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How 401(k)s created a class of suckers to be fleeced by the investor class

America's 1% have waged a long war on defined-benefits pensions, insisting that America could prepare for retirement by putting their money into …

Taco Bell

Doing your own taxes? Pros say avoid these 4 blunders

It’s easy to make mistakes when you’re trying to do your own tax return, but some mistakes seem to happen way too often.<p>We asked a couple of tax pros about gaffes they see over and over again when people fly solo on tax prep.<p>Here are four big ones they want you to avoid.<p>1. Using the wrong filing …

Personal Finance

Graphene Investing In 2017

The risks are high especially in mineral mining stocks promoting their intentions to insert themselves in the graphite and graphene nascent …

Microsoft and Facebook's Headline Roller Coaster

It’s a bad day to be a bot -- shares of Microsoft and Facebook both sold off big after some bad headlines, only to turn around and pop right …

Can Amazon.com, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase Change the Healthcare Game Together?

The high costs Americans pay, and the mediocre outcomes we get, leave a lot of room for innovation and disruption.<p>In this segment of the <i>Market …

The Banana Trick and Other Acts of Self-Checkout Thievery

“Anyone who pays for more than half of their stuff in self checkout is a total moron.”<p>Beneath the bland veneer of supermarket automation lurks an ugly truth: There’s a lot of shoplifting going on in the self-scanning checkout lane. But don’t call it shoplifting. The guys in loss prevention prefer …

eCommerce

Amazon Wants to Disrupt Health Care in America. In China, Tech Giants Already Have.

BEIJING — Amazon and two other American titans are trying to shake up health care by experimenting with their own employees’ coverage. By Chinese standards, they’re behind the curve.<p>Technology companies like Alibaba and Tencent have made health care a priority for years, and are using China as …

China

Top Ways to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is by far my favorite perk in the entire points and miles world. It allows a companion to fly with you for …

What Amazon Does to Poor Cities

The debate over Amazon’s HQ2 obscures the company’s rapid expansion of warehouses in low-income areas.<p>SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—This community was still reeling from the recession in 2012 when it got a piece of what seemed like good news. Amazon, the global internet retailer, was opening a massive …

Private Sector

5 Ways the Stock Market's Remarkable Ride Could Come to a Screeching Halt

A few of these things may slow the market down.<p>NEW YORK (AP) — It’s been 365 days since the Dow Jones industrial average first crossed 20,000, and …

Stock Markets

The Atlantic Daily: Election Fallout, Cabinet Criticism, Feeding the World

And more<p>What We’re Following<p><b>Partisan Problems:</b> A new report on the Twitter activity of Russian trolls illustrates the dangers of President Trump’s divisive rhetoric, writes Conor Friedersdorf. As Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party begins negotiations to form a coalition with Angela …

Jordan Peterson

I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life

She approached him because she recognized his camera flash — Aziz Ansari was taking pictures at the 2017 Emmy Awards after-party with a film camera, …

Relationships

The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari

Allegations against the comedian are proof that women are angry, temporarily powerful—and very, very dangerous.<p>Sexual mores in the West have changed so rapidly over the past 100 years that by the time you reach 50, intimate accounts of commonplace sexual events of the young seem like science …

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader.

I’m apparently the victim of sexual assault. And if you’re a sexually active woman in the 21st century, chances are that you are, too.<p>That is what I learned from the “exposé” of Aziz Ansari published last weekend by the feminist website Babe — arguably the worst thing that has happened to the …

Feminism

Master of nothing: the downfall of comic actor Aziz Ansari

“Next time,” she told him, wanting to wait before having sex. “Well, if I poured you another glass of wine now, would it count as our second date?”<p>In …

Aziz Ansari

The Invasion of the German Board Games

Their peaceful premises and intricate rule systems are changing the way Americans play—and helping shape an industry in the process.<p>In a development that would have been hard to imagine a generation ago, when video games were poised to take over living rooms, board games are thriving. Overall, the …

Board Games

Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand What’s Happening in Iran

The president’s tweets about the recent protests are misleading and dangerous to protesters.<p>The protests that have rattled Iran this weekend are in many ways an echo of the near past. In the summer of 2009, millions of Iranians took to the streets to protest the reelection of President Mahmoud …

Donald Trump

The 99 best things that happened in 2017

If you’re feeling despair about the fate of humanity in the 21st century, you might want to reconsider.<p>In 2017, it felt like the global media picked up all of the problems, and none of the solutions. To fix that, here are 99 of the best stories from this year that you probably missed.<p>An incredible …

Top 10

America and the Great Abdication

Don’t mistake Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the world for isolationism.<p>When great powers fade, as they inevitably must, it’s normally for one of two reasons. Some powers exhaust themselves through overreach abroad, underinvestment at home, or a mixture of the two. This was the case for the Soviet …

Geopolitics

These 9 Tax Deductions Are Going Away in 2018

Learn what the tax bill just took away from taxpayers.<p>The new tax reform bill is now law, and taxpayers can expect a lot of changes to take place in …

Personal Finance

What is the blockchain? WIRED explains

It’s got stiff competition, but ‘blockchain’ might just be the tech buzzword <i>de jour</i>. Want to make your startup sound like it’s much more …

The Blockchain Could Make Trust Accessible to Everyone

Thomas Hedger<p>The blockchain isn’t just about transferring money—it’s also changing how people worldwide access data, keep and access records, and prove ownership.<p>You’ve probably heard about Bitcoin, the digital currency that many techies and Redditors have been promoting since its mysterious …

Blockchain

The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping

Despite Robert Mueller’s damaging disclosures, Republican voters offer Trump unwavering support.<p>Now that Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and agreed to dish on his former boss, some Trump-watchers are suggesting that impeachment may be around the corner. “It’s time to start …

Donald Trump

50 startups that will boom in 2018, according to VCs

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch the industry, guide the startups, hear their pitches, and invest in them?<p>We reached out to a number of top VCs and asked them which startups will boom in 2018. We invited participation from investors from a variety of backgrounds and …

Startups

Week 27: Did Flynn Flip and Did Trump Flip Out?

When defense lawyers stop talking to each other, one side often has reason to worry a deal has been cut.<p>Surging like meltwater from a glacial lake, the Trump Tower scandal investigation threatened to turn into an outburst flood this week as Michael Flynn’s legal team signaled that its client had …

Donald Trump
United States

The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

At an early age, you’re taught not to talk to strangers. Originally meant to protect us from childhood harm, this rule follows most of us into adulthood.<p>We keep to ourselves in public places. We avert our eyes on public transport. We stand frozen in the corners of cocktail parties and extended …