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Is Bitcoin's rise driven by Russian pyramid schemer Sergey Mavrodi moving into China?

Is Bitcoin's rise driven by Russian pyramid schemer Sergey Mavrodi moving into China?

Bitcoin’s price jumped this week, but mostly in China. Is a notorious MMM pyramid schemer Sergey Mavrodi responsible? He wouldn't be the first hustler to get in on the market.

Is busking on the NYC subway more lucrative than streaming on Spotify?
  • Economics

Is busking on the NYC subway more lucrative than streaming on Spotify?

Hopes&Fears ventures into New York City's underground to find out how subway buskers are faring in the age of playlists, piracy, and in-transit selfies.

  • News

Japan can no longer afford to give every new centenarian a silver sake cup

Japan can no longer afford to give every new centenarian a silver sake cup

The country may end the gift-giving entirely, or find a cheaper way to continue the tradition.

  • News

Lack of education is as deadly as smoking

Lack of education is as deadly as smoking

In 2010, 145,243 deaths could have been saved if the population who did not finish high school went on to complete a GED.

  • Bummer of the day

Sure, you get richer as you get older... if you were born during the Great Depression

Sure, you get richer as you get older... if you were born during the Great Depression

Who's got a time machine?

  • Infographic of the day

What's your body worth on the black market?

What's your body worth on the black market?

The highest estimate values the illegal trade in organs at $1.2 billion.

  • News

Rich, dumb kids are more likely to get good jobs than smart, poor kids

Rich, dumb kids are more likely to get good jobs than smart, poor kids

Wealthy parents create 'glass floor' so their kids succeed, study finds.

  • Chart of the day

More rich, educated people drink booze

More rich, educated people drink booze

More wealthy and educated Americans drink alcohol than do Americans with less money and less education, according to a recent poll.

  • Chart of the day

How much is a beer at every Major League Baseball Stadium in 2015?

How much is a beer at every Major League Baseball Stadium in 2015?

Boy, Red Sox fans have it the worst.

  • News

Rock and rollers have it right: living risky makes you happier

Rock and rollers have it right: living risky makes you happier

Many rock and roll stars untimely deaths have transformed them into legends. Now we know these behaviors quite possibly have economic and biological reasoning behind them.

  • News

Furniture giant IKEA to pay employees living wage

Furniture giant IKEA to pay employees living wage

Not just meatballs and flat-rate packaging at the Swedish furnishing company.

  • News

UK will attempt to close gender gap by having big business spill their wages

UK will attempt to close gender gap by having big business spill their wages

David Cameron, the UK’s prime minster, announced that he wants large companies (those with 250 employees are more) to disclose what their employee wages are.

  • Chart of the day

Most UK students are too optimistic about finding a job and will be sorely disappointed, study finds

Most UK students are too optimistic about finding a job and will be sorely disappointed, study finds

Over half of UK college graduates are currently working in a job that they believe does not even require a degree.

  • Map of the day

One hundred dollars won't get you much in Washington, DC

One hundred dollars won't get you much in Washington, DC

The Tax Foundation has released a map which reveals how far $100 will get you in each US State.

  • News

US economy may be healthiest it's been since recession, unemployment rate at seven-year low

US economy may be healthiest it's been since recession, unemployment rate at seven-year low

In June, US employers added 223,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent - the lowest it's been in seven years.

  • Chart of the day

What the richest 1% make in 25 different countries

What the richest 1% make in 25 different countries

Where do the richest of the rich live? Apparently Switzerland and Australia.

  • News

Denmark might be eliminating paper money

Denmark might be eliminating paper money

The Danish government is considering eliminating paper money from its currency.

  • News

Top banks pony up large sum for currency manipulation

Top banks pony up large sum for currency manipulation

Five banks have been charged with tampering with foreign exchange rates, and have agreed to pay up $5.6 billion in fines.

  • News

Gold bugs are launching a gold-backed Bitcoin... again

Gold bugs are launching a gold-backed Bitcoin... again

The idea is that gold would act as a hedge against Bitcoin’s volatility, notoriously declared the worst investment of 2014.

  • News

Lottery hacked by the most obvious person

Lottery hacked by the most obvious person

Someone very close to lottery operations is accused of hacking the computers that pick the winning numbers and purchasing the big ticket.