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Competent monopolists aren’t good monopolists

Ida  Tarbell’s uses her writing to kindle a fire on a tree labelled “Standard Oil Traditional Policy of Silence.” A panicked John D Rockefeller peers out of a squirrel-hole, screaming in alarm.
Ida  Tarbell’s uses her writing to kindle a fire on a tree labelled “Standard Oil Traditional Policy of Silence.” A panicked John D Rockefeller peers out of a squirrel-hole, screaming in alarm.


The first-ever options trader discovered a key insight about the nature of risk — and how to profit from it

Thales of Miletus (640–546 BC), the philosopher, astronomer and geometer who identified water as the original substance and basis of the universe. Original Artwork: Engraving by Ambrose Tardieu, Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)



Everyday Design Icons

How has the low-fi 30-year-old innovation reigned for so long?


Numbers of the Year

A year ‘business as usual’ didn’t exist

A graphic with the text “Marker Numbers of the Year” and the number “365” in giant block text below it.
A graphic with the text “Marker Numbers of the Year” and the number “365” in giant block text below it.
That’s how many days there were this year, even though it felt so much longer.
  1. $16 trillion: The additional economic output the United States would have generated since 2000 if it closed racial gaps.
  2. 427,300: How many employees Amazon added to its workforce…


Best Business Books of 2020

Three economists started competing forecasting businesses in the early 20th century. They all got the Great Depression wrong.

Roger W. Babson points to a graph titled “Physical Volume of Business”
Roger W. Babson points to a graph titled “Physical Volume of Business”
Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images


And why Walt Disney’s dream project was a smash hit anyway

Walt Disney in front of the Fantasyland castle on Disneyland’s opening day. Credit: Allan Grant/Getty Images


An extra chapter from ‘The Attention Merchants’ explains the connection between your morning coffee and your morning news

Illustration: Oscar Bolton Green

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