There are few pleasures quite as exquisite as a stay in a five-star hotel. Add “getting a bargain” into the experience, and you may as well add an extra star. Bliss! Unfortunately, the words “five-star” and “bargain” rarely appear together. To qualify for the top rating, a hotel’s staff must personally greet every guest (with flowers or a gift if in Europe). The accommodation should be luxurious. The facilities should meet every need. This costs money.
The past year proved that one remote work is here to stay. Many cities are taking advantage of that trend by offering incentives to remote workers who relocate to their communities. People in all industries no longer need to live in large expensive cities to make a living.
“Time is money,” they say. Depending on where in the world you are, data can be expensive, too. But when judging the value of a country’s mobile data plans, you need to take all three variables into account. What use is cheap data if you spend minute after minute waiting for it to load?
As of June 2021, there are 10,000 types of cryptocurrency. Yes, really. What’s even more shocking is that this number is up from just 4,000 in January 2021. Cryptocurrency is exploding in popularity and value. So I decided to do a deep dive into what some are calling the future of money. I researched as many definitions as I could find and explored four popular types. Here is what I learned.
It’s 11 PM on a Friday, and I’m doom scrolling on the internet when I take a detour to Refinery 29 for something light. I end up down a rabbit hole called The Money Diaries.
When you go to an ATM you probably take out twenties more than any other denomination. Twenty-dollar bills account for 23% of all currency in circulation, second only to the dollar bill (31%). While you do your best to stretch your money as far as it will go, you are fighting an invisible force that guarantees the purchasing power of $20 will decline year after year.
Are you old enough to remember when Twitter was brand new and nobody knew what to do with it? A time, even, before hashtags? Gradually, folk figured out how to use (and misuse) Twitter —exploiting it to build fame, influence, and votes. And wealth. You only need a few thousand followers to start making a buck with promotional tweets. And celebrities with millions of followers and a distinct brand (and a nonchalance about “selling out”) are making millions of dollars…
Economic theories, like the paradox of thrift, help explain common, observable behaviors and outcomes in financial markets. They also are the basis for strategies to deal with economic problems. We are familiar with concepts such as supply and demand, but there are more than fifty economic theories, many of which were interpreted by renowned economist John Maynard Keynes. His ideas profoundly impacted the way the United States government approached monetary policy in the 20th century.
Have you ever thought about moving to a different country? Or maybe you are wondering how far a US dollar will go on your next international vacation. Even if you are just a curious mental traveler, you’ll be fascinated to learn which countries ended up on the list of Top 20 most expensive countries to live in 2021.
A century after the world’s first commercial radio broadcast, podcasts are bigger than ever. The media landscape is pure sci-fi compared to 1920. Video games, 3D cinema, and artificially intelligent household devices battle for our attention. But the humble radio show has evolved to keep up. The podcast is simple and convenient: you listen when you want, where you want. It demands only your ears, a fraction of your attention. One report found that 65% of podcast fans listen on…