By Feliz Solomon for Fortune
Moves toward more cashless societies could reduce inequality, a leading economist suggests, by potentially reducing crime and making labor practices more transparent. (more…)
In my last post on Uber, I noted that it was burning through cash and that this cash burn, by itself, is neither unexpected nor a bad sign. Since I got quite a few comments on what I said, I decided to make this post just about the causes and consequences of cash burn. In the process, I hope to dispel two myths held on opposite ends of the investing spectrum, the notion on the part of value investors, that a high cash burn signals a death spiral for a business and the equally strongly held belief, at the start-up investing end , that a cash burn is a sign of growth and vitality. (more…)
The world is braced for the discovery of a fifth fundamental force of nature — the four known ones being electromagnetism, gravity, and strong and weak nuclear forces — that subverts the so-called standard model of particle physics. Given the lackluster outlook for global growth, maybe economics needs a similar revolution.
By Ella Thuiner for Huffington Post
The United States may be home to Amazon, Apple, and Google, but with widespread online distribution and novel ideas like peer-to-peer insurance, Europe is firmly in the lead when it comes to insurance innovation. Companies like Germany’s Friendsurance and the U.K.’s Guevara are bringing a social networking model to the insurance industry, allowing customers to create groups of friends with whom they share risks. A portion of the group’s premium is set aside to pay claims, and if the group has a lower-than-average number of accidents, everyone gets some money back.
Technological innovations have played an important role in disrupting sometimes complacent industries and markets. Transportation innovators like Uber and Lyft have used new technologies to revolutionize the way individuals travel from location to location, while others like Plated and Blue Apron have begun to change individuals’ food consumption habits.
By Janet Novack for Forbes
How much can you spend each year in retirement if you don’t want to outlive your money? Should you delay claiming Social Security benefits if doing so requires you to take money from your 401(k) or IRA before required payouts begin? What’s the most tax efficient way to draw down various pots of money? Should you annuitize some of your wealth? Tap home equity with a reverse mortgage? If Brexit or some other event slams your portfolio, how much should you cut back on discretionary spending? Will you need additional help managing your finances as you age? (more…)
By Cade Metz for Wired
I JUST ASKED a bot to tell me how much I spent on coffee this past month. And a few moments later, it replied. “Let’s see,” it said. “You spent $199.83.” (more…)