way in which philanthropies should use a framework called “relentless monetization” to guide where and how they spend their money.

Why payday loans won’t get cheaper

By Felix Salmon
June 10, 2013

Raj Date, the former deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tells American Banker’s Maria Aspan that, in the words of her headline, “Banks Can Develop a Better, Cheaper Payday Loan”. Well, yes, they can. But they won’t.

Counterparties: America’s consistently dissatisfying jobs market

By Ben Walsh
June 7, 2013

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