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James Surowiecki

Twilight of the Brands? Not Really

Tom Silva | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Tom Silva

A few weeks ago, The New Yorker's business maven, James Surowiecki set off a tremor in the marketing world when he penned a widely circulated essay called "Twilight of the Brands."

A CNBC Mention, Positive Or Negative, Causes Stock Prices To Rise

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business

For most companies, just getting mentioned on CNBC is enough to send stock prices rising -- and it doesn't seem to matter if the news is good or bad. ...

Education's Blockbuster Moment

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

As 2010 -- a year that might as well be known as "The Year of Education Reform" -- comes to a close, I feel like our field is facing its own series of Blockbuster moments.

Are Struggling Homeowners Getting A 'Stealth Stimulus'?

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The silver lining to the foreclosure crisis cloud, which has stalled foreclosures nationwide, may just be the economic boost that comes from a tempora...

Stimulus: The One Word The Obama Administration Is Now Avoiding

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

President Obama was catching flak for his new stimulus plan even before he announced it last week. The problem with the proposed measures, according t...

Do We Need A Tax Bracket For The Super-Rich?

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Should someone who makes $400,000 a year pay the same effective tax rate as someone who makes $40 million a year? In a recent CNBC spot, two analysts ...

The Regulation Crisis: James Surowiecki

newyorker.com | James Surowiecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

These failures weren't accidents. They were the all too predictable result of the deregulationary fervor that has gripped Washington in recent years, ...

Finance for Dummies

Yvette Kantrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Yvette Kantrow

For a nation of people who don't understand how credit cards work, we sure produce a lot of books about business, finance and Wall Street. It's a bit like obesity. We publish a ton of diet books, but just keep getting fatter.

Carried Interest Tax Break Costs The Government Billions, Is A Gift To Financiers: The New Yorker

newyorker.com | James Surowiecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In a typical private-equity fund, the managers get paid two per cent of assets as a regular fee, plus twenty per cent of the fund's profits. They pay ...

The Debt Economy - How The Tax Code Encourages Debt : The New Yorker

newyorker.com | James Surowiecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

. Debt didn't get dangerously out of scale because the system was broken. It got out of scale, in part, because the system worked. The government d...

Elizabeth Warren: Financial Rules 'Literally Don't Work Anymore,' Regulations Should Be 'Clear And Painful'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Elizabeth Warren, a professor at Harvard Law School who has more recently assumed the role of chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the ...

Barney Frank Talks To The New Yorker's James Surowiecki (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The New Yorker's James Surowiecki sat down with House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank and talked financial regulation, health care ...

Realigning The Third Wheel

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

While the stimulus package directed $140 billion to state governments, the recovery act sent very little money directly to cities, which would generate longer-term dividends for federalism.

What European Fiscal Austerity Is Doing To The U.S.

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

As the G-20 meeting of the world's 20 biggest economies approaches, the right is cultivating a strategic relationship with the "reformed socialists" o...

There's Something About Print

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harry Moroz

If local papers disappear entirely (that is, if their digital versions fail), the evidence suggests that "untraditional" sources like blogs just won't be able to pick up the displaced audience.