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Number Crunch

Forget ‘Titanic’. ‘Ever Given’ is the maritime blockbuster we need


NUMBER CRUNCH

The other half of their stimulus will obviously go toward avocado toast

An illustration of the Number Crunch logo next to the text “50%: The share of their stimulus checks that half of American 25–34-year-olds plan to spend on stocks. Source: Deutsche Bank” with an illustration of a check and a positive trending graph below it.
An illustration of the Number Crunch logo next to the text “50%: The share of their stimulus checks that half of American 25–34-year-olds plan to spend on stocks. Source: Deutsche Bank” with an illustration of a check and a positive trending graph below it.


Number Crunch

Blank-check companies are running out of viable companies to acquire

An illustration featuring the Number Crunch logo next to the text “370: The number of SPACs, or blank-check companies, that are actively looking for a target company to merge with and take public. Source: CNBC” over a background of a blank check.
An illustration featuring the Number Crunch logo next to the text “370: The number of SPACs, or blank-check companies, that are actively looking for a target company to merge with and take public. Source: CNBC” over a background of a blank check.


I Read It So You Don’t Have To

An economist gives a psychological tour through the messy business of numbers

Animation by Julia Moburg for Marker

What did I read?

So who’s this Tim Harford?


Number Crunch

$359 million worth of GameStop shares failed to deliver because buyers didn’t have the cash or sellers didn’t have the shares

Number Crunch logo next to 8-bit styled Space Invaders-like aliens with the text “$359 million: The value of GameStop shares that “failed to deliver” on Jan 28 because buyers didn’t have the money, or sellers didn’t have the shares, to settle trades. Source: Bloomberg”
Number Crunch logo next to 8-bit styled Space Invaders-like aliens with the text “$359 million: The value of GameStop shares that “failed to deliver” on Jan 28 because buyers didn’t have the money, or sellers didn’t have the shares, to settle trades. Source: Bloomberg”


Expect cryptocurrency booms, intrusive biometric tracking, and the mainstream embrace of universal basic income

A 3D rendering  of the globe with lines connecting networks all around the world.
A 3D rendering  of the globe with lines connecting networks all around the world.
Photo: DKosig/E+/Getty Images


Number Crunch

Maybe some more gold plating will help them recover


Object of the Week

The meme investor mob came after a physical commodity, and it didn’t go well


The Amazon founder shrewdly steps down at the peak of his company’s power

Photo illustration. Image source: Tyler Comrie/malerapaso/Getty Images


Off Brand

The rebel boot persisted — even when no one was wearing shoes

Photo illustration; image sources: UniversalImagesGroup, Gisela Schober, Daniel Giry/Getty Images

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