A few thoughts on how finance improves and why it sometimes sucks.
Should you pay off debt or invest the money instead? To answer this it's useful to think of debt as the opposite of a risk-free investment, and to put a number on the risk.
The new tax plan appears to make deducting charitable donations harder, but that just means that effective altruists get to have more fun gaming the code. I offer five schemes to get tax benefits from your donations, just remember that I'm not actually a tax lawyer.
People have lent money to family and friends since money was invented, and I have been doing it since I was a teenager. So why is the internet unanimous in saying that it's a terrible idea?
Putanumonit's simple and suboptimal guide to personal finance and investment.
No table of income distribution tells the whole story, so I had to make up one.
Can money buy happiness? Of course! Just follow a few principles and a simple formula, and when in doubt: buy good soap.
Putanumonit has raised more than $8,000 for a trial of basic income in Africa, including reader donations and my own matching.
How my friends and I created our own currency and turned the delegation of chores into a fun mini-economy.
The prop betting game that will make your Super Bowl party unforgettable regardless of whether you give a crap about football.
Some housekeeping notes and figuring out what the jackpot has to be for a positive-value lottery.
On the eve of Powerball mania, some advice on making the most of lotteries (whether you play or not) using the power of math and optimism.